ST. LOUIS (AP) — David Wright gave the New York Mets lineup a hopeful sign with his first home run in 71 at-bats. He knows the hits need to keep coming.
"There's many sleepless nights," Wright said after a 5-2 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday night. "I won't lie and say it's easy or it doesn't bother me."
Wright homered for the first time since May 28, after entering in a 3-for-43 slump over the previous 13 games. He leads the Mets with 34 RBIs, but has just four this month. The homer was his fifth overall and first on the road this season.
"I always put a lot of pressure on myself," Wright said. "I know that hitting in the middle of this lineup, a lot of the burden falls on me."
Mets manager Terry Collins said he never doubted whether Wright would snap out of it.
"Everybody goes through these things, and the great ones get out of it," Collins said. "Certainly, I wouldn't be at all surprised if he goes on a tear now and starts swinging the way we know he can. We've just got to get him some help."
Michael Wacha escaped a pair of jams with strikeouts, and the Cardinals snapped a fifth-inning tie with RBIs from Jon Jay and Matt Holliday.
Yadier Molina hit his first homer since May 24 for the Cardinals, who have won eight of nine and will go for a three-game sweep on Wednesday.
Lucas Duda also homered for the Mets, who have lost 11 of 14.
"I got better results, so that's good," Wright said. "We're not doing much damage offensively, and that's frustrating.
"Hopefully we start coming around and give our pitchers a little more run support."
Collins batted the pitcher eighth, with Eric Young Jr. hitting ninth, for the second straight game in an effort to stimulate the offense. During the 14-game slump, the Mets have scored two or fewer runs seven times.
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