Mets top Cardinals 9-4 on opening day at Citi Field

Tanya Simon
April 2, 2018

(Queens) - Noah Syndergaard won his first game in 11 and a half months, and the New York Mets knocked off St. Louis 9-4 on Opening Day.

NY plated five runs in the bottom of the fifth to break a 3-3 tie and take a lead they would never relinquish. One of the more memorable season-opening series in NY came in 1985 when former Mets closer Neil Allen gave up an extra-inning, walkoff homer in the first game and a game-losing walk in his second game as the Cardinals' closer - which he wasn't for much longer.

Rookie Jordan Hicks, making his big-league debut, allowed an infield hit to the first man he faced but then immediately got a double play ball and carved up Jay Bruce for an inning-ending strikeouts, throwing 100, 101 and 102 miles per hour fastballs along with a knee-buckling 86 miles per hour slider.

Mets starter Noah Syndergaard got the win.

Cespedes went 2 for 5 with 3 RBI.

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Stuart Broad finished with six for 54, the ninth-best return in his storied 115-Test career, while Anderson took four for 76. Neil Wagner and Boult put on a rollicking 39 off 42 deliveries for the last wicket before Boult was out for 16.

The Met offense tallied a dozen hits, including two each from Brandon Nimmo, Yoenis Cespedes, Adrian Gonzalez, Kevin Plawecki and Amed Rosario.

Opening Day for the Mets also yielded $3.4 million in indirect economic impact due to the spending of Citi Field employees and companies who benefit from the increase in spending by visitors.

The 2018 Baseball season started off with a thud for the St. Louis Cardinals. Molina's two run blast off the left field foul pole gave the Cards a 2-1 second inning lead.

Carpenter's double was the only hit out of 16 at-bats by the first four batters in the Cardinals' order.

The Mets next take the field Saturday for game two of a three-game series against the Cardinals at Citi Field. The game gets going at 1:10 p.m. ET and this NL matchup will be televised on both SNY and FSMW.

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