Gyorko homers, Cards top Mets in 1st game of doubleheader

Teammates greet St. Louis Cardinals Jedd Gyorko, center, after he hit a third-inning, two-run, home run during the first game of a baseball doubleheader against the New York Mets, Tuesday, July 26, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
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NEW YORK (AP) Jedd Gyorko homered again, hitting a two-run drive off Noah Syndergaard that sent the St. Louis Cardinals over the New York Mets 3-2 Tuesday in the first game of a doubleheader.

Gyorko connected for the sixth time in eight games, giving him 13 this season. The Cardinals lead the NL in home runs with 137, matching last year's total.

The Mets played at home for the first time since the All-Star break and lost in a matchup of NL wild-card contenders. Citi Field was nearly empty at the start, a day after a rainout forced the twinbill.

Carlos Martinez (10-6) gave up a two-run homer to Rene Rivera and left after the fifth inning with a 3-2 lead. Three relievers finished, with Seung Hwan Oh getting his fifth save in six chances.

Syndergaard (9-5) has won only one of his last five starts.