Mets outfielder Alejandro De Aza went 2 for 4 with a home run and a career-high five RBIs in a 10-6 win over the Cardinals on Thursday at Busch Stadium.
De Aza hit a two-run single in the fourth inning to give the Mets a 3-0 lead, then blew the game open one inning later with a three-run home run off Adam Wainwright (9-8) to make it 7-0.
"Anything that can help the team win, it feels great," De Aza said after the game. "It's fun to do that now, and every time you can. Every time you hit a home run, it's fun."
De Aza's second multi-hit game of the month helped the Mets draw within 3 1/2 games of the Cardinals for the second Wils Card spot with 35 games to play.
"This and every game is important," De Aza said, "We're just out there trying to win as many games as we can. Thank God we got that one today. We've got to continue that."
Despite being in a 4-for-34 slump over his last 16 games, the 32-year-old De Aza got the start Thursday night with Jay Bruce dealing with a calf injury. Manager Terry Collins said De Aza has accepted his role as a reserve outfielder and has made the most of any opportunity.
"He knows his role," Collins said. "He doesn't have to like it, but he accepts it, and gets himself ready. He didn't stop working. He didn't stop practicing. Any time we had extra BP, he was out. All he needed was a chance to play a little bit and when he got it, he made the most of it."