Tomas Nido hit a two-run homer and Jonathan Villar added a solo shot and an R.B.I. single, powering the Mets over the St. Louis Cardinals, 7-2, on Wednesday night for a doubleheader split.
The loss ended a six-game winning streak for the N.L. Central-leading Cardinals (19-13).
St. Louis won the opener by 4-1 as Paul DeJong hit a two-run homer and Paul Goldschmidt had a solo homer off Marcus Stroman. Kwang Hyun Kim pitched four innings, combining with Ryan Hemsley (3-0), Giovanny Gallegos and Alex Reyes (ninth save in nine chances) on a two-hitter.
While the Mets received uplifting news earlier in the day when Manager Luis Rojas said ace Jacob deGrom could return to the rotation on Sunday, the skidding team did little at the plate in its first game after hitting coach Chili Davis was fired and replaced by Hugh Quattlebaum.
The Mets went 11 for 50 in the doubleheader and are hitting .238 with a major league-low 84 runs. They are batting .207 with runners in scoring position after going 4 for 16, including 0 for 5 in the opener.
The Mets have lost five of their last eight games and is 12-13 overall.
In the opener, Stroman (3-3) lost his third straight start, allowing four runs — two earned — and seven hits in five innings.
This was the Cardinals’ first doubleheader of the season, shortened to seven-inning games under pandemic rules. The Mets were playing in their third twin bill in just over a month.