Wainwright loses glove and game, too, as Mets beat Cardinals
New York Mets second baseman Wilmer Flores bobbles a ball hit by St. Louis Cardinals' Alberto Rosario before committing a throwing error, allowing Rosario to reach base during the eighth inning of a baseball game Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
ST. LOUIS (AP) Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright lost his glove trying to tag out Yoenis Cespedes in a bizarre play and lost the game, too, when Alejandro De Aza's homer and five RBIs sent the New York Mets over St. Louis 10-6 Thursday night.
Seth Lugo (1-2) pitched five scoreless innings for his first big league win. The Mets took two of three to win their first series at Busch Stadium since 2008.
Brandon Moss hit two home runs for the Cardinals and Jedd Gyorko and Stephen Piscotty also connected.
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The Mets led 3-0 in the fifth when Wainwright (9-8) and Cespedes were involved in a strange sequence.
Cespedes tried to go from first to third on a bloop single by James Loney. When several Cardinals chased the ball, Wainwright covered third base. Cespedes slid and his cleat pinned Wainwright's glove to the bag – he would've been out, but when Wainwright pulled away his hand, the mitt stayed stuck under Cespedes' foot.
Because Wainwright didn't control the ball, Cespedes was called safe in a ruling upheld by replay. Moments later, De Aza hit a three-run homer to make it 7-0.
Lugo gave up two hits and struck out five to earn his first win since May 10 at Triple-A Las Vegas. On Tuesday night, Mets reliever Robert Gsellman also posted his first big league win.
Together, Lugo and Gsellman helped the Mets win a road series from the first time since July 22-24 in Miami.
Lugo left the game with right calf cramp while warming up before the sixth. By then, he'd also gotten his first hit in the majors.
James Loney got three hits and scored twice for the Mets. Loney is hitting .529 (18 for 34) against Wainwright for his career.
Wainwright struggled for the third time in his last four starts, giving up seven runs – only two earned – and nine hits in five innings.
Mets: OF Jay Bruce (calf) was out of the lineup after leaving Wednesday night's game with cramps. … LHP Jonathon Niese (left knee) underwent arthroscopic surgery to repair a meniscus tear.
Cardinals: Matt Adams (right shoulder inflammation) began a rehab assignment at Triple-A Memphis. He batted second and hit a two-run homer Thursday for the Redbirds.
Mets: RHP Bartolo Colon (11-7, 3.36 ERA) will start off a 10-game homestand against Philadelphia. LHP Adam Morgan (1-7, 6.21 ERA) will start for the Phillies.
Cardinals: RHP Luke Weaver (0-1, 5.00 ERA) will make his third major league start, facing Oakland. The A's will counter with Ross Detwiler (1-2, 5.91 ERA).