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NEW YORK NEW YORK- JUNE 13 Carlos Gomez #91 of the New York Mets looks on as the ground crew roll out the tarp prior to the start of the ninth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Citi Field

NEW YORK NEW YORK- JUNE 13 Carlos Gomez #91 of the New York Mets looks on as the ground crew roll out the tarp prior to the start of the ninth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Citi Field

Not only did the Cardinals beat the Mets on Friday night, but they also took care of business in their suspended game earlier in the evening.

One inning later, the Mets announced Syndergaard exited with a right hamstring strain. ERA indicators (3.56 FIP, 3.95 xFIP, 3.96 SIERA) are a bit more impressed by his performance, though overall, Syndergaard's K/9, home run rate, swinging-strike rate, and hard-hit ball rate have all gone in the wrong direction from his 2018 numbers.

Carlos Martinez closed out the game with two shutout innings for the save. In the fourth inning the Cardinals added their third run of the game when Goldschmidt walked, got to second after another walk, went to third on a fielder's choice that had to be challenged, and then scored on a double play.

St. Louis' next batter, Kolten Wong, dropped a blooper into shallow right field between a lunging Michael Conforto and a sprinting Jeff McNeil, sending Flaherty barreling toward home from first. Gsellman returned to the mound after saying he had a stiff back following his scoreless inning Friday night. Syndergaard has been battling strep throat for the last couple of days, but he reported feeling better on Thursday and should be fully recovered by Saturday's game versus St. Louis.

J.D. Davis and Adeiny Hechavarria each had an RBI for NY. Now in scoring position, he would score easily when Juan Lagares knocked a single of his own, giving the Mets a 3-2 lead.

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Cardinals: Goldschmidt returned to the starting lineup after a day of rest.

Syndergaard (5-4) reached for his right hamstring after throwing a pitch in the seventh. Molina was shaken up after getting hit on his glove hand by a foul ball in the sixth.

Alonso smashed a mammoth three-run homer off the facing of the third deck in a five-run first inning against Michael Wacha (4-3). Previous year he carried a 2.73 ERA over 33.0 innings in 11 appearances.

Robert Gsellman entered with NY leading 8-3.

Peterson pitched 7 1/3 innings over six games for the Mets this season, giving up four runs for a 4.91 ERA. He's opposed by RHP Mike Soroka (7-1, 1.92 ERA), who has not lost since April 18.

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