McNeil's throw leads Mets to victory over Cards after, Syndergaard injured

Mets' grounds crew puts the tarp on in the ninth inning on Thursday night

Enlarge Image Mets grounds crew puts the tarp on in the ninth inning on Thursday night. Paul J. Bereswill

It's not too hard to imagine a Mets game being decided by a baserunning blunder. He allowed three runs over four innings, matching the number of runs he'd allowed over his previous 22 innings.

NY has homered in 19 straight home games, extending a team record, and 13 in a row overall - the club's longest streak since going 13 consecutive games over two seasons from October 2012 to April 2013. While the Mets had just breathed new life into the game for Mets fans, we were all quickly punched in the gut when after falling down 0-2, Ramos grounded into a double play to end the game.

Home plate umpire Brian O'Nora left in the third inning, when he ran off the field in obvious discomfort shortly after taking a foul ball off his groin. Scuffling closer Edwin Díaz gave up a two-out RBI single to Yadier Molina in the ninth, and Kolten Wong lofted a blooper toward the right field line. Gsellman returned to the mound after saying he had a stiff back following his scoreless inning Friday night.

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The Cardinals lost for the second time in six games.

Pounders, who had been pitching at Triple-A Columbus, was immediately added to the major league roster for Saturday night's game against St. Louis.

The Mets snapped a two-game losing streak but might have lost winning pitcher Noah Syndergaard, who exited with none out in the seventh due to a right hamstring strain. He was followed up by J.D.

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The OVER is 17-13-2 in Mets' home games this season. Molina was shaken up after getting hit on his glove hand by a foul ball in the sixth. He underwent an MRI Sunday and Callaway said results would be announced Monday. The Cardinals will counter with righty Michael Wacha (4-2, 5.63 ERA).

In other news, the Mets signed first-round draft pick Brett Baty, a 19-year-old third baseman out of Lake Travis High School in Texas. NY entered tonight's action with a 33-36 record, 7.5 games behind Atlanta in the NL East and five games behind the Cubs and Phillies in the wild card race. Entering the game, he had allowed 11 earned runs over his last 45 innings and had won each of his last two starts. He's opposed by RHP Mike Soroka (7-1, 1.92 ERA), who has not lost since April 18.

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