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Cardinals keep rolling with win over Mets

Coverage of today's Cards and Mets game can be heard on Newstalk 97.3 WTIM beginning at 12:10pm.

St.  Louis,  MO (SportsNetwork.com)  - Michael Wacha  turned in another strong effort  by a St. Louis starting pitcher to lead the Cardinalss to a season-high fifth  straight victory,  a  5-2 decision  over  the New  York  Mets at  Busch Stadium.

Wacha  (5-5) held the Mets to a run on five hits while striking out seven over six  innings of work. The young right-hander received support from Jon Jay and Matt Holliday, both of whom had two hits and came through with an RBI during a two-run fifth inning.

Yadier  Molina  added a solo  homer for the Cardinals,  who have now won eight of their  last nine  games and limited the opposition to a total of seven runs in those triumphs.

David  Wright and  Lucas Duda both homered  and finished with two hits for the Mets,  but  New York  recorded just three  other hits and  lost for the eighth straight time on the road and 11th in 14 tries overall.

Jon  Niese  (3-4) was  saddled with  the loss after  surrendering five runs -- three earned -- through six innings.

Niese  matched Wacha  through the  first four  innings as  both starters  were sharp,  with each reached  for an early solo homer that created a 1-1 deadlock that the Cardinals broke behind a pair of big two-out hits in the fifth.

Jay  put  St. Louis  ahead with a  hard triple down  the right-field line that brought  home Daniel Descalso,  hit by a Niese pitch earlier in the frame, and Holliday  followed with a  double in nearly the same spot to extend the margin to 3-1.

Wacha  was  able to  strand Wright  after a leadoff  double in  the top of the sixth,  right before  the Cardinals  broke things  open in  their half  of the inning.

After  a  fielding error by Mets  second baseman Daniel Murphy kept the inning alive,  pinch-hitter  Kolten Wong and  Peter Bourjos came through with back-to-back RBI singles for a 5-1 St. Louis advantage.

Duda  got  the Mets  closer by  leading off the  ninth with  a homer off Jason Motte, who then served up a double to Anthony Recker before Pat Neshek came on to get the final three outs and earn his second save of the season.

Molina  clubbed a Niese  fastball over the wall in left to stake theCardinals to  a 1-0 edge  in the second inning, but Wright answered with a solo blast of his own to begin the fourth.

                                   Game Notes

For  a second  straight game, Mets manager Terry Collins batted the pitcher in the  No. 8 spot  in the lineup and had outfielder Eric Young hit ninth ... The Cardinals improved to 20-2 against NL East opponents at home over the past two seasons  ... New  York has  now lost  a series  to the Cardinals for  a sixth straight  time when  visiting Busch Stadium ... Including a win in last year's NL  Championship Series, Wacha moved to 8-0 in his last 11 home starts ... The Mets fell to 3-27 this season when scoring three or less runs.

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