Cespedes HR, Mets top Cards 6-2 for 1st 2-0 start since 2013

NEW YORK (AP) Coming off a 70-92 season, the New York Mets hired a new manager and hoped for better luck this year.

Even though it's still real early, this is what they envisioned.

Yoenis Cespedes and Travis d'Arnaud homered, Todd Frazier drove in three runs and New York beat the St. Louis Cardinals 6-2 Saturday.

Jacob DeGrom pitched effectively into the sixth inning and the Mets opened at 2-0 for the first time since 2013.

And Mickey Callaway became the first Mets skipper to win his first two games since player-manager Joe Torre did it when he took over during the 1977 season.

A very solid start, so far.

''That's very nice. Big win the other day and wanted to come out here and win again today,'' deGrom said.

Callaway showed off some flexibility, putting Asdrubal Cabrera in the leadoff spot after he batted cleanup in the opener. The Elias Sports Bureau said Cabrera was the first player since 1915 to bat cleanup on opening day and then hit leadoff the next game.

Cabrera hit two doubles, too.

D'Arnaud delivered in his first game of the season.

''We've got guys that haven't even played yet that can start and will start on occasion, so getting all of our players in the game and using them all, we have no qualms about that,'' Callaway said.

Cabrera began the first with a double off Michael Wacha, Cespedes walked and Jay Bruce grounded into a forceout. Frazier doubled into the left-field corner, with a hustling Bruce beating the throw without a slide.

''Hustling out of the box. Scoring on a base hit or a double,'' Frazier said. ''We put pressure on other guys. We're not necessarily stealing but we're smart baserunners.''

D'Arnaud homered in the fourth and Cespedes made it 4-1 with a drive in the fifth. Cabrera added an RBI double in the eighth.

DeGrom (1-0) struck out five of the first nine Cardinals he faced. He fanned seven in 5 2/3 innings, allowing one run and four hits despite having to fight through some issues.

''I was having a hard time getting a grip on the ball but other than that I was able to keep them off the board, gave them one run,'' deGrom said.

Matt Carpenter homered for St. Louis in the eighth. Jeurys Familia got the last four outs for his first save and the 107th of his career, tying Jesse Orosco for third on the Mets' all-time list.

Wacha (0-1) allowed four runs on five hits and two walks over 4 2/3 frames, walking two and hitting a batter.

''It was pretty rough,'' Wacha said. ''Just missed too many spots.''

Jose Martinez had an RBI single for the Cardinals and is 5 for 7 this season.

Down by three runs, St. Louis threatened with back-to-back singles to lead off the seventh. After Kolten Wong grounded out against Robert Gsellman, reliever Anthony Swarzak retired pinch-hitter Greg Garcia and Dexter Fowler to strand both runners.

''Today we had some opportunities that we didn't capitalize on,'' manager Mike Matheny said. ''We get an opportunity with guys in scoring position, we got to get a way to get it done. Some days it's harder than others.''

Frazier had a sacrifice fly in the seventh.

LEARNING ON THE JOB

Callaway, who had been the pitching coach in Cleveland, got to experience some NL strategy in this game.

''First double-switch was something that I never had to do, and then I had to do it on-the-fly out on the mound with an injured player,'' said a smiling Callaway, who made the move in the eighth to replace an injured Swarzak. ''I'm glad I got that right.''

BACKSTOPS WITH BATS

D'Arnaud and fellow catcher Kevin Plawecki are a combined 3 for 6 with a home run, three runs scored, two RBIs and three walks.

''You really can't ask for anything better,'' Callaway said about his catchers' production. ''No matter what you choose that day it's a good outcome, so that makes it easy on the whole team.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Cardinals: LHP Brett Cecil (strained left shoulder) was placed on the 10-day DL. The veteran reliever threw 10 pitches on opening day, retiring one batter and allowing a hit. LHP Ryan Sherriff was called up from Triple-A Memphis and gave up one run while getting one out. ... RHP Luke Gregerson (strained left hamstring) has continued throwing and keeping his arm in shape, general manager John Mozeliak said. ... RHP Adam Wainwright (strained left hamstring) is progressing well, per Mozeliak.

Mets: Swarzak was removed with a sore left oblique. ''I've never felt anything like this in my side before,'' he said after the game, noting that no MRI was planned at this point. ''Hopefully I'll feel better tomorrow and this is just a little scare.''

UP NEXT

Cardinals RHP Luke Weaver (7-2, 3.88 ERA in 2017) starts Sunday's series finale against LHP Steven Matz (2-7, 6.08 ERA).

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  • W: J. deGrom (1-0)L: M. Wacha (0-1)S: J. Familia (1)
  • HR: STL - M. Carpenter (1), NYM - T. d'Arnaud (1), Y. Cespedes (1)
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  • a-struck out for Norris in the 7th
  • b-popped out for Lyons in the 9th
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Y. Cespedes LF22111310.429.600.8571.4579.5
J. Bruce RF51000017.125.300.125.4250.5
T. Frazier 3B30130003.286.400.429.8296.0
T. d'Arnaud C31111112.333.5001.3331.8336.5
A. Gonzalez 1B40100003.429.556.5711.1271.0
J. Familia P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
J. Lagares CF41200000.400.400.400.8003.0
J. deGrom P20100000.500.500.5001.0001.0
R. Gsellman P10000001.000.000.000.0000.0
A. Swarzak P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
W. Flores 1B10100000.500.500.5001.0001.0
A. Rosario SS30000124.286.375.286.6610.0
    BATTING
    • HR - M. Carpenter
    • RBI - M. Carpenter, J. Martinez (3)
    • 2-Out RBI - J. Martinez (2)
    BATTING
    • 2B - A. Cabrera 2 (2), T. Frazier
    • HR - Y. Cespedes, T. d'Arnaud
    • SF - T. Frazier
    • RBI - A. Cabrera, Y. Cespedes (4), T. Frazier 3 (3), T. d'Arnaud
    FIELDING
    • Outfield Assist - T. Pham
    FIELDING
    • E - T. Frazier
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    M. Wacha (L, 0-1)4.25442227.711.50-3.0
    B. Norris1.12000200.001.502.0
    R. Sherriff0.111110027.006.00-3.0
    S. Tuivailala1.02111109.003.00-0.5
    T. Lyons0.21001000.003.00-2.0
    PITCHERSIP
    M. Wacha (L, 0-1)4.2
    B. Norris1.1
    R. Sherriff0.1
    S. Tuivailala1.0
    T. Lyons0.2
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    J. deGrom (W, 1-0)5.24111701.590.8819.5
    R. Gsellman (H, 1)0.22000100.001.20-1.5
    A. Swarzak (H, 1)1.11111213.860.861.0
    J. Familia (S, 1)1.10001200.000.8610.0
    PITCHERSIP
    J. deGrom (W, 1-0)5.2
    R. Gsellman (H, 1)0.2
    A. Swarzak (H, 1)1.1
    J. Familia (S, 1)1.1
    PITCHING
    • WP - B. Norris, S. Tuivailala (3)
    • IBB - T. Lyons
    • HBP - M. Wacha
    • Pitches-Strikes - M. Wacha 95-52, B. Norris 18-13, R. Sherriff 12-8, S. Tuivailala 17-10, T. Lyons 4-4
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Wacha 6-6, B. Norris 1-0, R. Sherriff 1-0
    • Batters Faced - M. Wacha 22, B. Norris 5, R. Sherriff 3, S. Tuivailala 6, T. Lyons 4
    PITCHING
    • WP - J. Familia
    • Pitches-Strikes - J. deGrom 101-64, R. Gsellman 14-9, A. Swarzak 30-18, J. Familia 30-17
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. deGrom 5-5, R. Gsellman 1-0
    • Batters Faced - J. deGrom 22, R. Gsellman 4, A. Swarzak 6, J. Familia 5
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    D. Fowler RF50000013.000.000.000.000-0.5
    T. Pham CF31100120.143.250.143.3932.0
    M. Carpenter 3B41111012.250.250.7501.0005.5
    M. Ozuna LF40000012.000.000.000.000-0.5
    J. Martinez 1B30210111.714.7501.1431.8933.5
    Y. Molina C40200012.429.500.8571.3571.5
    P. DeJong SS40100023.250.250.250.5000.0
    K. Wong 2B30000112.000.143.000.1430.5
    M. Wacha P20000010.000.000.000.000-0.5
    B. Norris P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    a- G. Garcia PH10000012.000.000.000.000-0.5
    R. Sherriff P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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    T. Lyons P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    b- J. Gyorko PH10000001.000.000.000.0000.0
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    • a-struck out for Norris in the 7th
    • b-popped out for Lyons in the 9th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    A. Cabrera 2B51310001.333.400.556.9567.0
    Y. Cespedes LF22111310.429.600.8571.4579.5
    J. Bruce RF51000017.125.300.125.4250.5
    T. Frazier 3B30130003.286.400.429.8296.0
    T. d'Arnaud C31111112.333.5001.3331.8336.5
    A. Gonzalez 1B40100003.429.556.5711.1271.0
    J. Familia P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
    J. Lagares CF41200000.400.400.400.8003.0
    J. deGrom P20100000.500.500.5001.0001.0
    R. Gsellman P10000001.000.000.000.0000.0
    A. Swarzak P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    W. Flores 1B10100000.500.500.5001.0001.0
    A. Rosario SS30000124.286.375.286.6610.0
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      BATTING
      • HR - M. Carpenter
      • RBI - M. Carpenter, J. Martinez (3)
      • 2-Out RBI - J. Martinez (2)
      BATTING
      • 2B - A. Cabrera 2 (2), T. Frazier
      • HR - Y. Cespedes, T. d'Arnaud
      • SF - T. Frazier
      • RBI - A. Cabrera, Y. Cespedes (4), T. Frazier 3 (3), T. d'Arnaud
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - T. Pham
      FIELDING
      • E - T. Frazier
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Wacha (L, 0-1)4.25442227.711.50-3.0
      B. Norris1.12000200.001.502.0
      R. Sherriff0.111110027.006.00-3.0
      S. Tuivailala1.02111109.003.00-0.5
      T. Lyons0.21001000.003.00-2.0
      Total8.01166552---
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Wacha (L, 0-1)4.2
      B. Norris1.1
      R. Sherriff0.1
      S. Tuivailala1.0
      T. Lyons0.2
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. deGrom (W, 1-0)5.24111701.590.8819.5
      R. Gsellman (H, 1)0.22000100.001.20-1.5
      A. Swarzak (H, 1)1.11111213.860.861.0
      J. Familia (S, 1)1.10001200.000.8610.0
      Total9.07223121---
      PITCHERSIP
      J. deGrom (W, 1-0)5.2
      R. Gsellman (H, 1)0.2
      A. Swarzak (H, 1)1.1
      J. Familia (S, 1)1.1
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - B. Norris, S. Tuivailala (3)
      • IBB - T. Lyons
      • HBP - M. Wacha
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Wacha 95-52, B. Norris 18-13, R. Sherriff 12-8, S. Tuivailala 17-10, T. Lyons 4-4
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Wacha 6-6, B. Norris 1-0, R. Sherriff 1-0
      • Batters Faced - M. Wacha 22, B. Norris 5, R. Sherriff 3, S. Tuivailala 6, T. Lyons 4
      PITCHING
      • WP - J. Familia
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. deGrom 101-64, R. Gsellman 14-9, A. Swarzak 30-18, J. Familia 30-17
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. deGrom 5-5, R. Gsellman 1-0
      • Batters Faced - J. deGrom 22, R. Gsellman 4, A. Swarzak 6, J. Familia 5
      • 8TH INNING
        Cabrera doubled to deep right, Lagares scored, Flores to third26
        Carpenter homered to right center25
      • 7TH INNING
        Frazier hit sacrifice fly to center, Cabrera scored, Cespedes to third15
      • 5TH INNING
        Cespedes homered to left14
      • 4TH INNING
        d'Arnaud homered to left13
        Martinez singled to right, Pham scored12
      • 1ST INNING
        Frazier doubled to deep left, Cespedes and Bruce scored, Frazier to third02
      • 9TH INNING
        • J. Familia Pitching:
        • P. DeJong: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, DeJong struck out swinging
        • K. Wong: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Wong walked
        • Jedd Gyorko hit for Tyler Lyons
        • J. Gyorko: Ball, Strike looking, Gyorko popped out to shortstop
        • D. Fowler: Ball, Wong to second on fielder's indifference, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Fowler flied out to left
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • A. Swarzak Pitching:
        • T. Pham: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Pham struck out swinging
        • M. Carpenter: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Carpenter homered to right center
        • M. Ozuna: Foul, Ozuna flied out to center
        • J. Martinez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Martinez walked
        • Jeurys Familia pitching
        • Wilmer Flores at first
        • Y. Molina: Strike swinging, Ball, Martinez to second on wild pitch, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Molina struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • S. Tuivailala Pitching:
        • J. Lagares: Ball, Ball, Lagares singled to center
        • W. Flores: Flores singled to center, Lagares to second
        • A. Rosario: Foul, Foul, Ball, Lagares to third on wild pitch, Foul, Strike swinging, Rosario struck out swinging
        • Tyler Lyons relieved Sam Tuivailala
        • A. Cabrera: Cabrera doubled to deep right, Lagares scored, Flores to third
        • Y. Cespedes: Cespedes intentionally walked
        • J. Bruce: Bruce popped out to shortstop
        • T. Frazier: Strike looking, Frazier flied out to left
        • End of the 8th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • R. Gsellman Pitching:
        • Y. Molina: Strike looking, Ball, Molina singled to right
        • P. DeJong: Strike looking, Ball, DeJong singled to center, Molina to second
        • K. Wong: Foul, Wong grounded out to first, Molina to third, DeJong to second
        • Anthony Swarzak relieved Robert Gsellman
        • Greg Garcia hit for Bud Norris
        • G. Garcia: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Garcia struck out looking
        • D. Fowler: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Fowler flied out to center
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Ryan Sherriff pitching
        • A. Cabrera: Cabrera reached on an infield single to shortstop
        • Y. Cespedes: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Cespedes walked, Cabrera to second
        • J. Bruce: Strike looking, Foul, Bruce grounded out to pitcher, Cabrera to third, Cespedes to second
        • Sam Tuivailala relieved Ryan Sherriff
        • T. Frazier: Strike looking, Frazier hit sacrifice fly to center, Cabrera scored, Cespedes to third
        • T. d'Arnaud: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, d'Arnaud walked
        • A. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Gonzalez lined out to right
        • End of the 7th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • J. deGrom Pitching:
        • T. Pham: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Pham reached on an infield single to third, Pham to second on 3rd baseman Frazier fielding error
        • M. Carpenter: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Carpenter struck out looking
        • M. Ozuna: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Ozuna struck out looking
        • Robert Gsellman relieved Jacob deGrom
        • J. Martinez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul tip, Martinez struck out on foul tip
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
        • B. Norris Pitching:
        • A. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Gonzalez singled to right
        • J. Lagares: Foul, Foul, Lagares singled to center, Gonzalez out at third, Lagares to second
        • R. Gsellman: Strike looking, Gsellman grounded out to pitcher, Lagares to third
        • A. Rosario: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Rosario struck out swinging
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • J. deGrom Pitching:
        • K. Wong: Ball, Ball, Wong popped out to third
        • M. Wacha: Strike looking, Wacha flied out to right
        • D. Fowler: Strike looking, Fowler grounded out to first
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Wacha Pitching:
        • A. Cabrera: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Cabrera flied out to center
        • Y. Cespedes: Foul, Ball, Ball, Cespedes homered to left
        • J. Bruce: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Bruce struck out swinging
        • T. Frazier: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Frazier hit by pitch
        • Bud Norris relieved Michael Wacha
        • T. d'Arnaud: Strike swinging, Ball, Frazier to second on wild pitch, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, d'Arnaud struck out looking
        • End of the 5th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • J. deGrom Pitching:
        • T. Pham: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Pham walked
        • M. Carpenter: Carpenter grounded bunt out to third, Pham to second
        • M. Ozuna: Ball, Ball, Ozuna flied out to right, Pham to third
        • J. Martinez: Ball, Martinez singled to right, Pham scored
        • Y. Molina: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Molina singled to left, Martinez to second
        • P. DeJong: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, DeJong fouled out to first
        • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Wacha Pitching:
        • T. d'Arnaud: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, d'Arnaud homered to left
        • A. Gonzalez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Gonzalez lined out to center
        • J. Lagares: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Lagares flied out to right
        • J. deGrom: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, deGrom singled to center
        • A. Rosario: Rosario reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, deGrom out at second
        • End of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • J. deGrom Pitching:
        • K. Wong: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Wong struck out swinging
        • M. Wacha: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul tip, Wacha struck out on foul tip
        • D. Fowler: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Fowler grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Wacha Pitching:
        • Y. Cespedes: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Cespedes struck out looking
        • J. Bruce: Bruce grounded out to second
        • T. Frazier: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Frazier flied out to right
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • J. deGrom Pitching:
        • M. Ozuna: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ozuna grounded out to third
        • J. Martinez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Martinez reached on an infield single to third
        • Y. Molina: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Molina popped out to second
        • P. DeJong: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, DeJong struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • M. Wacha Pitching:
        • J. Lagares: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Lagares grounded out to shortstop
        • J. deGrom: Ball, Foul, deGrom grounded out to second
        • A. Rosario: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Rosario walked
        • A. Cabrera: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Cabrera reached on fielder's choice to second, Rosario out at second
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • J. deGrom Pitching:
        • D. Fowler: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Fowler struck out swinging
        • T. Pham: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Pham struck out swinging
        • M. Carpenter: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Carpenter grounded out to first
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Wacha Pitching:
        • A. Cabrera: Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Cabrera doubled to deep right
        • Y. Cespedes: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Cespedes walked
        • J. Bruce: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Bruce reached on fielder's choice to third, Cabrera out at third, Cespedes to second
        • T. Frazier: Frazier doubled to deep left, Cespedes and Bruce scored, Frazier to third
        • T. d'Arnaud: d'Arnaud lined out to third
        • A. Gonzalez: Gonzalez flied out to center
        • End of the 1st (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)