Rosenthal late, Reyes hit in 9th lifts Mets over Cards 3-2

NEW YORK (AP) Jose Reyes once was one of the fastest players in baseball. Now in his 15th season, he may have lost a step or two.

He was still speedy enough Thursday.

Cardinals pitcher Trevor Rosenthal was late covering first base on a grounder by Reyes that turned into a game-winning single with two outs in the ninth inning, lifting the New York Mets over St. Louis 3-2.

A leadoff walk and T.J. Rivera's single put runners on the corners with two outs. Reyes then hit a grounder up the first base line, and Matt Carpenter fielded it cleanly well behind the bag.

Rosenthal (2-4) was slow to leave the mound, and Reyes easily beat him to the base with a headfirst dive.

''I saw the first baseman playing way back and I said in my mind if you hit something there, you know, hustle to first base,'' Reyes said. ''When I saw the pitcher, he was standing on the mound for like two seconds and I said, man, it's going to be tough for him to beat me to first base.''

Carpenter never even made a throw. Rosenthal hurdled Reyes as they crossed paths.

''I knew he was playing behind the bag. I got caught looking,'' Rosenthal said. ''It's a fundamental play, a PFP. If we expect guys to play defense behind us, we've got to do our part, too.''

Apparently, all the pitchers' fielding practice in spring training didn't pay off.

''You got to get over. I turned and looked to throw and he's nowhere close,'' Carpenter said.

Reyes' fourth career walkoff RBI gave the Mets a split of the four-game series.

''If the pitcher gets off the mound right away I don't think he makes it,'' Mets manager Terry Collins said. ''But when you delay like that and you've got a guy that runs like Jose runs, who runs hard all the time, that's going to be a tough play.''

Addison Reed (1-2) pitched a perfect ninth.

Tommy Pham drove reliever Erik Goeddel's 3-1 changeup into the lower deck in left field to give the Cardinals a 2-1 advantage in the eighth. It was Pham's 13th home run of the season and third against the Mets.

Pinch-hitter Wilmer Flores homered in the bottom half off Brett Cecil to tie it.

On an oppressively hot afternoon, both starting pitchers did their part to keep the bats cool.

A couple of hours before first pitch, Seth Lugo sat in front of his locker strumming a guitar adorned with the Mets logo, a relaxed look on his face.

The right-hander took that vibe to the mound, keeping the Cardinals off balance with a dizzying curveball and hurling 6 2/3 innings of one-run ball behind a career-high 103 pitches.

Lugo did not allow a hit until two outs in the fifth, when Greg Garcia lined a double into the right field corner.

Lance Lynn allowed one run on three hits in six innings.

Lucas Duda homered into the Cardinals' bullpen to lead off the second, giving the Mets a 1-0 lead and snapping Lynn's scoreless streak at a career-high 14 1/3 innings.

It was Duda's 17th of the season and the 125th of his career, moving him ahead of Todd Hundley for sole possession of seventh place on the franchise's all-time home run list.

After Carpenter worked a one-out walk in the sixth, Pham hit an RBI double.

BULLPEN SHUFFLE

The Mets activated reliever Josh Smoker from the disabled list. The hard-throwing lefty had been out more than a month with a strained shoulder. He is 1-2 with a 7.45 ERA in 22 games. RHP Neil Ramirez was designated for assignment. He was 0-1 with a 7.18 ERA in 29 games combined with San Francisco and New York.

PUTTING ON THE SHIFT

Asdrubal Cabrera, who began the season as the Mets' shortstop but moved over to 2B about a month ago to fill in for the injured Neil Walker, will begin taking grounders at 3B. Cabrera is expected to see action there when Walker returns, Collins said.

Walker (partial tear of left hamstring) is set to begin a rehab assignment on Friday with Triple-A Las Vegas and could be activated on Monday in San Diego. He will also take ground balls at third as well as at first base.

''We've got to start to use a little bit of the versatility that those guys bring to give us a chance each and every day, perhaps adjust the lineup by moving those guys around a little bit,'' Collins said.

Cabrera, a two-time All-Star, has played third only once in the majors. Collins believes the shift will also help his marketability.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Cardinals: OF Randal Grichuk (lower back strain) was 1 for 4 with a three-run homer for Double-A Springfield on Wednesday night. Manager Mike Matheny said the Cards would make sure Grichuk was feeling good after the rehab game and decide where he goes from there.

UP NEXT

Cardinals: St. Louis will open a three-game set at Wrigley Field on Friday afternoon against the Chicago Cubs. RHP Carlos Martinez (6-8, 3.36 ERA) faces RHP Jake Arrieta (9-7, 4.17 ERA) in the series opener. The Cardinals have lost Martinez's last five outings, despite three of them being quality starts.

Mets: Oakland visits Citi Field this weekend for the first time since June 2014. LHP Steven Matz (2-3, 4.58 ERA) starts for the Mets, looking to avoid losing his third straight after being charged with seven runs while only retiring three Rockies batters on Sunday. The Athletics counter with rookie RHP Paul Blackburn (1-0, 1.83 ERA), who has lasted at least six innings in all three starts since making his debut earlier this month.

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  • W: A. Reed (1-2)L: T. Rosenthal (2-4)
  • HR: STL - T. Pham (13), NYM - L. Duda (17), W. Flores (8)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Carpenter 2B-1B31000100.249.383.454.8372.0
T. Pham LF41221000.309.392.532.9249.0
D. Fowler CF40100011.242.329.458.788-0.5
L. Voit 1B30000011.280.345.580.9250.5
K. Wong 2B00000000.304.391.433.8240.0
P. DeJong SS40000011.280.296.548.844-0.5
M. Sierra RF40000011.385.418.385.803-0.5
G. Garcia 3B40200011.226.346.307.6522.5
E. Fryer C30100001.155.277.197.4741.0
L. Lynn P20000000.086.135.143.2780.0
a- J. Gyorko PH10000002.290.350.498.8490.0
M. Bowman P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
B. Cecil P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
T. Rosenthal P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-fouled out for Lynn in the 7th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
C. Granderson RF40000000.224.325.456.7810.0
A. Cabrera 2B40000000.250.333.398.7320.0
M. Conforto CF20200200.286.405.548.9535.0
Y. Cespedes LF41000014.271.323.480.8030.5
L. Duda 1B41111012.246.352.552.9045.5
T. Rivera 3B40100011.289.333.437.7700.5
J. Reyes SS40110010.231.293.392.6861.5
R. Rivera C30000010.250.297.403.700-0.5
S. Lugo P20000020.214.214.571.786-1.0
E. Goeddel P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- W. Flores PH11111000.281.310.456.7676.0
A. Reed P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-homered for Goeddel in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - T. Pham (11), G. Garcia (5)
  • HR - T. Pham (13)
  • RBI - T. Pham 2 (40)
BATTING
  • 2B - M. Conforto (16)
  • HR - L. Duda (17), W. Flores (8)
  • RBI - L. Duda (36), J. Reyes (35), W. Flores (27)
  • 2-Out RBI - J. Reyes (17)
BASERUNNING
  • CS - D. Fowler (3)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
L. Lynn6.03111513.301.1218.5
M. Bowman1.00000203.511.074.0
B. Cecil (BS, 6)1.01110013.691.281.0
T. Rosenthal (L, 2-4)0.22111003.891.22-9.0
PITCHERSIP
L. Lynn6.0
M. Bowman1.0
B. Cecil (BS, 6)1.0
T. Rosenthal (L, 2-4)0.2
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
S. Lugo6.24111504.051.3517.5
E. Goeddel1.12110013.601.100.0
A. Reed (W, 1-2)1.00000002.351.0210.0
PITCHERSIP
S. Lugo6.2
E. Goeddel1.1
A. Reed (W, 1-2)1.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - L. Lynn 104-67, M. Bowman 14-9, B. Cecil 12-9, T. Rosenthal 14-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - L. Lynn 5-8, B. Cecil 2-1, T. Rosenthal 1-1
  • Batters Faced - L. Lynn 22, M. Bowman 3, B. Cecil 4, T. Rosenthal 5
PITCHING
  • HBP - S. Lugo (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - S. Lugo 103-68, E. Goeddel 17-11, A. Reed 13-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Lugo 8-7, E. Goeddel 1-2, A. Reed 1-2
  • Batters Faced - S. Lugo 26, E. Goeddel 5, A. Reed 3
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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M. Carpenter 2B-1B31000100.249.383.454.8372.0
T. Pham LF41221000.309.392.532.9249.0
D. Fowler CF40100011.242.329.458.788-0.5
L. Voit 1B30000011.280.345.580.9250.5
K. Wong 2B00000000.304.391.433.8240.0
P. DeJong SS40000011.280.296.548.844-0.5
M. Sierra RF40000011.385.418.385.803-0.5
G. Garcia 3B40200011.226.346.307.6522.5
E. Fryer C30100001.155.277.197.4741.0
L. Lynn P20000000.086.135.143.2780.0
a- J. Gyorko PH10000002.290.350.498.8490.0
M. Bowman P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
B. Cecil P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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  • a-fouled out for Lynn in the 7th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
C. Granderson RF40000000.224.325.456.7810.0
A. Cabrera 2B40000000.250.333.398.7320.0
M. Conforto CF20200200.286.405.548.9535.0
Y. Cespedes LF41000014.271.323.480.8030.5
L. Duda 1B41111012.246.352.552.9045.5
T. Rivera 3B40100011.289.333.437.7700.5
J. Reyes SS40110010.231.293.392.6861.5
R. Rivera C30000010.250.297.403.700-0.5
S. Lugo P20000020.214.214.571.786-1.0
E. Goeddel P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- W. Flores PH11111000.281.310.456.7676.0
A. Reed P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-homered for Goeddel in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - T. Pham (11), G. Garcia (5)
  • HR - T. Pham (13)
  • RBI - T. Pham 2 (40)
BATTING
  • 2B - M. Conforto (16)
  • HR - L. Duda (17), W. Flores (8)
  • RBI - L. Duda (36), J. Reyes (35), W. Flores (27)
  • 2-Out RBI - J. Reyes (17)
BASERUNNING
  • CS - D. Fowler (3)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
L. Lynn6.03111513.301.1218.5
M. Bowman1.00000203.511.074.0
B. Cecil (BS, 6)1.01110013.691.281.0
T. Rosenthal (L, 2-4)0.22111003.891.22-9.0
Total8.2633272---
PITCHERSIP
L. Lynn6.0
M. Bowman1.0
B. Cecil (BS, 6)1.0
T. Rosenthal (L, 2-4)0.2
Total8.2
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
S. Lugo6.24111504.051.3517.5
E. Goeddel1.12110013.601.100.0
A. Reed (W, 1-2)1.00000002.351.0210.0
Total9.0622151---
PITCHERSIP
S. Lugo6.2
E. Goeddel1.1
A. Reed (W, 1-2)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - L. Lynn 104-67, M. Bowman 14-9, B. Cecil 12-9, T. Rosenthal 14-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - L. Lynn 5-8, B. Cecil 2-1, T. Rosenthal 1-1
  • Batters Faced - L. Lynn 22, M. Bowman 3, B. Cecil 4, T. Rosenthal 5
PITCHING
  • HBP - S. Lugo (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - S. Lugo 103-68, E. Goeddel 17-11, A. Reed 13-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Lugo 8-7, E. Goeddel 1-2, A. Reed 1-2
  • Batters Faced - S. Lugo 26, E. Goeddel 5, A. Reed 3
  • 9TH INNING
    Reyes reached on an infield single to first, Cespedes scored, Rivera to second23
  • 8TH INNING
    Flores homered to left center22
    Pham homered to left21
  • 6TH INNING
    Pham doubled to left center, Carpenter scored11
  • 2ND INNING
    Duda homered to right center01
  • 9TH INNING
    • Addison Reed pitching
    • P. DeJong: DeJong popped out to second
    • M. Sierra: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Sierra grounded out to pitcher
    • G. Garcia: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Garcia popped out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Trevor Rosenthal relieved Brett Cecil
    • M. Conforto: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Conforto walked
    • Y. Cespedes: Ball, Strike looking, Cespedes reached on fielder's choice to third, Conforto out at second
    • L. Duda: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Duda flied out to right
    • T. Rivera: Rivera singled to left center, Cespedes to third
    • J. Reyes: Reyes reached on an infield single to first, Cespedes scored, Rivera to second
  • 8TH INNING
    • E. Goeddel Pitching:
    • M. Carpenter: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Carpenter grounded out to first
    • T. Pham: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Pham homered to left
    • D. Fowler: Fowler singled to left center
    • L. Voit: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Fowler caught stealing, catcher to second, Voit popped out to third
    • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Brett Cecil relieved Matt Bowman
    • Kolten Wong at second
    • R. Rivera: Rivera grounded out to second
    • Wilmer Flores hit for Erik Goeddel
    • W. Flores: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Flores homered to left center
    • C. Granderson: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Granderson grounded out to shortstop
    • A. Cabrera: Cabrera popped out to first
    • End of the 8th (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • S. Lugo Pitching:
    • P. DeJong: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, DeJong lined out to left
    • M. Sierra: Sierra popped bunt out to pitcher
    • G. Garcia: Foul, Ball, Garcia singled to center
    • E. Fryer: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Fryer singled to shallow left, Garcia to second
    • Jedd Gyorko hit for Lance Lynn
    • Erik Goeddel relieved Seth Lugo
    • J. Gyorko: Strike looking, Gyorko fouled out to catcher
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Matt Bowman pitching
    • L. Duda: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Duda popped out to shortstop
    • T. Rivera: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Rivera struck out swinging
    • J. Reyes: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Reyes struck out looking
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • S. Lugo Pitching:
    • L. Lynn: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Lynn grounded out to third
    • M. Carpenter: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Carpenter walked
    • T. Pham: Pham doubled to left center, Carpenter scored
    • D. Fowler: Strike looking, Strike looking, Fowler grounded out to second, Pham to third
    • L. Voit: Strike (foul tip), Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Voit grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • L. Lynn Pitching:
    • C. Granderson: Ball, Ball, Granderson grounded out to second
    • A. Cabrera: Foul, Ball, Ball, Cabrera flied out to deep right
    • M. Conforto: Strike swinging, Ball, Conforto singled to deep right center
    • Y. Cespedes: Strike looking, Ball, Cespedes popped out to shortstop
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • S. Lugo Pitching:
    • P. DeJong: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, DeJong struck out looking
    • M. Sierra: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Sierra grounded out to shortstop
    • G. Garcia: Strike looking, Garcia doubled to deep right
    • E. Fryer: Strike looking, Fryer grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • L. Lynn Pitching:
    • J. Reyes: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Reyes grounded out to second
    • R. Rivera: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Rivera grounded out to third
    • S. Lugo: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Lugo struck out swinging
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • S. Lugo Pitching:
    • T. Pham: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Pham flied out to right
    • D. Fowler: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Fowler struck out looking
    • L. Voit: Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Voit struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • L. Lynn Pitching:
    • M. Conforto: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Conforto doubled to deep left
    • Y. Cespedes: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Cespedes flied out to deep right, Conforto to third
    • L. Duda: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Duda struck out swinging
    • T. Rivera: Foul, Foul, Rivera lined out to center
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • S. Lugo Pitching:
    • E. Fryer: Strike looking, Fryer grounded out to shortstop
    • L. Lynn: Strike looking, Lynn grounded out to second
    • M. Carpenter: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Carpenter flied out to left
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • L. Lynn Pitching:
    • S. Lugo: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Lugo struck out looking
    • C. Granderson: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Granderson grounded out to first
    • A. Cabrera: Ball, Cabrera grounded out to second
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • S. Lugo Pitching:
    • L. Voit: Ball, Voit hit by pitch
    • P. DeJong: Ball, Foul, DeJong flied out to deep right
    • M. Sierra: Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Sierra struck out swinging
    • G. Garcia: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Garcia struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • L. Lynn Pitching:
    • L. Duda: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Duda homered to right center
    • T. Rivera: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Rivera flied out to right
    • J. Reyes: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Reyes lined out to center
    • R. Rivera: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Rivera struck out swinging
    • End of the 2nd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • S. Lugo Pitching:
    • M. Carpenter: Carpenter flied out to deep right
    • T. Pham: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Pham grounded out to pitcher
    • D. Fowler: Ball, Foul, Foul, Fowler popped out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • L. Lynn Pitching:
    • C. Granderson: Strike looking, Ball, Granderson popped out to shortstop
    • A. Cabrera: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Cabrera flied out to left
    • M. Conforto: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Conforto walked
    • Y. Cespedes: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Cespedes struck out swinging
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)