St. Louis Cardinals defeat New York Mets, 5-3

ST. LOUIS - Three straight days of superb starting pitching had created a new sense of hope among the Mets, hope that overcoming their slow start is as inevitable as Jose Reyes eventually raising his batting average above .154, where it sits now.

In fact, a road trip that began in disastrous fashion, with messy losses in Colorado that made Jerry Manuel's job status a media issue again, had taken on a different feel as the Mets showed some grit to go with their strong pi...