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Rapid Reaction: Cards 6, Mets 2

6/16/2014

ST. LOUIS -- So how about Team USA’s dramatic World Cup victory against Ghana?

The St. Louis Cardinals knocked out Jacob deGrom in the fifth inning and handed the New York Mets a 6-2 defeat in Monday’s series opener at Busch Stadium before a sellout crowd announced at 42,808.

The Mets have now lost 10 of their past 13. They are 13-29 in St. Louis since 2001.

Still searching: DeGrom struck out Matt Carpenter to begin the bottom of the fifth. The rookie did not record another out. The next six St. Louis batters reached before Terry Collins pulled deGrom with the Mets trailing 6-1 and two on base. The damage in the four-run frame included an RBI single by Matt Holliday, who produced his 1,000th career RBI.

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Terry Collins approaches the mound to retrieve Jacob deGrom after six straight Cardinals batters reached with one out in the fifth.

DeGrom remained winless through seven major league starts. His ERA climbed to 4.39 after the 91-pitch effort, which included surrendering 12 hits.

He’s back: Left fielder Eric Young Jr. had an uneven return from the disabled list. He threw out Allen Craig attempting to score from second on Yadier Molina's single to end the third inning and hold the Mets’ deficit at 2-1 at the time. A half inning later, though, Young struck out against Carlos Martinez to strand the bases loaded.

The Mets had placed two in scoring position with none out in that frame but failed to score. The Amazin’s are now hitting .157 (11-for-70) with the bases loaded this season.

Young was credited with an infield single in his first at-bat after a scoring change on a would-be error by shortstop Jhonny Peralta. Young finished 1-for-4 as a result.

What reprieve? The flamethrower Martinez, subbing for Adam Wainwright (elbow), limited the Mets to one unearned run in four innings before reaching his pitch count and departing the spot start. Left-hander Nick Greenwood, making his major league debut, took over and held the Mets hitless until Daniel Murphy and David Wright had consecutive one-out singles in the eighth.

Eighth wondering: Batting the pitcher eighth had mixed results before deGrom departed.

It worked out in the second inning, when No. 7 hitter Ruben Tejada had a leadoff walk, deGrom bunted him to second and, after Peralta’s error, Curtis Granderson supplied a sacrifice fly.

In the fourth, however, Cardinals manager Mike Matheny was enticed to intentionally walk Tejada with first base open to load the bases for deGrom with one out. DeGrom had a hard-hit lineout to second base. Young then struck out to strand the bases loaded.

Oh, captain: Wright finished 1-for-4 with two strikeouts. He is now three for his last 43.

What’s next: Jonathon Niese (3-3, 2.54 ERA) opposes right-hander Michael Wacha (4-5, 2.88) at 8:15 p.m. ET Tuesday.