NEW YORK (AP) — Hours after the Mets learned Max Scherzer would join compatriot Jacob deGrom on the disabled list, Pete Alonso kept New York on track with a two-run homer in the 10th inning for a victory of 7-6 against the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday.
Paul Goldschmidt tied it 5-all with two outs in the ninth against Mets closest Edwin Díaz with his fourth RBI of the game. Albert Pujols hit a double play scorer in Game 10 of the Cardinals’ first overinning this year.
With the autorunner at second, Alonso drove Giovanny Gallegos’ second pitch (0-2) into the second deck of left field for his third career game-ending home run. It was the 10th homer of the season for Alonso, who leads the major leagues with 33 RBIs.
Colin Holderman (1-0), who made his league debut last weekend, earned his first big league decision as the Mets reached a season high of 12 games over .500 by winning three of four against the Cardinals.
It was the first time since 2014 that the Mets won the season series against St. Louis.
Jeff McNeil had a tiebreaker, a two-run single and three RBIs and two eye-catching catches for New York.
The Mets said during the game that Scherzer was diagnosed with a strained oblique muscle in his left side after leaving Wednesday night’s win following a pitch. Scherzer is set to be sidelined for six to eight weeks, another blow to a team that leads the NL East 26-14 despite the absence of deGrom, No. 5 starter Tylor Megill and receiver James McCann injured. , as well as relievers Sean Reid-Foley and Trevor May.
Goldschmidt hit a game-tying home run in the third, a brace in the fifth and a sacrifice fly in the seventh. He tied it with a foot hit from shortstop Eduardo Escobar with two outs in the ninth as Díaz saved for the second time in 11 chances.
Harrison Bader had hit on the lead in ninth for his third single, stole second for the second time of the day and advanced to third on a groundout.
McNeil used his right foot to push against the wall into left-field foul territory on Goldschmidt’s sacrifice fly. McNeil landed in position to throw at second and caught Brendan Donovan, who tried to come up from first.
Then with a front-row runner in the eighth, McNeil made a sliding catch on a soft liner to deny Dylan Carlson and threw to second from his back.
New York took a 5-3 lead with a fifth three-pointer. Mark Canha scored on Brandon Nimmo’s ground throw, just beating a high throw from first baseman Albert Pujols that was dropped by catcher Yadier Molina.
Nick Wittgren picked up Dakota Hudson, gave up a single to Lindor and loaded the bases with a four-pitch walk to Alonso who sent the sprawling RBI NL leader. The ball whistled just above the head of Alonso, who has been hit twice in the helmet this season.
McNeill, who led the first inning for the Mets with an infield grounder in the first, followed with a shallow center drive ticked Bader’s glove, a quick Glove Glove winner who nearly made a slippery grab.
McNeil is hitting .313, including .400 with runners in scoring position.
Juan Yepez had a second-inning home run and his first three-hitter game for the Cardinals. He took a called third strike that blocked loaded bases in the ninth.
Cardinals right-hander Andre Pallante stripped a 111 mph understudy from Alonso off his left shoulder in the seventh that went for a single in the field, McNeil, the next batter, hit a 99 mph return from the foot pitcher’s left, and Pallante got the ball throwing first for the out.
LAST TRIP IN
The Mets honored Pujols and Molina ahead of their final regular season games at Citi Field and presented them with charity checks.
Mets OF Starling Marte will likely be activated on Friday after returning from the Dominican Republic, where he traveled following the death of a grandmother
Cardinals: C Andrew Knziner left midway through the fifth inning after pulling a pair of fouls off his mask earlier in the game. … INF Edmundo Sosa didn’t start after straining his left ankle slipping into second when he was caught flying in the fifth moto on Wednesday.
Cardinals: RHP Ada Wainwright (4-3, 3.15) takes the lead Friday in a series opener at Pittburgh, which starts RHP Zach Thompson (2-3, 5.47).
Mets: RHP Carlos Carrasco (3-1, 3.73) starts Friday’s series opener at Colorado and RHP Germán Márquez (1-3, 6.16).
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