On Monday night at Busch Stadium, the Mets scored five runs in the ninth inning to defeat the Cardinals 5-2 in extra innings.
Tyler O’Neill’s two-run single in the bottom of the eighth inning gave the Cardinals a 2-0 lead and snapped a scoreless tie for the first time in the game.
Nolan Arenado’s throwing mistake allowed Eduardo Escobar to score, bringing the game to a 2-2 tie in the bottom of the ninth inning. Giovanny Gallegos relieved him and retired two of the first three batters he faced in the inning.
The Mets seized the lead on a sacrifice fly by Dominic Smith, who hammered a shot over the first base fence.
However, Gallegos was late in covering first base as a result of Paul Goldschmidt’s excellent diving stop. Smith was safe, and two more Mets scored to give the Mets a 3-2 lead over the Nationals.
When T.J. McFarland entered the game to relieve Gallegos, the Mets scored two more on a two-run home run by Brandon Nimmo, making it a five-run inning for the team from New York.
Ahead of the late scoring, this game featured an amazing pitcher’s duel between the Mets’ Miles Mikolas and his counterpart, the Nationals’ Max Scherzer. Mikolas went seven innings without allowing a run and struck out five batters.
Scherzer also went seven innings without allowing a run, striking out a total of ten Cardinals batters.