Mets down Cardinals on Opening Day

One of the more memorable season-opening series in NY came in 1985 when former Mets closer Neil Allen gave up an extra-inning, walkoff homer in the first game and a game-losing walk in his second game as the Cardinals' closer - which he wasn't for much longer.

Jose Martinez was the hitting star for the Cardinals. After a walk and a sacrifice bunt, shortstop Amed Rosario drove in two more runs with a single to make it 6-3.

The Cardinals return to action on Saturday afternoon with game two of their three game set against the Mets in NY.

Noah Syndergaard wasn't flawless - 6 hits, 4 ER over 6 innings - but he struck out 10 to earn the win, out-dueling Carlos Martinez of St Louis.

During the Mets' 9-4 Opening Day win over the Cardinals, the team unveiled its new "salt and pepper shaker" celebration. He homered off Syndergaard with two out in the sixth when the game was slipping out of reach. He only allowed four hits, but he walked six. Tommy Pham and Marcell Ozuna each struck out three times ...

The Mets broke the game open in the fifth inning, sending 10 hitters to the plate and scoring five times.

As bad as C. Martinez was, most of the bullpen was no better. Neither Bowman nor Cecil nor Mike Mayers retired the first hitter he faced. A single from Yoenis Cespedes then made it 7-3, and Jay Bruce capped the inning with a single of his own to make it 8-3.

Sam Tuivailala issued two walks in the eighth - the eighth and ninth allowed by Cardinals pitchers - and also threw two wild pitches as he allowed the final run.

  • Rosalie Stanley