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St. Louis 11, NY Mets 4
When: 7:10 PM ET, Wednesday, September 15, 2021
Where: Citi Field, New York City, New York
Temperature: 79°
Umpires: Home - Ed Hickox, 1B - Victor Carapazza, 2B - Jerry Meals, 3B - Junior Valentine
Attendance: 21001

Tyler O'Neill and Harrison Bader each drove in two runs during a five-run first inning Wednesday night for the St. Louis Cardinals, who remained atop the race for the second National League wild card by completing a three-game sweep of the host New York Mets with an 11-4 win.

The Cardinals (76-69) have won seven of eight. St. Louis maintained a one-game lead over the San Diego Padres (75-70), who beat the San Francisco Giants 9-6 on Wednesday. The Cincinnati Reds (75-71), who lost 5-4 to the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday, are 1 1/2 games back of the Cardinals.

The Mets (72-75) fell five games behind the Cardinals. New York is still 5 1/2 games behind Atlanta (76-68) in the NL East after the Braves' 3-2, 10-inning loss to the Colorado Rockies.

Dylan Carlson had an RBI single in the first against Tylor Megill for the Cardinals, who finished with 16 hits while receiving at least one hit from every starter.

Bader (fourth inning), Paul Goldschmidt (seventh), Nolan Arenado (seventh) and Edmundo Sosa (eighth) all hit solo homers for the Cardinals. Goldschmidt and Arenado each added run-scoring singles later in the eighth.

Jon Lester (6-6), who batted before throwing a pitch in the first, won his 199th career game by allowing three runs (two earned) on six hits and no walks while striking out seven over six innings. The 37-year-old left-hander is 3-0 with a 2.72 ERA in his last seven starts.

Pete Alonso homered in the second, Jeff McNeil scored on an error by Sosa in the third and Kevin Pillar went deep in the sixth before the Mets threatened in the seventh against Andrew Miller and T.J. McFarland. Jose Peraza laced an RBI single to pull New York within 8-4 before Lars Nootbaar, who had just been inserted in right field in a double switch, reached over the right field wall to rob Alonso of a three-run homer.

McNeil finished with three hits while Pillar had two hits.

Megill (3-5) gave up six runs on nine hits and two walks while striking out three over three-plus innings. The rookie right-hander lasted a career-high seven innings in his previous start last Friday against the New York Yankees.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
Starting Pitchers
St. Louis   NY Mets
Jon Lester Player Tylor Megill
Win W/L Loss
6.0 IP 3.0
7 Strikeouts 3
6 Hits 9
3.00 ERA 18.00
St. Louis   NY Mets
Paul Goldschmidt Player Jeff McNeil
3 Hits 3
2 RBI 0
1 HR 0
7 TB 6
.600 Avg .750
Team Stats Summary
Team Hits HR TB Avg LOB K RBI BB SB Errors
St. Louis 16 4 32 .381 15 9 11 3 0 1
NY Mets 13 2 22 .317 25 8 3 0 0 1