Kodai Senga allowed just two hits over seven innings and the Mets hit three home runs en route to a 13-2 laugher over the Cardinals Saturday night in St. Louis. The victory gives the Mets the series win and they’ll go for the sweep tomorrow afternoon.
The Mets gave Senga an early lead on another poor defensive play by the Cardinals, one which officially went as a double steal, with Francisco Lindor scoring a run. It was a big game for Lindor, who had four hits and scored three runs, including one in the third inning that made it 2-0.
DJ Stewart made it 3-0 in the fourth inning with a solo homer. And Daniel Vogelbach turned it into a laugher with a grand slam home run in the fifth. Pete Alonso completed the HR barrage with a two-run blast in the seventh. Metsense tells me it was the sixth straight multi-homer game for the Mets, which is tied for the most in the majors this season.
Meanwhile it was an odd but dominating performance by Senga. He didn’t throw many forkballs early and he didn’t have the 99-mph fastball we’ve seen from him, either. But it didn’t matter. He seemingly toyed with the Cardinals, with the only blemish being a solo homer surrendered to Nolan Arenado. Senga earned his 10th win of the season and lowered his ERA to 3.19, which should vault him into the top 10 in ERA.
The Mets pounded out 13 hits in the game. Jeff McNeil had a three-hit game and is hitting .316 in the month of August.