May 16, 2013: Mets End Six-Game Skid

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Date: May 16, 2013
Mets starter: Jonathon Niese
Mets: 5
Cardinals: 2
Winning pitcher: Jonathon Niese
Key player(s): Daniel Murphy, David Wright, Jonathon Niese
Key play: Murphy’s two doubles, Wright’s single and double

The Mets faced the Cardinals on a Thursday afternoon in St. Louis. The teams played the finale of a four-game series. The Mets ended a six-game losing streak with a 5-2 win over the Redbirds.

Following a scoreless first inning, Cards’ starter Adam Wainwright pitched a perfect top of the second. Yadier Molina singled against the Mets’ Jonathon Niese to open the bottom half. David Freese grounded out to third baseman David Wright and a pop-up by Ty Wigginton was caught by second baseman Daniel Murphy. Pete Kozma hit a double to drive home Molina for a 1-0 St. Louis lead. Niese then retired Wainwright on a line drive to left fielder Lucas Duda for the inning’s final out.

Jordany Valdespin got a bunt single with two outs in the top of the third. Murphy doubled to bring home Valdespin and advanced to third base on a throw. Wright followed with a single that scored Murphy for a 2-1 Mets lead. Wainwright threw a called third strike past Ike Davis to end the inning. Niese then set down the Cardinals on three consecutive infield ground balls in the bottom half.

Niese and Wainwright each pitched scoreless fourth and fifth innings. Leading off the top of the sixth, Murphy hit a fly ball that went through an open slot in the right field wall for a ground-rule double. Wright doubled to score Murphy and moved to third base on an error by center fielder Shane Robinson. Davis was struck out and Duda hit a sacrifice fly that brought home Wright and extended the Mets’ lead to 4-1. Wainwright retired John Buck on an inning-ending foul pop-up to catcher Molina. Niese then shut down the Redbirds in the bottom half.

Rick Ankiel hit a ground-rule double against St. Louis reliever Randy Choate to lead off the top of the seventh inning. Ruben Tejada singled and Niese went down on strikes. Valdespin popped out to Molina and a walk to Murphy loaded the bases. Fernando Salas came in to pitch for the Cards and retired Wright on a line drive to second baseman Matt Carpenter that closed out the inning. Niese then pitched a perfect bottom half.

Duda hit a one-out double in the top of the eighth. Buck singled to bring home Duda with the Mets’ fifth run of the game. Salas retired Ankiel and Tejada on outfield fly balls to finish off the inning and Carpenter doubled with one out in the bottom half. Robinson drew a walk and Carlos Beltran singled against Mets’ reliever Brandon Lyon to score Carpenter. Lyon got Allen Craig to hit a grounder to Wright for an inning-ending double play. St. Louis’s Joe Kelly then hurled a scoreless top of the ninth.

Mets’ reliever Bobby Parnell retired Molina on a ground ball to shortstop Tejada to begin the bottom of the ninth inning. Pinch-hitter Daniel Descalso popped out to Tejada and a single by pinch-hitter Matt Adams ensued. Parnell then struck out Kozma to end the game. The Mets had a victory that halted their six-game skid.