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Cardinals stay hot, beat Mets, Greenwood wins in MLB debut

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ST. LOUIS -- Adam Wainwright had a nice view from his seat in the dugout. The kids had it under control.

Allen Craig and Matt Adams each had two RBI and the St. Louis Cardinals got effective work from rookie pitchers subbing for their ace in a 6-2 victory against the New York Mets on Monday night.

Nick Greenwood won his major league debut, with his fiancée, mother, agent and a close friend watching.

"You couldn't ask for a better outing," Greenwood said. "It's awesome. Words can't describe."

Carlos Martinez allowed an unearned run in four innings in his second career start and Greenwood (1-0) allowed a run and two hits in 3 1/3 innings for St. Louis, which has won seven of eight.

"I don't know that you could ask any more," manager Mike Matheny said. "Today could have been a really tough day on our bullpen."

Wainwright is skipping a turn to allow for tendinitis in the back of his elbow to subside. He is expected to return Saturday against the Phillies.

Matt Holliday had two hits, including a single for his 1,000th career RBI in a four-run fifth that put the Cardinals up 6-1. He tipped his helmet to the crowd, and then scored standing up on Craig's double.

"He's pretty stoic most of the time," Matheny said. "But I mentioned something to him and he had a big smile."

Mets manager Terry Collins batted the pitcher eighth for the first time in franchise history but the novel lineup with rookie Jacob deGrom in the eighth slot ahead of Eric Young Jr. mustered just five hits. New York has lost 10 of 13, scoring two or fewer runs six times.

"We scored a run, it was fine, it worked out all right," Collins said. But he wouldn't say whether he would try the ploy again Tuesday, saying "I have no idea."

Adams connected in his first three games coming off the 15-day disabled list from a strained left calf. One of his RBI on Monday came on his third triple, tied for the team lead, and he stung the ball all four at-bats.

"He runs well, he runs deceptively well," Matheny said. "I'd much rather watch him trot."

DeGrom (0-4) gave up six runs and 12 hits in 4 1/3 innings in his seventh career start, all three numbers statistical low points.

"I just look at how many balls were really hit hard," he said. "Three or four were hit hard, the rest just kind of found holes and went through."

The 25-year-old deGrom has allowed 13 runs and 26 hits in 15 innings during his past three starts.

He handled the bat fine, with a sacrifice in the third and a broken-bat liner to second with the base loaded in the fourth after Ruben Tejada was intentionally walked.

Young, activated from the 15-day disabled list before the game, had an infield hit to help manufacture a run in the third. But Martinez struck him out to end the fourth.

"I haven't seen one of those sliders like that in a couple weeks," Young said. "It's just a timing thing. But he made his pitch when he needed to and you tip your cap."

The 22-year-old Martinez is one of the Cardinals' top rotation prospects with a fastball that registered triple digits in the first inning. He's been a setup man most of the year with a previous long outing of 2 2/3 innings and needed only 14 pitches to retire the Mets in order the first two innings.

The Cardinals selected the 26-year-old Greenwood's contract from Triple-A Memphis on Sunday to provide support behind Martinez. Greenwood grew up a Yankees fan and walked the first batter he faced, former Yankee Curtis Granderson.

"You can't really prepare yourself for something like that," Greenwood said. "After that the emotions, you've got to put them away and go after them."

Seth Maness retired the last four hitters in order for his first save in his first chance of the season.

Notes

The Cardinals are 19-2 against the NL East at home the past two seasons. ... RHP Michael Wacha (4-5, 2.88 ERA) opposes Mets LHP Jonathon Niese (3-3, 2.54 ERA) on Tuesday. Wacha had a career-best 10 strikeouts and a career-worst five walks April 23 at Citi Field, when he lasted only four innings in a 3-2 loss. ... St. Louis Rams draft picks in the final week of OTAs attended the game. ... The attendance of 42,808 was the Cardinals' 18th sellout of the season.

 
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St. Louis' Matt Holliday collects career RBI No. 1,000 with a run-scoring single in the fifth. (USATSI)
St. Louis' Matt Holliday collects career RBI No. 1,000 with a run-scoring single in the fifth. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
St. Louis

A. Craig
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 2
New York

C. Young
AB 1
R 0
H 1
HR 0
RBI 1
 
New York (N.L.) Mets
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Curtis Granderson, CF-RF2001100 .227
Daniel Murphy, 2B3110101 .299
David Wright, 3B4010022 .262
Bobby Abreu, RF2000110 .300
   a-Chris Young, PH-CF1011000 .201
Lucas Duda, 1B4010022 .240
Taylor Teagarden, C3000002 .125
   b-Matt den Dekker, PH1000002 .159
   Josh Edgin, P0000000 .000
Ruben Tejada, SS2100210 .226
Jacob deGrom, P1000003 .417
   Dana Eveland, P0000000 .000
   c-Eric Campbell, PH1000000 .280
   Gonzalez Germen, P0000000 .000
   Anthony Recker, C1000000 .198
Eric Young Jr., LF4010013 .221
Totals2925257  
a-singled for Abreu in the 8th
b-grounded out for Teagarden in the 8th
c-grounded out for Eveland in the 7th
Batting
2B - Lucas Duda (15, Martinez)
SF - Curtis Granderson (4)
SH - Jacob deGrom (3)
RBI - Curtis Granderson (32), Chris Young (16)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Eric Young Jr. 1
DP - Wright-Tejada-Duda
New York (N.L.) Mets
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jacob deGrom (L,0-4) 4.11266220 4.39
Dana Eveland 1.2000020 1.13
Gonzalez Germen 1000000 3.32
Josh Edgin 1000010 2.00
Pitches-Strikes - Jacob deGrom 91-56, Dana Eveland 19-11, Gonzalez Germen 6-5, Josh Edgin 18-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jacob deGrom 6-3, Dana Eveland 3-0, Gonzalez Germen 2-1, Josh Edgin 2-0
Batters Faced - Jacob deGrom 25, Dana Eveland 5, Gonzalez Germen 3, Josh Edgin 3
St. Louis Cardinals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Matt Carpenter, 3B4000020 .283
Jon Jay, CF3320100 .307
Matt Holliday, LF4121011 .264
Allen Craig, RF4132000 .264
Matt Adams, 1B4122001 .330
Yadier Molina, C3010102 .284
Jhonny Peralta, SS4021010 .237
Kolten Wong, 2B4000002 .238
Carlos Martinez, P2000011 .000
   Nick Greenwood, P1000002 .000
   Randy Choate, P0000000 .000
   Seth Maness, P1000000 .000
Totals34612625  
Batting
2B - Jon Jay (8, deGrom), Allen Craig (14, deGrom)
3B - Matt Adams (3, deGrom)
RBI - Matt Holliday (34), Allen Craig 2 (37), Matt Adams 2 (23), Jhonny Peralta (27)
2-OUT RBI - Matt Adams (8)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Peralta-Adams
E - Jhonny Peralta (7, Throwing)
St. Louis Cardinals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Carlos Martinez 4210430 4.19
Nick Greenwood (W,1-0) 3.1211130 2.70
Randy Choate 0.1100010 6.50
Seth Maness (S,1) 1.1000000 2.45
IBB - Tejada by Carlos Martinez
WP - Carlos Martinez (5)
Pitches-Strikes - Carlos Martinez 59-31, Nick Greenwood 60-38, Randy Choate 10-5, Seth Maness 16-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Carlos Martinez 6-3, Nick Greenwood 5-1, Seth Maness 3-1
Batters Faced - Carlos Martinez 18, Nick Greenwood 12, Randy Choate 2, Seth Maness 4
Game Information
Attendance - 42808
Game Time - 2:52
Temperature - 91
Umpires - Home - John Tumpane, First Base - James Hoye, Second Base - Bill Welke, Third Base - Bob Davidson