The support was sufficient for Lugo, who was hardly impeded until a right calf cramp forced him out of the game as he warmed up for the sixth. Leading up to that, Lugo had worked around two singles and three walks to cover five scoreless innings in his second Major League start.

It was not nearly so smooth for Wainwright, who couldn’t pitch past the fifth for the third time in five starts. Though the results could have been much different without the defensive issues behind him, Wainwright was hardly sharp. He surrendered nine hits and has given up 23 runs (18 earned) over his last four starts.

The Cardinals’ offense came much too late and almost entirely via home runs. Brandon Moss drove in three runs with his second multi-homer game this season. Jedd Gyorko and Stephen Piscotty added solo homers in the ninth.

You go, Lugo: With their rotation depleted by injuries and their bullpen overworked, the Mets desperately needed a strong start from Lugo. The rookie delivered, for a time. Staked to an early lead, Lugo struck out five, yielding just two hits. But he departed prior to the sixth inning with a right calf cramp, prematurely ending the best outing of his career. More >

Lugo leaves game with injury

Lugo leaves game with injury

NYM@STL: Lugo exits game in the 6th with an injury

Holding a 7-0 lead, Seth Lugo exits the game in the 6th inning with a right calf cramp after warming up

Upon further review: In what proved to be a pivotal moment of Wainwright’s start, the Cardinals were unsuccessful in their challenge of a play in which Wainwright lost his glove. It happened in the fifth, as Yoenis Cespedes raced from first to third on James Loney‘s single to left. Wainwright backed up third, took the throw, and lodged his glove between Cespedes’ foot and the base. Wainwright lost his glove as Cespedes stepped on it, and Cespedes was ruled safe. The call was confirmed after determining that Wainwright did not hold his glove with the ball in his possession. The Mets went on to score four unearned runs with two outs in the inning. More >

Cespedes steps on glove

Cespedes steps on glove

NYM@STL: Cespedes make Wainwright lose his glove

Yoenis Cespedes slides in safely to third after he steps on Adam Wainwright’s glove, resulting in him losing it while applying the tag

Super sub: Filling in for the injured Jay Bruce, De Aza put the game all but out of reach with his three-run homer in the fifth inning, making Greg Garcia pay for the fielding error that immediately preceded it. De Aza finished with a career-high five RBIs. To put that in perspective, he had five RBIs in April, May and June combined.

Fielding foibles: The Cardinals’ defense, which has been porous all season, complicated several innings for Wainwright and left him to shoulder five unearned runs. Third baseman Jhonny Peralta opened the fourth with a fielding error, and the Mets took advantage by turning the extra out into a run. The Mets then scored the rest of their unearned runs in the fifth, an inning that was extended by shortstop Garcia’s fielding error. It was the team’s 18th multi-error game of the season.

With his two home runs, Moss lowered his season home-run rate to one every 12.08 at-bats. It’s the best mark in the Majors by any player with at least 300 plate appearances.

Mets: Things grow easier on paper at least for the Mets, who open a 10-game homestand with three against the Phillies. Right-hander Bartolo Colon, at age 43 one of the Mets’ few remaining healthy starters, will start on Friday at 7:10 p.m. ET in the opener at Citi Field.

Cardinals: Facing their final Interleague opponent of the season, the Cardinals will give the ball to right-hander Luke Weaver on Friday at 7:15 p.m. CT for the opener of a three-game series with the A’s at Busch Stadium. Weaver (0-1, 5.00 ERA) is still seeking his first Major League win.

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