NEW YORK -- At the start of the eighth inning, the Cardinals had a grand total of one hit in the game and yet had spun such little yarn into three runs for a 3-3 tie.
After all, they did their best work late in this series.
Paul DeJong, who the Cardinals' games notes nicknamed "Mr. Met," hit a solo home run to break the tie and send the Cardinals to a 4-3 victory at Citi Field on Sunday. The Cardinals scored 13 runs in the seventh inning or later during the four games in Queens, and 10 of those runs came in the eighth or later.
DeJong hit a home run in three of the four games on this series, and he has five homers in his past four games at the Citi Field. Against the Mets he's hit nine homers in 20 games, and at Citi Field he has six homers in 46 at-bats.
The only hit the Cardinals had before the eighth inning was Paul Goldschmidt's two-run homer in the first inning.
DeJong drew a walk ahead of Goldschmidt and then scored on the 422-foot shot to left field. In the fourth inning the Cardinals added their third run of the game when Goldschmidt walked, got to second after another walk, went to third on a fielder's choice that had to be challenged, and then scored on a double play. The Cardinals concocted the entire rally without the benefit of a hit.
The Mets, meanwhile, riddled starter Dakota Hudson with eight hits through six innings. Hudson threw his seventh consecutive quality start by holding the Mets to three runs despite allowing 11 baserunners. Hudson got double plays in the fourth and fifth inning to keep those innings clean. The Mets took a 3-2 lead in the third inning when back-to-back singles scored runs, and then the inning ended when Juan Lagares attempted to take second as the go-ahead run scored.
Carlos Martinez closed out the game with two shutout innings for the save.
The Cardinals conclude their 10-game road trip 5-5, and they won their final two series of the journey, in Miami and then in Flushing Meadows.
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