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Final Score: Mets 5, Cardinals 4—Come on Vargy, let’s go party!

Vargas had a bounce back outing, the Mets offense collected eleven hits, and the bullpen bent but didn’t break.

MLB: New York Mets at St. Louis Cardinals Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

It was a tense affair in the Mets’ series opener in St. Louis, but the Mets pulled out a one-run victory against the Cardinals. The Mets made Wainwright work, opening up a 3-0 lead early and chasing him from the game after 3+ innings of work.

It was only a four-inning outing for Jason Vargas, but he kept the Mets in the game, allowing a solo home run to Jose Martinez, but nothing else. Pete Alonso launched a low pitch from Ryan Helsley over the center field wall in the top of the sixth that for a solo homer that wound up being the difference in the game.

The bullpen bent, but didn’t break, as Seth Lugo yielded a two-run homer in his second inning of work to Lane Thomas in his first major league at bat to make the score 5-3. It got even closer in the eighth, as the Cardinals scored a run on a J.D. Davis error to pull them within a run. But Robert Gsellman recorded two key outs to get the Mets out of the inning and Edwin Diaz shut the door in the ninth, working around a walk and a single to notch his seventh save of the year and secure the victory for the Mets.

Full recap to follow.

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