Walker allows 1 hit in 7 innings, Mets walk past Cards 4-1

ST. LOUIS (AP) – Taijuan Walker allowed one hit in seven innings; the Mets scored three runs on bases-loaded walks and beat the St. Louis Cardinals 4-1 on Thursday. Walker (2-1) struck out eight and walked none as the Mets salvaged a split after dropping the first two of the four-game series in St. Louis. Walker set the tone by striking out the side in the first inning. He retired the final 18 batters he faced after Paul DeJong reached on a fielder’s choice and throwing error that set up. New York won despite leaving 17 runners on base.

The Cardinals’ lone run in the second. Trevor May struck out two in a perfect eighth, and Edwin Díaz pitched around a couple of hits in the ninth to earn his fourth save in many tries. The Mets scored twice in the fifth without a crash. Pete Alonso reached an error, and Cardinals pitchers John Gant and Kodi Whitley combined with walking the next four batters as the Mets took a 2-1 lead. New York tacked on two more runs in the eighth courtesy of another bases-loaded walk from right-hander Jake Woodford to Alonso and an RBI single by Dominic Smith.

Gant struggled with his control all game, needing 98 pitches to get through 4 1/3 innings. He walked six and struck out five as St. Louis dropped its second straight after winning six in a row. Gant (2-3) stranded eight baserunners in the first four innings, including wiggling out of a bases-load jam in the third by striking out Smith looking and getting a dazzling catch in foul territory by left fielder Justin Williams on Kevin Pillar’s drive.


The Mets had at least one baserunner in every inning, aided by 11 total walks.

Harrison Bader’s sacrifice fly scored Nolan Arenado to give the Cardinals a 1-0 lead in the second. Jonathan Villar’s throwing error allowed Arenado to get into the scoring position. Alonso saved a bigger inning by making a diving catch and keeping his foot on the first base bag on another errant throw from third baseman Villar.


The start of the game was delayed 15 minutes due to rain, and there was another 17-minute delay in the sixth.


The Mets selected RHP Tommy Hunter from Triple-A Syracuse and optioned RHP Jordan Yamamoto.

The Cardinals recalled OF Lane Thomas from Triple-A Memphis and optioned RHP Johan Oviedo.


Mets: RHP Jacob deGrom (right lat inflammation) played catch Thursday and hopes to throw a bullpen session Friday, putting him on track to start Sunday against Arizona at Citi Field … RHP Carlos Carrasco (right hamstring strain) was transferred to the 60-day IL.

Cardinals: RHP Miles Mikolas (right shoulder) began his rehab assignment Wednesday night in Memphis against visiting Durham. He allowed two runs in 2 1/3 innings and struck out three.


Mets: LHP David Peterson (1-3, 4.81 ERA) kicks off a three-game series Friday night at home against Arizona, which hasn’t announced a starter. It will be Peterson’s first career appearance against the Diamondbacks. Cardinals: On Friday night, RHP Jack Flaherty (5-0, 3.41 ERA) takes on former Cardinals LHP Austin Gomber (2-3, 5.90 ERA) and Colorado in the first of three games at Busch Stadium. Gomber was traded to Colorado on Feb. 1 in the Arenado deal.

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