Mets set franchise record after toppling Cardinals again

ST. LOUIS — The Mets haven’t bothered to wait until rout day to extend their string of winning streaks.

On Tuesday night, behind a strong pitching display from Chris Bassitt, they beat the Cardinals 3-0 at Busch Stadium to set a franchise record by winning a sixth straight series earlier in the season.

Bassitt followed Max Scherzer’s seven-inning shutout a night earlier by putting up six scoreless innings in which he allowed two hits and three walks with a hit batsman and batted six.

The Mets (14-5) will have Carlos Carrasco on the mound against Steven Matz Wednesday afternoon as they pursue their first series win of the season.

Bassitt struggled against the Giants in his last start, giving up five runs over six innings with a loss, but he avoided trouble after the first inning that night when the Cardinals had two runners on base.

Jeff McNeil (right) celebrates with Brandon Nimmo after scoring a run in the third inning of the Mets' 3-0 win over the Cardinals in which Chris Bassit (left) threw for six innings scoreless.
Jeff McNeil (right) celebrates with Brandon Nimmo after scoring a run in the third inning of the Mets’ 3-0 win over the Cardinals in which Chris Bassitt (left) threw for six innings scoreless.
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The right-handed batters went 2-for-13 with five strikeouts against Bassitt, who entered the night after allowing the right-handers just one hit in 26 at-bats.

Pete Alonso was drilled in the helmet by a Kodi Whitley substitution in the eighth inning. Alonso spoke a few words to the pitcher after he got up and trotted to first base, and Mets players briefly dribbled out of the dugout and stopped before reaching the field. Alonso was examined by the coach at first base but stayed in the game.

It was a second scary incident for Alonso, who was drilled into the jaw extension during the opening series in Washington.

In the ninth inning, Aaron Brooks knocked Starling Marte down with his bases loaded to start the Mets’ final run. The Mets have been hit by 17 pitches this season, leading the major leagues.

Adam Ottavino drilled Tommy Edman near the ankle leading off the bottom of the eighth. In the sixth, Bassitt hit Nolan Arenado in the midsection.

Drew Smith, Ottavino and Edwin Diaz each had a relieved shutout inning. Smith continued to impress, extending his goalless streak to six appearances earlier in the season.

The Mets jumped on Jordan Hicks for two carries in the third to take a 2-0 lead. Jeff McNeil and James McCann stroked back-to-back doubles in the first heat, and Marte’s scorching RBI single after third base added another. Hicks left with a bruised right wrist before the inning was complete.

McCann’s double to the midfield fence was his second loud hit of the road trip. The collapsing catcher also shattered a home run that was significant in the Mets win Friday night in Arizona.

Edman went into the third and stole the second against Bassitt and McCann before the right-hander beat out Paul Goldschmidt and Tyler O’Neill to end the threat. Mets set franchise record after toppling Cardinals again


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