NEW YORK ( Associated Press) — There are two constants with the Mets this season: Injuries and wins.
On Thursday, they learned that Max Scherzer will join fellow ace Jacob deGrom on the long-term disabled list. Then New York blew a ninth-inning lead against the Cardinals and fell behind in the 10th.
In the end, the New York Mets put a brave face on bad weather with a 7-6 win over St. Louis in 10 innings.
Pete Alonso made sure the bad Scherzer-related news didn’t put a damper on New York’s good run, hitting a two-run homer in the 10th inning.
“We’re just a tough, tough group of players,” Alonso said after his 447-foot blast.
After making contact with the ball and slapping his chest five times with both hands, the slugger began jogging around the bases.
“When you have a group of talented guys who love to win and have a strong character, you succeed in games like this,” added Alonso.
Paul Goldschmidt tied the score 5-5 with two outs in the ninth inning against Puerto Rican closer Edwin Díaz, to reach four RBIs in the match.
Albert Pujols hit an RBI groundout, however, which generated a double play in the 10th inning. The Cardinals had not played extra innings this year.
With the automatic runner on second, Alonso found a pitch from Mexico’s Giovanny Gallegos (0-2), to reach 10 homers on the season and lead the majors with 33 RBIs.
Colin Holderman (1-0), who made his major league debut over the weekend, got the win. The Mets moved 12 games over the .500 mark, their best mark of the season.
Scherzer was diagnosed with an oblique strain and will miss six to eight weeks. The star left Wednesday’s game after throwing a pitch.
It’s another blow to a team that leads the NL East despite losing deGrom, fifth starter Tylor Megill and catcher James McCann, all to injury.
The Mets are also without relievers Sean Reid-Foley and Trevor May.
For the Cardinals, Venezuelan Juan Yepez 5-3 with one run scored and one produced. The Dominican Pujols 5-0. Puerto Rican Yadier Molina 2-0.
For the Mets, Puerto Ricans Francisco Lindor 3-2 with three runs scored, Tomás Nido 3-1. Venezuelans Eduardo Escobar 4-0, Luis Guillorme 4-2 with a run scored.