NEW YORK — With a 360-foot relay in the ninth inning, the New York Mets prevented a hard-fought victory from vanishing in the wind.
Lucas Duda hit a long home run and New York threw out the potential tying run at the plate to hold off the St. Louis Cardinals 3-2 Wednesday on a blustery night at Citi Field.
Jonathon Niese earned his first win of the season, and shortstop Ruben Tejada cut down Matt Carpenter for the second out of the ninth on a strong relay from center fielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis.
“My heart’s still racing,” Mets catcher Travis d’Arnaud said. “A 180-spin throw like that — a perfect throw. I still can’t believe I witnessed that.”
St. Louis manager Mike Matheny challenged the call by plate umpire Marty Foster, which was confirmed following a replay review of 1 minute, 20 seconds that showed d’Arnaud nicked Carpenter with a sweep tag behind his armpit.
“I didn’t feel the tag and I initially thought that I was safe,” Carpenter said. “But I got a chance to look at it and it was a good call.”
With a runner on second, Kyle Farnsworth sealed it by retiring Matt Holliday on a tricky fly to right.
Rangers 3, Athletics 0: OAKLAND, Calif. — Martin Perez pitched his second consecutive shutout to extend his scoreless innings streak to 26 and the Texas Rangers wrapped up a three-game sweep of the Oakland Athletics with a 3-0 victory Wednesday.
Donnie Murphy homered and Michael Choice scored one run and drove in another for the Rangers, who moved a half-game ahead of Oakland in first place in the AL West.
Pineda tossed for pine tar: Michael Pineda was ejected for using pine tar less than two weeks after appearing to get away with using a foreign substance in another game against Boston, and the Red Sox beat New York 5-1 on Wednesday night.