SS De­jong, Cards swing to se­ries win

The Saline Courier - - SPORTS -

NEW YORK — Paul De­jong again picked on a fa­vorite foe.

De­jong tagged the Mets for a tiebreak­ing home run in the eighth in­ning Sun­day, send­ing St. Louis Car­di­nals over New York 4-3. The young short­stop is 30 for 83 (.361) with nine homers and 10 dou­bles over 20 ca­reer games against the Mets. He has connected for five homers in his last five games at Citi Field. The Car­di­nals won de­spite get­ting out­hit 10-3. They took three of four in the se­ries, and De­jong home­red in each vic­tory.

“Noth­ing comes to mind,” De­jong said of his mas­tery of the Mets.

De­jong connected off Chris Flexen (0-3) for his solo drive.

“He hung a 3-1 slider. I was looking fast­ball and I just re­acted,” De­jong said. “I thought they were pitch­ing around me early in the count and they chal­lenged me late and I was ready.”

The loss was the lat­est in which Mets re­liev­ers couldn’t shut down an op­po­nent.

New York’s bullpen has al­lowed 15 earned runs over its last 20 1/3 in­nings.

“The tale of the game was that they were one swing away, we were one swing away and they made one good swing,” man­ager Mickey Call­away added. “They got the big one. We didn’t.” The Car­di­nals ral­lied against New York’s bullpen in each of their wins in se­ries.

“You talked about re­silience, we talked about dif­fer­ent ways we beat peo­ple,” Car­di­nals man­ager Mike Shildt said. “The en­tire se­ries was in­dica­tive of that.”

Paul Gold­schmidt hit a prodi­gious home run off the fa­cade of the sec­ond deck and scored twice for St. Louis, which went 5-5 on its sea­son-long 10-game road trip.

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