DeJong homer lifts Cardinals past Mets
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[June 17, 2019]
Paul DeJong continued to thrive
against the New York Mets when he hit a tiebreaking solo homer with
one out in the eighth inning as the visiting St. Louis Cardinals
made the most of three hits and capped an eventful four-game series
with a 4-3 victory on Sunday afternoon.
DeJong snapped a 3-3 tie when he lifted a 3-1 belt-high breaking
ball from Chris Flexen (0-3) into the lower rows of the left-field
seats. It was the shortstop's third homer of the four-game series,
ninth career homer against the Mets and sixth career homer in New
DeJong's homer helped the Cardinals win three games in the weekend
set. St. Louis won each game by scoring the go-ahead runs in the
eighth inning or later and nearly tied the game in the ninth on
Saturday when Jack Flaherty was thrown out at the plate by second
baseman Jeff McNeil's throw from right field.
Paul Goldschmidt hit a two-run homer in the first and St. Louis did
not get another hit until DeJong's 13th homer. The Cardinals scored
their third run when Goldschmidt scored on a double-play grounder by
Yadier Molina in the fourth.
J.D. Davis, Adeiny Hechavarria and Juan Lagares produced RBI singles
in the first three innings for the Mets, who dropped to 34-37.
The Mets activated second baseman Robinson Cano from a second
injured list stint and the second baseman was 1-for-3.
Mets left-hander Jason Vargas exited with a cramp in his left calf
that started after he fouled a pitch off his left foot. He allowed
three runs and one hit in four innings.
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Cardinals shortstop Paul DeJong (12) hits a solo home run against
the New York Mets in the eighth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory
Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports
Wilmer Font followed Vargas and pitched three hitless innings before
Flexen's ill-fated slider to DeJong.
St. Louis right-hander Dakota Hudson allowed three runs and eight
hits in six innings with three walks and three strikeouts.
Andrew Miller (3-2) worked around a single in the seventh, Carlos
Martinez pitched two scoreless innings and recorded his second save,
ending the game by getting pinch hitter Wilson Ramos on a double
play started by DeJong.
St. Louis took a 2-0 lead on Goldschmidt's 13th homer, but the Mets
took a 3-2 lead on an RBI single by Davis in the first ahead of RBI
singles by Hechavarria and Lagares in the third. St. Louis tied the
game in the fourth when Goldschmidt walked and later scored on a
double-play grounder by Molina.
--Field Level Media
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