7,656: Mets lose 5-3 on Cards’ homers

Another lost series

Ryan Ludwick tagged Ryota Igarashi for an eight-inning two-run homer Sunday night to lead the St. Louis Cardinals to a 5-3 win over the New York Mets at Busch Stadium.

That and Colby Rasmus’ three-run homer in the fifth marked all the Cardinals five runs, and New York also got its runs on a single swing of the bat.

Angel Pagan in the second hit a bases-loaded single to score Frank Catalanotto and Jeff Francoeur, and Gary Matthews Jr. also scored after pitcher Adam Wainwright fielded a wide throw home and sent it soaring past first base.

Mets starter John Maine lost his no-hitter in the first inning on Ludwick’s double, driving our NoNoHitters.com count up to 7,656 games.

The Mets needed him to put in some innings after Saturday’s 20-inning marathon, but he gave just five, yielding three runs on six hits and four walks.

Wainwright, on the other hand, threw a complete game.

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