Jose Reyes and Asdrubal Cabrera each had three hits and the Mets' bullpen got the final 26 outs to win their third straight game, 7-4, over the Cardinals on Tuesday night at Busch Stadium.
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- Jon Niese allowed two walks and an RBI single before he was removed from the game after just four batters due to left knee soreness. He was charged with three runs on a hit and two walks in one-third of an inning.
- Robert Gsellman made his Major League debut when he took over for Niese with one out in the first and runners at first and third. He allowed both inherited runners to score but yielded nothing else in 3 2/3 innings to pick up his first big league win. Gsellman (1-0) tossed 75 pitches and surrendered two hits, three walks and struck out two.
- After the Cardinals tied the game, the Mets went back ahead in the second on consecutive RBI hits from Reyes and Cabrera. Justin Ruggiano added to the lead with his second homer of the road trip. James Loney's RBI flare into left in the ninth gave the Mets a three-run cushion.
- Wilmer Flores kicked off the scoring with a three-run homer in the first.
- The Mets' bullpen allowed one run over 8 2/3 innings. Jeurys Familia pitched a perfect ninth for his 42nd save.
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Terry Collins on Gsellman: "It says a lot. That's a tough spot even for a veteran to come out in the first inning…It's very, very impressive."
Collins on Niese: "After the second hitter, I saw him kind of reach down to his left knee. And then, the next guy, I saw him walk off the mound. I told [pitching coach] Dan [Warthen], 'Hey, I think he's limping.' The next hitter, it was definite. And that's when we got Gsellman up. We had to go out, and he said it's killing him, so we took him out."
Gsellman on his Major League debut: "It was my first time ever coming out of the bullpen, so I felt kind of awkward. You still have to take the mound the same way as when you're starting….They told me to be ready when I got here. I just had to take a couple of deep breaths and realize where I was."
News and notes…
- The Mets have won three straight games for the first time since they reeled off five consecutive wins from June 30-July 4.
- New York won for just the seventh time in 23 games in St. Louis since 2009. They have not won a series at Busch Stadium since 2008.
- The Mets improved to 4-4 on their 10-game road trip, during which they are hitting .309 (87-for-282) with 13 homers and 44 runs scored. New York has homered in 13 straight road games, one shy of the club record set in 1998.
- Reyes is batting .357 (15-for-42) with three extra-base hits, three stolen bases, four RBIs and nine runs scored in 10 games this month.
- In three games since his return from the DL, Ruggiano has six hits and six RBIs. His 461-foot home run was the longest by a Met in the last two years.
- Jim Henderson got out of a jam in the seventh in his first big league appearance since June 18.
- Steven Matz was placed on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to Aug. 15 with left shoulder tightness and Neil Walker was placed on the Paternity Leave list on Tuesday. T.J. Rivera and Gsellman were promoted from Triple-A Las Vegas.
Back over the .500 mark, the Mets (63-62) will look to make it two straight over the Cardinals (66-58) at Busch Stadium on Wednesday night at 8:15 p.m. ET on SNY. Jacob deGrom (7-6, 2.73 ERA) makes the start looking to bounce back after allowing eight runs and 13 hits in five innings against the Giants last Thursday. St. Louis counters with Carlos Martinez (11-7, 3.24 ERA), who allowed two runs in five innings to beat New York on July 26 at Citi Field.