The St. Louis Cardinals won the opener of a six-game home stand Monday. Putting aside the memories of the dreadful road trip the team just completed, the Cardinals used a good start by Joe Kelly and the benefit of a rare call to beat the New York Mets 5-4.
Starter Joe Kelly, who recently took over Lance Lynn's spot in the rotation, was cruising when he hit trouble with two outs in the seventh inning. With two outs and nobody on, Kelly allowed a walk, a home run and a triple. He left the game but eventually picked up his fifth win.
Kelly also contributed at the plate. He doubled and scored in the Cardinals two-run 3rd inning.
The Cardinals were also helped by a rare call on the 9th inning. Closer Jason Motte allowed what appeared to be a leadoff double to Andres Torres. The Cardinals appealed at first base, though, and Torres was called out for missing the base. Manager Mike Matheny said in his postgame comments on Fox Sports Midwest that outfielder Carlos Beltran, who was not in the game at the time, alerted the coaches and suggested the Cardinals appeal the play.
Instead of facing the tying run on second base with nobody out, Motte had the all-important first out of the inning. He went on to finish his 33rd save of the year. He was brought in to the game in the 8th inning and had to get five outs for the save.
From a fan's view this win was crucial. The Cardinals just finished a tough trip which saw them lose five of the last six games of the ten-game road swing. Fortunately for the Cardinals, the Pittsburgh Pirates, another contender for a National League wild card spot, have been even worse. The Pirates lost Sunday for their fourth loss in a row.
The Cardinals send lefty Jaime Garcia to the hill Tuesday. Garcia will be trying to shrug off a poor start in his last outing. Garcia game up six runs in an 8-1 loss to the Washington Nationals last Thursday. He will be opposed by Matt Harvey, who is 3-3 with a very good ERA of 2.76.A native of St. Louis, Brad Boeker has rooted for the Cardinals for over 40 years.
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