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Final Score: Mets 6, Cardinals 2—Win the game, win the series

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MLB: St. Louis Cardinals at New York Mets Gregory Fisher-USA TODAY Sports

The Mets beat the Cardinals 6-2 this afternoon and secured the series win against the Cardinals. It was a “team win,” as they say. Jacob deGrom wasn’t at his best in his season debut, but as we’ve seen with him on so many occasions before, he found a way through where lesser pitchers would have surely folded. All told, deGrom made it five and two-thirds innings, striking out seven, walking one, and yielding one earned run on four hits.

The Mets’ offense pounced on Cardinals starter Michael Wacha right away, scoring two runs in the bottom of the first inning on a Todd Frazier double. A Jose Martinez RBI base hit cut the Mets’ lead to 2-1 in the top of the fourth inning, but deGrom managed to escape further trouble. Travis d’Arnaud quickly gave the Mets their two-run lead back in the bottom of the frame with his and the Mets’ first home run of the season, a line drive at the Great Wall of Flushing and a welcome sight in any event.

Yoenis Cespedes added a bomb of his own—this one over the Great Wall—in the bottom of the fifth inning to extend the Mets’ lead to 4-1, and the Mets never really looked back from there. An apparent oblique injury to Anthony Swarzak notwithstanding, Mets’ relievers and the offense alike steadily pressed the gas and steered the game to its happy conclusion.

Full recap to follow.

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