Cardinals avoid 4-game sweep as hot bats beat Mets

Cardinals avoid 4-game sweep as hot bats beat Mets

Aug 20, 2023; St. Louis, Missouri, USA; St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Paul Goldschmidt (46) hits an RBI single against the New York Mets in the third inning at Busch Stadium.
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Paul Goldschmidt hit a home run, scored twice and drove in three runs as the St. Louis Cardinals defeated the visiting New York Mets to 7-3 Sunday to avoid a four-game sweep.

Richie Palacios drove in two runs and made a homer-robbing catch for the Cardinals, who finished with 15 hits and snapped their four-game losing streak.

Pete Alonso hit his 39th homer for the Mets, whose four-game winning streak came to an end.

Cardinals starting pitcher Dakota Hudson (5-0) allowed two runs on five hits in 5 1/3 innings. He struck out seven and walked two.

Mets starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco (3-7) allowed three runs on nine hits in fourth innings. He struck out three and walked nobody.

Palacios kept the Mets off the scoreboard in second inning with a leaping catch at the center field wall to rob DJ Stewart of a solo homer.

The Mets broke on top in the third inning. After Omar Narvaez drew a leadoff walk, then Rafael Ortega reached on a fielder’s choice grounder and scored from first base on Jonathan Arauz’s hit-and-run single.

The Cardinals tied the game 1-1 in the bottom of the inning on singles by Tommy Edman, Alec Burleson and Goldschmidt.

Alonso’s 423-foot homer in the fourth inning put the Mets back on top 2-1.

The Cardinals moved ahead 3-2 in the fifth inning. Burleson hit a double and Goldschmidt knocked Carrasco out of the game with his 20th homer of the season.

St. Louis expanded its lead to 7-2 in the seventh inning. Goldschmidt hit a single and Nolan Arenado walked to set the stage. Willson Contreras hit an RBI single, Jordan Walker hit a run-scoring double and Palacios capped the rally with a two-run single.

The Mets cut their deficit to 7-3 in the eighth inning. Francisco Lindor hit a one-out single and Alonso reached base with two outs after striking out on a wild pitch.

Francisco Alvarez hit a single that Tyler O’Neill misplayed in left field. One run scored, but Alonso was thrown out at the plate to end the inning.

—Field Level Media

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