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Mets pull away late, beat Cardinals 11-4

The New York Mets pulled away late to defeat the St. Louis Cardinals, 11-4, on Wednesday night at Citi Field.

Max Scherzer got the start and allowed two runs (one earned) over 5.2 innings while striking out four. However, he left the game early with what the team is calling left-side discomfort. He will have tests done on Thursday. Seth Lugo gave up a pair of runs in relief while Adam Ottavino and Colin Holderman had scoreless outings.

Jeff McNeil opened the scoring in the first inning with a two-run single to right to give the Mets an early 2-0 lead.

The Cardinals responded in the second and tied the game. Albert Pujols grounded one through the right side for a two-run single.

New York plated five runs in the fifth to retake the lead. Pete Alonso and Dominic Smith each drove in runs with singles while Eduardo Escobar delivered a run-scoring sacrifice fly and Luis Guillorme had a sacrifice bunt.

Nolan Arenado cut the Mets’ lead in half in the eighth with a two-run home run to left-center. New York busted the game open in the bottom half of the frame with five runs. Brandon Nimmo started the inning with an RBI triple. Mark Canha followed that with an RBI single and Alonso capped off the scoring with a three-run shot to center.

Canha, Alonso, and McNeil each had multi-hit games.

The two teams will wrap up the four-game series on Thursday afternoon. The first pitch is slated for 1:10 p.m.