DeJong tags Mets again, Cardinals win 4-3 with only 3 hits

NEW YORK (AP) Paul DeJong again picked on a favorite foe.

DeJong tagged the Mets for a tiebreaking home run in the eighth inning Sunday, sending St. Louis Cardinals over New York 4-3.

The young shortstop is 30 for 83 (.361) with nine homers and 10 doubles over 20 career games against the Mets. He has connected for five homers in his last five games at Citi Field.

The Cardinals won despite getting outhit 10-3. They took three of four in the series, and DeJong homered in each victory.

''Nothing comes to mind,'' DeJong said of his mastery of the Mets.

DeJong connected off Chris Flexen (0-3) for his solo drive.

''He hung a 3-1 slider. I was looking fastball and I just reacted,'' DeJong said. ''I thought they were pitching around me early in the count and they challenged me late and I was ready.''

The loss was the latest in which Mets relievers couldn't shut down an opponent.

New York's bullpen has allowed 15 earned runs over its last 20 1/3 innings.

''The tale of the game was that they were one swing away, we were one swing away and they made one good swing,'' manager Mickey Callaway added. ''They got the big one. We didn't.''

The Cardinals rallied against New York's bullpen in each of their wins in series.

''You talked about resilience, we talked about different ways we beat people,'' Cardinals manager Mike Shildt said. ''The entire series was indicative of that.''

Paul Goldschmidt hit a prodigious home run off the facade of the second deck and scored twice for St. Louis, which went 5-5 on its season-long 10-game road trip.

Robinson Cano returned from the injured list and doubled and scored a run, and Dominic Smith had two hits in his first career start in the leadoff spot for New York, which is 5-5 over its last 10 games.

Mets starter Jason Vargas exited in the fourth inning with a cramp in his left calf. He fouled a ball off his foot and was pulled during the at-bat. He allowed three runs over four innings, matching the number of runs he'd allowed over his previous 22 innings.

Vargas anticipated being able to make his next start.

Andrew Miller (3-2) pitched a scoreless seventh to earn the victory and Carlos Martinez went two innings for his second save.

Pinch-hitter Todd Frazier reached far over the plate and, with one hand, blooped an opposite-field single to right with one out in the Mets ninth. Frazier shared a quick laugh at first base with Martinez, who then got pinch-hitter Wilson Ramos to ground into a game-ending double play.

Goldschmidt's first-inning homer was the only hit the Cardinals could muster in the first seven innings against Vargas and Wilmer Font. Yadier Molina's ninth-inning single was the only other Cardinal to reach with a hit.

Dakota Hudson struggled early, falling behind eight of the first 12 batters, but rebounded to keep St. Louis in the game, allowing three runs over six innings. The Cardinals have won each of his last six starts.

J.D. Davis and Adeiny Hechavarria each had an RBI for New York.

HOMERLESS

The Mets' 13-game home run streak, and franchise-record 19-game homer streak at home, came to an end.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Cardinals: Goldschmidt returned to the starting lineup after a day of rest . Molina was in the starting lineup after getting hit on his glove hand by a foul ball Saturday evening.

Mets: RHP Noah Syndergaard was placed on the 10-day injured list with a strained right hamstring. He underwent an MRI Sunday and Callaway said results would be announced Monday . OF Brandon Nimmo (neck) has visits scheduled with additional specialists as he continues to deal with a bulging disk.

UP NEXT

Cardinals: RHP Miles Mikolas (4-7, 4.83 ERA) opposes Miami's RHP Elieser Hernandez (0-1, 5.87 ERA) to open a four-game series at home. Mikolas is 3-2 with a 3.00 ERA in five starts vs. NL East opponents, but 1-5 with a 6.15 ERA in nine starts against all other divisions.

Mets: RHP Zack Wheeler (5-4, 4.87 ERA) looks to bounce back as New York opens a three-game series at NL East-leading Atlanta. Wheeler allowed a career-worst nine runs in 4 2/3 innings against the Yankees on June 11, although only five were earned. He's opposed by RHP Mike Soroka (7-1, 1.92 ERA), who has not lost since April 18.

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  • W: A. Miller (3-2)L: C. Flexen (0-3)S: C. Martinez (2)
  • HR: STL - P. Goldschmidt (13), P. DeJong (13)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Carpenter 3B40000010.218.329.379.707-0.5
P. DeJong SS32111120.278.366.506.8727.0
P. Goldschmidt 1B22121210.262.353.433.7879.5
J. Martinez LF30000121.281.348.393.7420.0
C. Martinez P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
D. Fowler RF40000003.243.357.402.7590.0
Y. Molina C40100002.263.292.390.6821.0
H. Bader CF40000012.229.346.425.771-0.5
K. Wong 2B40000002.246.332.390.7220.0
D. Hudson P20000020.045.087.045.132-1.0
a- M. Ozuna PH10000001.259.331.522.8530.0
A. Miller P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
Y. Munoz LF00000000.286.297.333.6300.0
  • a-hit into fielder's choice for Hudson in the 7th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
D. Smith LF31200101.348.442.5621.0045.0
J. Davis 3B40110003.276.339.476.8152.0
M. Conforto RF40100012.258.381.493.8750.5
P. Alonso 1B40100011.263.347.604.9510.5
R. Cano 2B31100112.240.289.371.6603.5
A. Hechavarria SS41110002.244.271.439.7103.0
J. Lagares CF30210000.197.261.279.5405.0
a- J. McNeil PH10000010.333.404.457.861-0.5
T. Nido C30000011.218.232.345.578-0.5
b- T. Frazier PH10100000.258.341.424.7651.0
J. Vargas P10000011.063.063.063.125-0.5
c- J. deGrom PH00000100.214.267.357.6241.0
W. Font P0000-000.333.333.333.000-
d- A. Rosario PH10000000.242.284.404.6870.0
C. Flexen P0000-000.500.500.500.000-
B. Pounders P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
e- W. Ramos PH10000001.271.346.404.7500.0
  • a-struck out for Lagares in the 9th
  • b-singled for Nido in the 9th
  • c-walked for Vargas in the 4th
  • d-lined out for Font in the 7th
  • e-grounded into a double play for Pounders in the 9th
BATTING
  • HR - P. DeJong (13), P. Goldschmidt (13)
  • RBI - P. DeJong (34), P. Goldschmidt 2 (29)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - D. Fowler, H. Bader, K. Wong, M. Ozuna
BATTING
  • 2B - D. Smith (7), R. Cano (14)
  • RBI - J. Davis (22), A. Hechavarria (15), J. Lagares (15)
  • 2-Out RBI - A. Hechavarria (5), J. Lagares (6)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Davis 2 (2), M. Conforto, A. Hechavarria 2 (2)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - J. Lagares (3)
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - D. Fowler (5)
  • DP - 3 (Wong-DeJong-Goldschmidt; Wong-DeJong-Goldschmidt; DeJong-Wong-Goldschmidt)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Davis-Cano-Alonso)
  • E - A. Hechavarria 2 (4)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
D. Hudson6.08333303.551.538.5
A. Miller (W, 3-2)1.01000103.861.419.5
C. Martinez (S, 2)2.01000203.090.9413.0
PITCHERSIP
D. Hudson6.0
A. Miller (W, 3-2)1.0
C. Martinez (S, 2)2.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Vargas4.01323413.741.348.0
W. Font3.00001304.981.379.5
C. Flexen (L, 0-3)1.011102110.802.70-3.0
B. Pounders1.01000000.001.002.0
PITCHERSIP
J. Vargas4.0
W. Font3.0
C. Flexen (L, 0-3)1.0
B. Pounders1.0
PITCHING
  • WP - D. Hudson (4)
  • Pitches-Strikes - D. Hudson 99-56, A. Miller 17-11, C. Martinez 30-19
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Hudson 8-4, C. Martinez 1-2
  • Batters Faced - D. Hudson 26, A. Miller 4, C. Martinez 6
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Vargas 72-39, W. Font 55-38, C. Flexen 21-13, B. Pounders 14-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Vargas 5-3, W. Font 3-4, B. Pounders 2-1
  • Batters Faced - J. Vargas 16, W. Font 11, C. Flexen 4, B. Pounders 4
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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M. Carpenter 3B40000010.218.329.379.707-0.5
P. DeJong SS32111120.278.366.506.8727.0
P. Goldschmidt 1B22121210.262.353.433.7879.5
J. Martinez LF30000121.281.348.393.7420.0
C. Martinez P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
D. Fowler RF40000003.243.357.402.7590.0
Y. Molina C40100002.263.292.390.6821.0
H. Bader CF40000012.229.346.425.771-0.5
K. Wong 2B40000002.246.332.390.7220.0
D. Hudson P20000020.045.087.045.132-1.0
a- M. Ozuna PH10000001.259.331.522.8530.0
A. Miller P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
Y. Munoz LF00000000.286.297.333.6300.0
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  • a-hit into fielder's choice for Hudson in the 7th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
D. Smith LF31200101.348.442.5621.0045.0
J. Davis 3B40110003.276.339.476.8152.0
M. Conforto RF40100012.258.381.493.8750.5
P. Alonso 1B40100011.263.347.604.9510.5
R. Cano 2B31100112.240.289.371.6603.5
A. Hechavarria SS41110002.244.271.439.7103.0
J. Lagares CF30210000.197.261.279.5405.0
a- J. McNeil PH10000010.333.404.457.861-0.5
T. Nido C30000011.218.232.345.578-0.5
b- T. Frazier PH10100000.258.341.424.7651.0
J. Vargas P10000011.063.063.063.125-0.5
c- J. deGrom PH00000100.214.267.357.6241.0
W. Font P0000-000.333.333.333.000-
d- A. Rosario PH10000000.242.284.404.6870.0
C. Flexen P0000-000.500.500.500.000-
B. Pounders P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
e- W. Ramos PH10000001.271.346.404.7500.0
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  • a-struck out for Lagares in the 9th
  • b-singled for Nido in the 9th
  • c-walked for Vargas in the 4th
  • d-lined out for Font in the 7th
  • e-grounded into a double play for Pounders in the 9th
BATTING
  • HR - P. DeJong (13), P. Goldschmidt (13)
  • RBI - P. DeJong (34), P. Goldschmidt 2 (29)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - D. Fowler, H. Bader, K. Wong, M. Ozuna
BATTING
  • 2B - D. Smith (7), R. Cano (14)
  • RBI - J. Davis (22), A. Hechavarria (15), J. Lagares (15)
  • 2-Out RBI - A. Hechavarria (5), J. Lagares (6)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Davis 2 (2), M. Conforto, A. Hechavarria 2 (2)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - J. Lagares (3)
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - D. Fowler (5)
  • DP - 3 (Wong-DeJong-Goldschmidt; Wong-DeJong-Goldschmidt; DeJong-Wong-Goldschmidt)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Davis-Cano-Alonso)
  • E - A. Hechavarria 2 (4)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
D. Hudson6.08333303.551.538.5
A. Miller (W, 3-2)1.01000103.861.419.5
C. Martinez (S, 2)2.01000203.090.9413.0
Total9.01033360---
PITCHERSIP
D. Hudson6.0
A. Miller (W, 3-2)1.0
C. Martinez (S, 2)2.0
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Vargas4.01323413.741.348.0
W. Font3.00001304.981.379.5
C. Flexen (L, 0-3)1.011102110.802.70-3.0
B. Pounders1.01000000.001.002.0
Total9.0343492---
PITCHERSIP
J. Vargas4.0
W. Font3.0
C. Flexen (L, 0-3)1.0
B. Pounders1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • WP - D. Hudson (4)
  • Pitches-Strikes - D. Hudson 99-56, A. Miller 17-11, C. Martinez 30-19
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Hudson 8-4, C. Martinez 1-2
  • Batters Faced - D. Hudson 26, A. Miller 4, C. Martinez 6
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Vargas 72-39, W. Font 55-38, C. Flexen 21-13, B. Pounders 14-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Vargas 5-3, W. Font 3-4, B. Pounders 2-1
  • Batters Faced - J. Vargas 16, W. Font 11, C. Flexen 4, B. Pounders 4
  • 8TH INNING
    DeJong homered to left43
  • 4TH INNING
    Molina grounded into double play third to second to first, Goldschmidt scored, Martinez to third, Fowler out at second33
  • 3RD INNING
    Lagares singled to right, Hechavarria scored, Lagares out at second23
    Hechavarria singled to center, Cano scored, Hechavarria to second22
  • 1ST INNING
    Davis singled to center, Smith scored21
    Goldschmidt homered to left center, DeJong scored20
  • 9TH INNING
    • Brooks Pounders relieved Chris Flexen
    • D. Fowler: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Fowler grounded out to pitcher
    • Y. Molina: Strike looking, Ball, Molina singled to left
    • H. Bader: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Bader flied out to right
    • K. Wong: Wong grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Jeff McNeil hit for Juan Lagares
    • J. McNeil: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, McNeil struck out swinging
    • Todd Frazier hit for Tomas Nido
    • T. Frazier: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Frazier singled to shallow right
    • Wilson Ramos hit for Brooks Pounders
    • W. Ramos: Strike (foul tip), Strike looking, Ramos grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Frazier out at second
    • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Chris Flexen pitching
    • M. Carpenter: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Carpenter lined out to shortstop
    • P. DeJong: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, DeJong homered to left
    • P. Goldschmidt: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Goldschmidt struck out swinging
    • J. Martinez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Martinez struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Yairo Munoz in left field
    • Carlos Martinez pitching
    • P. Alonso: Ball, Ball, Alonso flied out to right
    • R. Cano: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Cano struck out swinging
    • A. Hechavarria: Strike looking, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Hechavarria flied out to right
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • W. Font Pitching:
    • Y. Molina: Strike looking, Foul, Molina grounded out to third
    • H. Bader: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Bader safe at first on shortstop Hechavarria fielding error
    • K. Wong: Wong popped out to shortstop
    • Marcell Ozuna hit for Dakota Hudson
    • M. Ozuna: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Ozuna reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Bader out at second
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
    • Andrew Miller pitching
    • Amed Rosario hit for Wilmer Font
    • A. Rosario: Rosario lined out to left
    • D. Smith: Ball, Foul, Ball, Smith singled to right
    • J. Davis: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Davis flied out to center
    • M. Conforto: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Conforto struck out swinging
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • W. Font Pitching:
    • P. DeJong: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, DeJong struck out swinging
    • P. Goldschmidt: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Goldschmidt walked
    • J. Martinez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Martinez struck out swinging
    • D. Fowler: Strike swinging, Fowler flied out to left
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • D. Hudson Pitching:
    • A. Hechavarria: Foul, Hechavarria popped out to shortstop
    • J. Lagares: Foul, Foul, Lagares grounded out to shortstop
    • T. Nido: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Nido grounded out to third
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • Wilmer Font pitching
    • K. Wong: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Wong flied out to center
    • D. Hudson: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Hudson struck out looking
    • M. Carpenter: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Carpenter flied out to left
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • D. Hudson Pitching:
    • J. Davis: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Davis grounded out to second
    • M. Conforto: Ball, Ball, Conforto singled to right
    • P. Alonso: Alonso singled to left center, Conforto to third
    • R. Cano: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Cano grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Alonso out at second
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • J. Vargas Pitching:
    • P. Goldschmidt: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Goldschmidt walked
    • J. Martinez: Ball, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Martinez walked, Goldschmidt to second
    • D. Fowler: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Fowler reached on fielder's choice to pitcher, Goldschmidt to third, Martinez to second on shortstop Hechavarria fielding error
    • Y. Molina: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Molina grounded into double play third to second to first, Goldschmidt scored, Martinez to third, Fowler out at second
    • H. Bader: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul tip, Bader struck out on foul tip
    • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
    • D. Hudson Pitching:
    • T. Nido: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Nido struck out swinging
    • J. Vargas: Ball, Foul
    • deGrom walked
    • D. Smith: Ball, Ball, Foul, Smith grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, deGrom out at second
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • J. Vargas Pitching:
    • D. Hudson: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Hudson struck out swinging
    • M. Carpenter: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Carpenter struck out swinging
    • P. DeJong: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, DeJong struck out looking
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • D. Hudson Pitching:
    • M. Conforto: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Conforto grounded out to third
    • P. Alonso: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Alonso struck out looking
    • R. Cano: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Cano doubled to deep right
    • A. Hechavarria: Foul, Hechavarria singled to center, Cano scored, Hechavarria to second
    • J. Lagares: Strike looking, Lagares singled to right, Hechavarria scored, Lagares out at second
    • End of the 3rd (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • J. Vargas Pitching:
    • Y. Molina: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Molina grounded out to second
    • H. Bader: Ball, Bader lined out to center
    • K. Wong: Wong grounded bunt out to pitcher
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • D. Hudson Pitching:
    • J. Lagares: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Lagares singled to right
    • T. Nido: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Lagares stole second, Strike swinging, Nido grounded out to shortstop, Lagares to third
    • J. Vargas: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Vargas struck out swinging
    • D. Smith: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Smith walked
    • J. Davis: Foul, Ball, Davis lined out to right
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • J. Vargas Pitching:
    • M. Carpenter: Ball, Carpenter flied out to left
    • P. DeJong: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, DeJong walked
    • P. Goldschmidt: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Goldschmidt homered to left center, DeJong scored
    • J. Martinez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Martinez grounded out to third
    • D. Fowler: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Fowler popped out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 1st (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • D. Hudson Pitching:
    • D. Smith: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Smith doubled to deep left
    • J. Davis: Ball, Ball, Davis singled to center, Smith scored
    • M. Conforto: Strike looking, Conforto reached on fielder's choice to first, Davis out at second
    • P. Alonso: Ball, Ball, Alonso lined out to shortstop
    • R. Cano: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Cano walked, Conforto to second
    • A. Hechavarria: Ball, Conforto to third on wild pitch, Hechavarria flied out to deep right
    • End of the 1st (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)