The Mets (12-10) defeated the Cardinals (12-11) by the score of 4-1 at Citi Field on Thursday >> Read a full AP recap and boxscore at SNY.TV.
Need to Know: Daisuke Matsuzaka locked down his first career save pitching a perfect ninth inning. … Bartolo Colon pitched seven innings, let up one run, four hits, walked no one and struck out eight. … Chris Young hit his first home run with the Mets, a second-decker to left field. … Curtis Granderson singled in a run as a pinch hitter … Daniel Murphy had two hits, including a double and two RBI. … The Mets took three of four games from the Cardinals during the series.
Reaction from Matthew Cerrone: Hey, it’s easy to be negative, it’s more difficult to believe. But, the fact is, for whatever reason, the Mets played really, really good baseball this series. They fielded well, they pitched well, they got timely hitting, tack on runs and the bullpen looked outstanding. These are the Cardinals. Are they damaged right now? Sure. But, wins are wins, and the Mets shouldn’t apologize for winning three of four from the defending National League Champions. … Now, what happens against the Marlins? Miami has looked better of late, as well. It would be terrible to let up against the division rival. This is going to be an important, tone-setting series. The Mets fought through a really difficult beginning to April. This sets up for a much more interesting May and June than I expected…
What’s Next: The Mets welcome the Marlins to Citi Field on Friday for the start of a three-game series, when Zack Wheeler (1-2, 4.63 ERA) takes on RHP Henderson Alvarez (1-2, 2.66 ERA) at 7:10 pm ET.