7,497: Hernandez, Green allow 12 earned runs in sweep-inducing loss

The end of a lousy series

The Mets’ bats finally got going in the latter half of Thursday afternoon’s game, but it’s kind of hard to win when your pitchers give up 12 runs.

So the St. Louis Cardinals completed their sweep of the Mets, beating New York 12-8 in a game that featured two home runs by Albert Pujols and a homer and pair of doubles by Rick Ankiel.

Mets’ starter Livan Hernandez pitched terribly, giving up seven earned runs on nine hits and a walk. Pujols’ first homer in the opening inning advanced our NoNoHitters.com count to 7,497 games without a Mets no-hitter.

Reliever Sean Green didn’t fare much better, allowing five earned runs and seven hits in two innings of work.

The lousy pitching wasted a solid performance from Carlos Beltran, who went 3-for-5 including a three-run blast in the eighth. Ryan Church went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer in the seventh and David Wright also had a multi-hit day.

The season is young, but the 6-9 Mets are already 5 games behind the first-place Florida Marlins.

At least Johan Santana is on the mound tomorrow.

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