The Mets countered with 3 runs in the bottom of the 1st, 2 of them on a J.D. Davis homer. Rafael Ortega tied things up in the 4th with a 2 run homer of his own, but Joe Panik put the Mets back up with a solo homer in the 8th off Shane Greene.
After allowing the 3 first inning runs, Mike Soroka settled in to finish the next 4 scoreless. Darren O’Day, Luke Jackson, Sean Newcomb, Mark Melancon, and Josh Tomlin all tuned up for the playoffs with scoreless outings. Adam Duvall went back-to-back with Hech in the 11th to give the bullpen some Used-Everybody-Else-Already Utility, but apparently the value of that particular constant has yet to be divined.
St. Louis wins the NL Central; the Cardinals come to town Thursday, on TBS for the rest of us.