Rapid Reaction: Cardinals 6, Mets 5

WHAT IT MEANS: Pedro Beato had gone unused since last Thursday because Terry Collins said the rookie was suffering from “dead arm.”

Pedro Beato

Pedro Beato

#27 RP
New York Mets

2011 STATS

  • GM58
  • W2

  • L1

  • BB27

  • K37

  • ERA4.41

Beato’s first action back on the mound went poorly for the Mets … and the Atlanta Braves.

Beato, trying to protect a one-run lead with two out and a pair of inherited runners on base, surrendered a three-run homer to David Freese and the Mets ultimately lost to St. Louis, 6-5.

Miguel Batista and Daniel Herrera were responsible for the runners on base.

The Mets lost their 82nd game, clinching a third straight losing season. St. Louis pulled within 1½ games of the wild-card-leading Braves, who lost in Miami.

Willie Harris had a solo homer in the ninth to pull the Mets within a run. It was Harris' first homer since April 3, during the season-opening series at Florida.

ALMOST: In his third major league start, Chris Schwinden departed in position for his first win.

Schwinden exited with a 4-3 lead after tossing six innings. He allowed six hits, two walks (one intentional) and hit a batter while striking out five in a 92-pitch effort.

The Mets scored four unearned runs in the third inning to overcome an early 3-0 deficit.

Angel Pagan’s two-out grounder went through Cardinals shortstop Rafael Furcal’s legs as Schwinden and Jose Reyes scored. Josh Satin, pinch-hitting for Lucas Duda, then delivered a two-run double to left-center against Jaime Garcia.

Schwinden, a 1-for-21 hitter in his minor league career, had notched his first major league hit earlier in the inning.

Duda became dizzy after hitting the right-field wall attempting to catch Freese’s two-run triple in the first inning.

Satin notched his first two career major league RBIs.

REYES TRACKER: Jose Reyes went 1-for-4 and is now tied for the National League batting lead with Milwaukee’s Ryan Braun at .330. Braun went 0-for-4 against the Chicago Cubs.

WHAT’S NEXT: The Mets complete their 2011 road schedule as Chris Capuano (11-12, 4.47 ERA) opposes Cardinals right-hander Jake Westbrook (12-8, 4.61) in Thursday’s 1:45 p.m. ET series finale. St. Louis will be bidding for its fourth home sweep of the Mets since 2003.