St. Louis, MO (SportsNetwork.com) – Randal Grichuk finished 3-for-3, hit two homers and knocked in six runs, as St. Louis used quick bursts of offense to beat the New York Mets 12-2 on Saturday in the second game of s three-game series.
Jason Heyward was 5-for-5, knocked in two runs and crossed home twice for the Cardinals, who have taken the first two in the set to erase a three-game losing string at Pittsburgh,
Mark Reynolds, Yadier Molina and Jhonny Peralta each drove in a run to pace St. Louis’ 15-hit attack.
“I don’t get to enjoy it as much as everyone else because I’m trying to take care of everything else, but I’m real happy to see our guys have some success and have some big nights,” Cardinals manager Mike Matheny admited. “I think that’s something they can carry for a while.”
John Lackey (8-5) gave up a run on 10 hits over his successful seven-inning performance.
Michael Cuddyer collected three hits including a solo homer for the Mets, who had won four straight entering the series. Kirk Nieuwenhuis added two hits and scored a run.
Bartolo Colon (9-8) was tagged in defeat for seven runs on eight hits with five strikeouts and three walks in 4 1/3 frames.
The Cards sent 10 men to the plate in the opening inning, racing out to a 4-0 lead. Each of the first eight batters reached base, producing four runs on back-to-back RBI singles from Peralta and Heyward, a ground-rule double from Molina and a Grichuk hit-by-pitch after a Reynolds walk.
St. Louis extended its edge in the fifth. Peralta hit a one-hopper over the wall in left and came in when Heyward followed with a base hit. Heyward stole third and scored on a Reynolds hit which finally chased Colon. Carlos Torres came on but allowed Grichuk’s two-run blast for an 8-0 score.
“I know they have a tough lineup,” Colon stated. “This year they’ve been lucky, they’ve been good. I was lucky enough last year to beat them twice, and this year they beat me twice.”
New York picked up single runs in the sixth and eighth on a Cuddyer solo shot and a Ruben Tejada double to score Nieuwenhuis.
Four more came in during the home eighth on a Tejada fielding error which scored Pete Kozma and a three-run homer from Grichuk that pushed the hosts into double digits.
The Cardinals scored at least 10 runs for the first time since a 10-1 waxing of the Phillies on June 20 and reached double digits for the sixth time in 2015 … Heyward tied a career high of five hits, equaling his performance on Sept. 26, 2013, against the Phillies.