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New York Mets salvage doubleheader split with the St. Louis Cardinals

May 5, 2021; St. Louis, Missouri, USA; New York Mets shortstop Jonathan Villar (1) runs the bases after hitting a solo home run off of St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Johan Oviedo (59) during the fourth inning in game two of a doubleheader at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

Tomas Nido, Kevin Pillar and Jonathan Villar drove in two runs each to power the visiting New York Mets past the St. Louis Cardinals 7-2 in the second game of a doubleheader Wednesday.

The result ended the Cardinals’ winning streak, which reached six games after St. Louis took the first game of the twin bill 4-1.

In Game 2, Mets manager Luis Rojas deployed reliever Miguel Castro for one scoreless inning as his opener before turning to Jordan Yamamoto for 2 2/3 innings. Yamamoto (1-0) earned the victory by allowing one run on four hits with no walks and one strikeout.

Losing pitcher Johan Oviedo (0-1) gave up four runs on five hits in four innings. He finished with two strikeouts and no walks.

The Mets broke out to a 3-0 lead in the second inning. Dominic Smith led off with a single and raced to third on Pillar’s double. Oviedo retired Villar and Jose Peraza on fly balls, but a wild pitch scored Smith, and Nido then ripped a two-run homer.

The Cardinals threatened in the bottom of the second. Ali Sanchez hit a two-out double, but he was thrown out easily while trying to score on Oviedo’s single.

Villar’s solo homer in the fourth inning put the Mets up 4-0.

The Cardinals cut the deficit to three in the bottom of the inning. Tyler O’Neill was hit by a pitch leading off, and he stole second base and moved to third on a groundout. Dylan Carlson drove him in with a two-out pinch single.

The Mets pushed their lead to 6-1 in the fifth inning. Pillar lined a RBI single into right field, and Villar followed with a run-scoring infield single.

The Cardinals got within 6-2 in the sixth inning when Harrison Bader hit a double and scored on Justin Williams’ pinch single.

The Mets tacked on another run in the seventh inning on Pillar’s RBI grounder.

–Field Level Media