The Mets jumped out to a 5-1 lead and held on for a 5-4 win to take the first of a three-game series in St. Louis Friday night.
The visitors had a ton of baserunners early and while they scored four runs in the first four innings, it felt like they should have scored more. Still, they knocked Adam Wainwright out of the game early but managed just one run in six innings against the Cardinals’ pen.
But that one run was a sight to behold. Pete Alonso hit a laser beam that off the bat looked like it wouldn’t reach the warning track but just kept going and going. Not only did it go out, but it cleared the CF fence by a healthy margin. The solo blast put the Mets up, 5-1.
Jason Vargas started the game and was pulled after four innings, so he wouldn’t have to face the Cards’ lineup for a third time. But the relievers who came in didn’t do so hot. Seth Lugo gave up two runs, Jeurys Familia surrendered an unearned run and Justin Wilson did not retire a batter. Robert Gsellman came on in the eighth to get two big outs and was by far the team’s best reliever of the night.
Edwin Diaz came on in the ninth and put runners on the corners but got Yadier Molina to end things with a lazy fly to center. Shaky as it was, it was the seventh save in seven tries for Diaz.