ST. LOUIS (AP) _ Rookie Joe Kelly pitched 6 2-3 effective
innings and also doubled, and the St. Louis Cardinals took
advantage of a baserunning mistake to beat the New York Mets 5-4
Andres Torres led off the Mets ninth with an apparent double,
but was called out by first base umpire Dave Rackley on an appeal
for missing first base.
Kelly (5-6) allowed five hits and two runs. He made his second
start after a brief stint in the bullpen, and turned in his longest
outing of the season.
Edward Mujica got the last out of the seventh, giving him 16
straight scoreless appearances since coming over from Miami at the
trade deadline. Jason Motte recorded five outs for his 33rd save in
Skip Schumaker hit a solo homer and Matt Carpenter drove in two
runs for the NL wild card-leading Cardinals. Yadier Molina and
Allen Craig added RBI singles and Kelly scored a run.
Daniel Murphy and Kelly Shoppach hit two-run homers for New
York, which had won three straight and seven of eight.
Collin McHugh (0-1), recalled from Triple-A Buffalo to make the
start, lasted just four innings and gave up four runs.
McHugh blanked the Colorado Rockies for seven innings Aug. 23 in
his major league debut.
It took the Cardinals just two batters to give McHugh an ERA.
Jon Jay led off with a triple into the left-field corner and
Carpenter followed with an RBI groundout.
The Cardinals got two more in the third and Schumaker’s first
home run leading off the fourth made it 4-0.
Kelly had retired 10 batters in a row before walking Mike Baxter
and then allowing Shoppach’s homer in the seventh.
New York closed within a run on Murphy’s homer off reliever
Mitchell Boggs in the eighth. The Mets had the tying run at second
with one out later in the inning when Motte got Scott Hairston on a
soft liner and struck out Shoppach.
NOTES: Jamie Garcia (3-6) will oppose Mets rookie Matt Harvey
(3-3) in the second game of the three-game set. … Carlos Beltran,
who endured a 5-for-35 road trip (.143) and is battling a sore
knee, was out of the St. Louis starting lineup. … Murphy went 2
for 4, giving him an NL-leading .344 average in day games.
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