The visiting Mets prevailed over St. Louis Tuesday night 3-0, assuring the Mets of winning this series, and making the Mets 6-0 in winning series to start the season. The game was nowhere near as exciting as the barn-burner of an opener of the series, but it counts the same in the scorebook as they say.
The Mets kicked off the scoring in the third when Jeff McNeil led off with a liner to right that the hustling McNeil turned into a double. James McCann then drove a long shot to dead center for another double, scoring McNeill in the process. Starling Marte added a single to put the score at 2-0. The Mets added a final run in the ninth when Marte was HBP with the bases loaded.
That HBP was not unusual this night, there were six in this contest including a head shot to Pete Alonso that brought the Met bench out to the field, but no scuffle resulted as the Cards wisely remained in their dugout. McNeil and Marte both went 2 for 4 at the plate, and McCann went 3 of 4.
Chris Bassitt hurled 6 innings for the Mets to improve his record to 3-1. Bassitt surrendered only 2 hits, but it seemed there were always Cardinals on base due to his 3 BB and 2 HBP. Edwin Diaz pitched a scoreless ninth to record his third save. Starter Jordan Hicks pitched only two innings for St. Louis before he left in the third due to an injury to his right wrist. He took the loss to drop his record to 1-2.
The Mets improved their record to 14-5, keeping them firmly in first place in the NL East. They will try for the sweep in a day game Wednesday.