NEW YORK — Curtis Granderson heard cheers in the bottom of the ninth inning.
That’s because he walked with one out against St. Louis closer Trevor Rosenthal to bring the tying run to the plate. For the slumping Granderson, that’s about as good as it gets these days.
But it didn’t matter, as the Mets went out meekly with David Wright striking out and Daniel Murphy bouncing into a force play to end the Cardinals’ 3-0 victory at Citi Field.
Granderson’s 0-for-3 night dropped his average to .116. The Mets have scored only three runs in their last 26 innings. Still, they had a two-game winning streak snapped.
Adam Wainwright (4-1) threw seven scoreless innings, allowing four hits. He struck out three and walked none. He departed after throwing only 79 pitches. He was removed after suffering a hyperextended right knee after trying to field Chris Young’s grounder toward first base. First baseman Mike Adams fielded it and tagged out a diving Young.
Kevin Siegrist pitched a perfect eighth and Rosenthal walked two, but threw a scoreless ninth for his sixth save. Veteran Bobby Abreu made his Mets’ debut as a pinch hitter in the ninth and flied out.
St. Louis got a run in the ninth off former closer Jose Valverde. Pinch-hitter Daniel Descalso walked to lead off and scored from second on Matt Holliday’s two-out single to right. Granderson’s throw home was well off the mark, up the third-base line.
Dillon Gee (1-1) allowed six hits and two runs in six innings before being lifted for pinch-hitter Kirk Nieuwenhuis. Gee walked two and struck out four. He threw only 95 pitches.
St. Louis broke the scoreless tie with two runs in the fourth, although Gee limited the damage.
Holliday walked to lead off the inning, and Adams singled to center, moving Holliday to second. Longtime Mets nemesis Yadier Molina then lined a single to left, loading the bases.
Jon Jay grounded a two-run single to center, giving the Cardinals a two-run lead. But No. 8 hitter Kolten Wong bounced into a 3-2 force play, and Wainwright then grounded into a 5-2 force play. With the bases still full, Gee fanned Matt Carpenter.
Meanwhile, Wainwright, who entered the game with a 2-4 record and a 6.02 ERA against the Mets during the regular season, faced the minimum 12 batters through the first four innings.
Chris Young hit a sharp one-out single to left in the second, but was caught stealing as Lucas Duda struck out on a 3-2 pitch.
In the fifth, cleanup hitter Murphy led off with a bunt single. Young followed with a drive toward the fence in deep left. Holliday, who has the reputation of being a poor defender, timed his jump perfectly and made a leaping catch near the top of the wall. The grab took away an extra-base hit and possibly a home run from Young.
Still, the Mets had a chance to score in the inning. Duda singled up the middle, sending Murphy to second. Travis d’Arnaud then lined a one-hopper directly at shortstop Jhonny Peralta, who started a 6-4-3 double play.
Omar Quintanilla, who started at shortstop in place of Ruben Tejada (.204), went 0-for-2 against Wainwright. Manager Terry Collins said before the game that he started the lefty-hitting Quintanilla because he entered the night 4-for-12 (.333) against Wainwright in his career.
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