If it wasn’t for a slow start and a couple of home runs given up later in the game, the St. Louis Cardinals’ Shelby Miller would have had a perfect day on the mound after fanning 10 New York Mets batters.
Instead, it was the New York Mets that was able to grab a 2-run lead in the first inning and tacked on three more solo home runs to defeat the National League-best St. Louis Cardinals by a 5-1 final.
Miller pitched six innings, striking out 10 and giving up zero walks, but gave up five hits and four earned runs. He was able to get two quick outs until David Wright hit a double, then Daniel Murphy and Lucas Duda were able to hit a couple of singles to left and right field to score a couple runs. Duda and Wright would add a couple of single home runs in the fourth and sixth innings, respectively. Marlon Byrd added another home run in relief.
The Cardinals, who are second in the MLB in runs scored, were only able to score on a solo home run by Allen Craig in the sixth inning. It’s been a slight struggle for the NL Central leaders that have gone 5-5 in their last 10 games. They’ve largely been considered the best team in the league.