After their offense was held in check by Tom Glavine in a 2-0 loss in Friday’s series opener, the Cardinals rebounded with 7-6 win Saturday.
Though the game figured to be low scoring with aces Mark Mulder and Pedro Martinez on the mound, the Mets scored four times off Mulder in the bottom of the sixth to take a 6-5 lead. Jim Edmonds doubled home a run in the eighth for St. Louis and Larry Walker’s sacrifice fly later in the inning completed the scoring.
“You’re not going to have a 1-0 game all the time,” said Mulder, whose ERA rose from 2.70 to 3.44.
Mark Grudzielanek homered and matched a career high with four RBIs for the Cardinals, who have won five of seven to improve the best record in the NL to 23-13.
St. Louis is 19-7 against the Mets since the start of the 2001 season.
With Saturday’s victory, the Cardinals scored at least seven runs for the fourth time in five games, proving their offense remains very dangerous even with third baseman Scott Rolen on the disabled list. St. Louis leads the NL in runs scored (192) and is second in batting (.276).
The Mets, losers of three of four, were bidding to move a season-high three games above .500.
One positive out of the loss for New York was a three-run triple in the sixth by struggling second baseman Kaz Matsui, who had only one RBI in his previous nine games. Matsui went 1-for-4 Saturday, and is 3-for-26 (.115) in his last eight games.
With his defense also shaky, many fans at Shea Stadium booed him.
“There’s no booing in Japan,” he said through a translator.
New York’s Mike Cameron had two more hits Saturday, improving his average to .428 (12-for-28) in eight games this season.