Mikolas leads Cardinals with arm and bat, beats Mets 10-2

ST. LOUIS (AP) With his best fastball command this season, Miles Mikolas showed his All-Star form of last year.

Mikolas allowed four hits in eight innings and also drove in two runs, leading the St. Louis Cardinals over the New York Mets 10-2 on Saturday.

''Miles is our opening day starter, and that's what guys like that do,'' Cardinals manager Mike Shildt said. ''They go out and eat up innings, and control the tempo of what's going on. They also pitch well with a lead like he doesn't have a lead.

Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter left the game after the sixth inning with a bruised left knee. He appeared to foul a ball off himself, but stayed in and drew a walk, then scored a run and exited. Cardinals manager Mike Shildt said he talked to Carpenter after the game and Carpenter told him he'd be fine.

Jose Martinez had three hits and three RBIs and Paul Goldschmidt hit his eighth home run for St. Louis.

Mikolas (2-1), who allowed both runs, became the first St. Louis pitcher to record an out in the seventh inning this season.

''I was just executing what I set out to do,'' he said. ''I watched the game last night, watched how their hitters reacted to a lot of pitchers the other day, and we do our scouting meetings and everything like that. Having real good command just kind of helps that.''

It was scoreless in the second inning when the Mets intentionally walked Kolten Wong to load the bases with two outs for Mikolas. Wilson Ramos' passed ball allowed Martinez to score on the first pitch, and Mikolas followed with a two-run single.

He in inspired by teammate Adam Wainwright

''It's the other team saying hey, you stink, we'll take our chances with you hitting,'' Mikolas said. ''As a pitching staff here you have a guy with a Silver Slugger a couple lockers down. We take our hitting pretty serious so it's satisfying to see all the work kind of pay off.''

The Cardinals are 11-0 when Mikolas has a hit.

Chris Flexen (0-1) surrendered six runs and seven hits in 4 1/3 innings in his first major league start since last July 18 against Tampa Bay. Manager Mickey Callaway said after the game he will be sent back to Triple-A and left-hander Daniel Zamora will be brought up.

''I got beat on a few pitches up, struggled putting guys away with two strikes,'' Flexen said. ''All in all, I went out there and battled, stayed aggressive, and attacked these guys.''

Martinez added a two-run double in the sixth off Jacob Rhame. Martinez has hit safely in his last six starts, going 13 for 25 (.520) in that span after starting the season 2 for 17 (.118) with limited playing time.

''I've seen what Jose can do,'' Cardinals shortstop Paul DeJong said. ''He's hit his whole career. Sometimes he can a little antsy when he hasn't played in a while, but he's definitely done his job lately. Getting some more regular at bats, he's really coming into his own.''

Goldschmidt hit a 464-foot solo home run off Paul Sewald in the eighth inning. Eight of his 19 hits have been home runs.

ACE ON THE MEND

RHP Jacob deGrom played catch in the outfield a day after being placed on the injured list with right elbow soreness. Callaway says the NL Cy Young Award winner might not need an MRI as previously announced because his elbow responded well to treatment.

''Much improved,'' Callaway said. ''We'll get him back to New York and get him checked out and go from there.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Mets: 1B Pete Alonso received X-rays on his left hand after being hit by a foul ball in the eighth inning. X-rays were negative, and Alonso said he hopes to play Sunday.

Cardinals: RHP Carlos Martinez threw a 30-pitch side session prior to the game. Martinez said he mixed in breaking pitches with his fastball and changeup. Manager Mike Shildt said it is reasonable to expect Martinez to progress to throwing live batting practice at extended spring training in Jupiter, Florida, in the next few days and potentially progress to a minor league rehabilitation assignment by the end of next week.

UP NEXT

Mets: RHP Noah Syndergaard (1-1, 5.63) is 1-2, with a 3.08 ERA in four starts against St. Louis.

Cardinals: RHP Dakota Hudson (0-1, 6.08) has failed to complete the fifth inning in all three of his starts this season. He will be making his first career appearance against the Mets.

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  • W: M. Mikolas (2-1)L: C. Flexen (0-1)
  • HR: STL - P. Goldschmidt (8)
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A. Rosario SS31110001.263.306.388.6935.0
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C. Flexen P20100000.500.500.5001.0001.0
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M. Carpenter 3B21100200.224.326.434.7604.0
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P. Goldschmidt 1B51111014.235.333.556.8895.5
P. DeJong SS52210001.329.396.6101.0057.0
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J. Martinez RF-LF51330001.333.333.458.7928.0
Y. Molina C31220001.243.269.365.6345.0
M. Wieters C00000000.333.364.333.6970.0
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    BATTING
    • 3B - A. Rosario (2)
    • RBI - A. Rosario (13), J. Davis (7)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - B. Nimmo, P. Alonso, J. McNeil, A. Rosario
    BATTING
    • 2B - P. DeJong 2 (9), J. Martinez (3)
    • HR - P. Goldschmidt (8)
    • SF - Y. Molina
    • SH - M. Mikolas
    • RBI - P. Goldschmidt (13), P. DeJong (11), J. Martinez 3 (9), Y. Molina 2 (11), M. Mikolas 2 (2)
    • 2-Out RBI - P. DeJong, J. Martinez 2 (4), M. Mikolas 2 (2)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Gyorko, P. Goldschmidt 2 (2), P. DeJong, Y. Molina, K. Wong 2 (2)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - M. Ozuna (3)
    FIELDING
    • PB - W. Ramos (4)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    C. Flexen (L, 0-1)4.176540010.382.54-9.0
    L. Avilan1.112212011.252.250.0
    J. Rhame1.11112006.752.25-1.0
    P. Sewald1.01110013.601.201.0
    PITCHERSIP
    C. Flexen (L, 0-1)4.1
    L. Avilan1.1
    J. Rhame1.1
    P. Sewald1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    M. Mikolas (W, 2-1)8.04222404.971.2128.0
    G. Gallegos1.00000104.761.243.5
    PITCHERSIP
    M. Mikolas (W, 2-1)8.0
    G. Gallegos1.0
    PITCHING
    • IBB - C. Flexen
    • Pitches-Strikes - C. Flexen 89-54, L. Avilan 30-17, J. Rhame 31-21, P. Sewald 16-11
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Flexen 4-9, L. Avilan 2-0, J. Rhame 2-2
    • Batters Faced - C. Flexen 24, L. Avilan 6, J. Rhame 7, P. Sewald 4
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - M. Mikolas 100-73, G. Gallegos 9-8
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Mikolas 12-8, G. Gallegos 1-1
    • Batters Faced - M. Mikolas 30, G. Gallegos 3
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    P. Alonso 1B40000001.315.405.6991.1030.0
    P. Sewald P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
    R. Cano 2B30100000.222.276.370.6461.0
    J. Rhame P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    a- D. Smith PH-1B10000010.409.500.5001.000-0.5
    M. Conforto RF40000011.299.413.584.997-0.5
    W. Ramos C30000011.295.362.361.723-0.5
    T. d'Arnaud C10000010.067.176.067.243-0.5
    J. McNeil LF-2B31100101.388.453.493.9463.0
    A. Rosario SS31110001.263.306.388.6935.0
    J. Davis 3B30010000.283.397.509.9061.0
    C. Flexen P20100000.500.500.5001.0001.0
    L. Avilan P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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    • a-struck out for Rhame in the 8th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    M. Carpenter 3B21100200.224.326.434.7604.0
    J. Gyorko 3B10000001.100.250.100.3500.0
    P. Goldschmidt 1B51111014.235.333.556.8895.5
    P. DeJong SS52210001.329.396.6101.0057.0
    M. Ozuna LF13000300.269.355.6721.0278.0
    L. Thomas CF10000000.500.5002.0002.5000.0
    J. Martinez RF-LF51330001.333.333.458.7928.0
    Y. Molina C31220001.243.269.365.6345.0
    M. Wieters C00000000.333.364.333.6970.0
    D. Fowler CF-RF40000004.271.377.339.7160.0
    K. Wong 2B21000202.290.430.565.9953.0
    M. Mikolas P30120010.200.200.200.4002.5
    G. Gallegos P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
    Total321010917214-----
      BATTING
      • 3B - A. Rosario (2)
      • RBI - A. Rosario (13), J. Davis (7)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - B. Nimmo, P. Alonso, J. McNeil, A. Rosario
      BATTING
      • 2B - P. DeJong 2 (9), J. Martinez (3)
      • HR - P. Goldschmidt (8)
      • SF - Y. Molina
      • SH - M. Mikolas
      • RBI - P. Goldschmidt (13), P. DeJong (11), J. Martinez 3 (9), Y. Molina 2 (11), M. Mikolas 2 (2)
      • 2-Out RBI - P. DeJong, J. Martinez 2 (4), M. Mikolas 2 (2)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Gyorko, P. Goldschmidt 2 (2), P. DeJong, Y. Molina, K. Wong 2 (2)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - M. Ozuna (3)
      FIELDING
      • PB - W. Ramos (4)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. Flexen (L, 0-1)4.176540010.382.54-9.0
      L. Avilan1.112212011.252.250.0
      J. Rhame1.11112006.752.25-1.0
      P. Sewald1.01110013.601.201.0
      Total8.010109721---
      PITCHERSIP
      C. Flexen (L, 0-1)4.1
      L. Avilan1.1
      J. Rhame1.1
      P. Sewald1.0
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Mikolas (W, 2-1)8.04222404.971.2128.0
      G. Gallegos1.00000104.761.243.5
      Total9.0422250---
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Mikolas (W, 2-1)8.0
      G. Gallegos1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • IBB - C. Flexen
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. Flexen 89-54, L. Avilan 30-17, J. Rhame 31-21, P. Sewald 16-11
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Flexen 4-9, L. Avilan 2-0, J. Rhame 2-2
      • Batters Faced - C. Flexen 24, L. Avilan 6, J. Rhame 7, P. Sewald 4
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Mikolas 100-73, G. Gallegos 9-8
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Mikolas 12-8, G. Gallegos 1-1
      • Batters Faced - M. Mikolas 30, G. Gallegos 3
      • 8TH INNING
        Goldschmidt homered to left center210
      • 7TH INNING
        Davis grounded out to shortstop, Rosario scored29
        Rosario tripled to deep right center, McNeil scored19
      • 6TH INNING
        Martinez doubled to left center, DeJong and Ozuna scored09
        DeJong doubled to deep right center, Carpenter scored07
      • 5TH INNING
        Molina singled to left, Ozuna scored06
      • 3RD INNING
        Molina hit sacrifice fly to center, Ozuna scored05
        Martinez singled to center, DeJong scored, Ozuna to third04
      • 2ND INNING
        Mikolas singled to center, Molina and Wong scored03
        Martinez scored, Molina to third, Wong to second on passed ball01
      • 9TH INNING
        • Giovanny Gallegos relieved Miles Mikolas
        • M. Conforto: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Conforto fouled out to third
        • T. d'Arnaud: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, d'Arnaud struck out looking
        • J. McNeil: McNeil grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Lane Thomas in center field
        • Matt Wieters catching
        • B. Nimmo: Ball, Foul, Nimmo flied out to left
        • P. Alonso: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Alonso flied out to deep right
        • Dominic Smith hit for Jacob Rhame
        • Do. Smith: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Smith struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Paul Sewald pitching
        • P. Goldschmidt: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Goldschmidt homered to left center
        • P. DeJong: Strike looking, DeJong flied out to deep center
        • L. Thomas: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Thomas popped out to first
        • Jo. Martinez: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Martinez lined out to right
        • End of the 8th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • Jedd Gyorko at third base
        • W. Ramos: Strike looking, Ramos grounded out to first
        • J. McNeil: Strike looking, Foul, McNeil reached on an infield single to shortstop
        • A. Rosario: Rosario tripled to deep right center, McNeil scored
        • J. Davis: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Davis grounded out to shortstop, Rosario scored
        • K. Broxton: Strike looking, Broxton grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 7th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Travis d'Arnaud catching
        • D. Fowler: Fowler lined out to right
        • K. Wong: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Wong walked
        • M. Mikolas: Strike looking, Mikolas hit sacrifice bunt to pitcher, Wong to second
        • J. Gyorko: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Gyorko flied out to deep center
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • M. Mikolas Pitching:
        • P. Alonso: Strike looking, Alonso grounded out to third
        • R. Cano: Foul, Cano grounded out to first
        • M. Conforto: Strike looking, Ball, Conforto flied out to deep left
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • L. Avilan Pitching:
        • M. Mikolas: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Mikolas struck out swinging
        • M. Carpenter: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Carpenter walked
        • P. Goldschmidt: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Goldschmidt struck out swinging
        • P. DeJong: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, DeJong doubled to deep right center, Carpenter scored
        • Jacob Rhame pitching
        • Keon Broxton in left field
        • M. Ozuna: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ozuna walked
        • Jo. Martinez: Martinez doubled to left center, DeJong and Ozuna scored
        • Y. Molina: Strike looking, Foul, Molina grounded out to pitcher
        • End of the 6th (3 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • M. Mikolas Pitching:
        • A. Rosario: Strike looking, Foul, Rosario grounded out to pitcher
        • J. Davis: Strike looking, Foul, Davis flied out to right
        • C. Flexen: Flexen singled to shallow center
        • B. Nimmo: Ball, Ball, Nimmo flied out to center
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • C. Flexen Pitching:
        • M. Ozuna: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ozuna walked
        • Jo. Martinez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ozuna stole second, Martinez grounded out to pitcher, Ozuna to third
        • Y. Molina: Molina singled to left, Ozuna scored
        • Luis Avilan relieved Chris Flexen
        • D. Fowler: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Fowler reached on fielder's choice to third, Molina out at second
        • K. Wong: Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Wong grounded out to second
        • End of the 5th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • M. Mikolas Pitching:
        • R. Cano: Strike looking, Cano singled to right center
        • M. Conforto: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Conforto popped out to shortstop
        • W. Ramos: Foul, Foul, Ramos grounded out to second, Cano to second
        • J. McNeil: Strike swinging, Ball, McNeil flied out to deep right
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • C. Flexen Pitching:
        • M. Mikolas: Strike looking, Mikolas lined out to center
        • M. Carpenter: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Carpenter singled to left
        • P. Goldschmidt: Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Goldschmidt reached on fielder's choice to third, Carpenter out at second
        • P. DeJong: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Foul, DeJong grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Goldschmidt out at second
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • M. Mikolas Pitching:
        • J. Davis: Davis grounded out to pitcher
        • C. Flexen: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Flexen grounded out to third
        • B. Nimmo: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Nimmo walked
        • P. Alonso: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Alonso grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Flexen Pitching:
        • P. DeJong: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, DeJong doubled to deep left
        • M. Ozuna: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ozuna walked
        • Jo. Martinez: Ball, Strike looking, Martinez singled to center, DeJong scored, Ozuna to third
        • Y. Molina: Ball, Pickoff attempt to first, Pickoff attempt to first, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt to first, Pickoff attempt to first, Ball, Molina hit sacrifice fly to center, Ozuna scored
        • D. Fowler: Strike swinging, Fowler flied out to left
        • K. Wong: Strike looking, Wong lined out to center
        • End of the 3rd (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • M. Mikolas Pitching:
        • M. Conforto: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Conforto struck out looking
        • W. Ramos: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul tip, Ramos struck out on foul tip
        • J. McNeil: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, McNeil walked
        • A. Rosario: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Strike looking, Rosario grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Flexen Pitching:
        • M. Ozuna: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ozuna flied out to center
        • Jo. Martinez: Strike looking, Martinez singled to center
        • Y. Molina: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Molina singled to right, Martinez to second
        • D. Fowler: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Fowler grounded out to second, Martinez to third, Molina to second
        • K. Wong: Wong intentionally walked
        • M. Mikolas: Ball, Martinez scored, Molina to third, Wong to second on passed ball, Foul, Foul, Mikolas singled to center, Molina and Wong scored
        • M. Carpenter: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Carpenter walked, Mikolas to second
        • P. Goldschmidt: Ball, Ball, Goldschmidt lined out to right
        • End of the 2nd (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • M. Mikolas Pitching:
        • B. Nimmo: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Nimmo struck out looking
        • P. Alonso: Ball, Strike looking, Alonso popped out to pitcher
        • R. Cano: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Cano grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Flexen Pitching:
        • M. Carpenter: Ball, Foul, Carpenter flied out to deep left
        • P. Goldschmidt: Ball, Strike swinging, Goldschmidt flied out to deep center
        • P. DeJong: Ball, Ball, Ball, DeJong popped out to third
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)