Seth Lugo earned his first Major League win and the Mets' won for the fourth time in five games with a 10-6 victory over the Cardinals on Thursday night at Busch Stadium.
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- Lugo (1-2) pitched five scoreless innings before he was removed while warming up in the sixth due to cramping in his right calf. In his second Major League start, the 26-year-old allowed two hits and three walks while striking out five. He also singled in the fourth for his first career hit.
- Alejandro De Aza went 2-for-4 with a three-run homer and a career-high five RBIs. He also had a two-run single in the fourth that increased New York's lead to 3-0. De Aza began July with five RBIs for the season.
- James Loney went 3-for-5 and Asdrubal Cabrera and Wilmer Flores each chipped in with two hits and an RBI. Rene Rivera doubled and singled in a pair of runs in the ninth.
- Every position player in New York's lineup reached base at least twice.
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News and notes…
- New York won their first series in St. Louis since 2008. The Mets are 8-17 at Busch Stadium going back to 2009 and trail the Cardinals by 3.5 games for the second N.L. Wild Card spot.
- New York hit .301 with 14 homers and scored 55 runs during their 10-game road trip. They scored in double digits for just the sixth time this season.
- In his first two big league starts spanning 11 2/3 innings, Lugo has allowed three runs on nine hits and four walks with eight strikeouts.
- Cabrera is 9-for-24 (.375) with four doubles and four RBIs in six games since returning from the disabled list.
- Jay Bruce did not play one day after leaving early due to a cramp in his right calf.
- Neil Walker is expected to return from Paternity List leave and be in the starting lineup on Friday night when the Mets open their homestand against the Phillies.
- Sean Gilmartin was recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas for the third time this season. One day after being recalled, Erik Goeddel was optioned back to Las Vegas.
The Mets (64-63) head home for a weekend set with the Phillies (59-68) from Citi Field on Friday night at 7:10 p.m. ET on SNY. Bartolo Colon (11-7, 3.37 ERA) kicks off New York's 10-game homestand looking for his 230th career win. Philadelphia southpaw Adam Morgan (1-7, 6.21 ERA) has a 6.83 ERA during a 13-game winless streak that dates back to May 10.