St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) - Wildly streaky from week to week, Daniel
Murphy is on the right side of the ledger again.
Murphy had a pair of doubles among his four hits to go with two runs scored
and an RBI in the New York Mets' 5-2 win over the St. Louis Cardinals to avoid
a sweep in the finale of a four-game set.
After a terrific start to the year, Murphy fell into an 0-for-17 slide, but
has responded by going 10-of-16 since with four doubles.
Murphy had an unusual ground-rule double in the sixth when he scalded an Adam
Wainwright offering that stuck into a gap between the two conjoining walls in
the right field corner.
David Wright registered two hits, two RBI and a run scored, while Jonathon
Niese (3-4) surrendered two runs on six hits and two walks over 7 1/3 frames
for the Mets, who snapped a six-game losing skid.
Bobby Parnell notched his fourth save after working around a two-out single in
Wainwright (5-3) took a no-hitter into the eighth in his last start, but
quickly allowed a one-out single to Murphy in the first. He fanned eight, but
allowed four runs -- three earned -- on six hits and a walk over six innings
for St. Louis, which had won six of its last seven tilts coming in.
Pete Kozma's RBI double got the Cardinals on the board in the second, but the
Mets countered by plating a pair in each of the third and sixth frames and
added another in the eighth to surge ahead.
Jordany Valdespin ignited a two-out rally in the third with a bunt single and
Murphy drove him in when he laced a double into the right field corner. Murphy
advanced to third on the relay throw to the plate and scored on Wright's
single to right.
Murphy led off the sixth with a double and Wright brought him home when he
ripped a two-bagger into the gap in right center. Wright scurried to third on
the play after the center fielder Shane Robinson one-hopped his throw past the
cutoff man. He crossed the plate on Lucas Duda's sacrifice fly to center two
John Buck's RBI single up the middle made it 5-1 in the eighth.
Carlos Beltran's run-scoring single cut the deficit to 5-2 in the home half,
but with runners on first and second with one away, Brandon Lyon induced Allen
Craig into an inning-ending 5-4-3 double play.
Niese moved to 3-1 in his career against the Cardinals ... Murphy has 13
doubles on the year ... The Mets were 4-for-10 with runners in scoring
position ... New York's Ike Davis went 0-for-5 with four strikeouts.
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