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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. DeAngelo Williams Womens Jersey . 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 centre fielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis. "My hearts still racing," Mets catcher Travis dArnaud said. "A 180-spin throw like that -- a perfect throw. I still cant 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 dArnaud nicked Carpenter with a sweep tag behind his armpit. "I didnt 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. Cardinals right-hander Michael Wacha (2-2) set career highs with 10 strikeouts and five walks in the shortest of his 14 regular-season starts in the majors. A bizarre outing if ever there was one -- but it was that sort of night. Curtis Granderson snapped his career-worst hitless skid at 22 at-bats with a first-inning single, and the Mets got 6 2-3 effective innings from Niese (1-2) with wind gusting up to 41 mph on a 51-degree night. "Kind of throwing cue balls out there," Niese said. "It kind of felt like I was throwing with an ice pack on. Its tough to keep warm." Carlos Torres and Scott Rice escaped an eighth-inning jam before Farnsworth worked the ninth for his second save. He gave up consecutive singles and an RBI double to pinch-hitter Daniel Descalso that one-hopped the wall in left-centre, but New Yorks defence saved Farnsworth. "Two great throws," Carpenter said. "Thats a tough play thats not made a whole lot, especially with the game on the line." Carpenter had four hits and Yadier Molina added three for the Cardinals, but Jhonny Peraltas hitless streak reached 21 at-bats. Peralta popped out with runners at second and third in the eighth before pinch-hitter Matt Adams flied out to end the inning. Niese improved to 4-1 with a 1.87 ERA in six career starts against St. Louis. "I dont know what it is with Jon and cold weather, but he gets the call," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "He pitched absolutely great tonight in the conditions." The game began in a 31 mph wind at a mostly empty stadium. Workers hustled between innings to clean up all the flying napkins and hot dog wrappers that littered the outfield -- even bundled-up second base umpire Rob Drake helped out during a stoppage in play. "It was terrible. The worst. Not fun," Carpenter said. High popups and flyballs were an adventure. Tejada dropped one after retreating into the outfield, then scampering back to the infield. New York still got an easy forceout on the play. Wachas red cap blew right off his head as he was waiting for a new ball and rolled, like tumbleweed, to second baseman Mark Ellis. Duda homered against Seth Maness leading off the sixth, a laser beam of a line drive that cut under the wind and nearly reached the Shea Bridge walkway above the bullpens in right-centre. It was the first home run for the Mets in their past seven home games, ending their longest such drought since May 2012. Early on, it appeared the 22-year-old Wacha was headed to a record-setting performance. Last years NL championship series MVP overpowered the Mets with nine strikeouts in the first three innings but soon lost his control. He walked three in the fourth, including No. 8 batter Tejada and Nieuwenhuis with the bases loaded, forcing in two runs. Wacha was pulled for a pinch hitter in the fifth after throwing 93 pitches. Coming in, he had issued only three free passes in 26 innings this season. The Mets said Wacha joined Smoky Joe Wood (1909), Felix Hernandez (2013) and Danny Salazar (2014) as the only pitchers since 1900 to have at least 10 strikeouts in an outing that lasted no more than four innings, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Molina doubled home a run with two outs in the first, extending his hitting streak to 14 games, after Tejada and the Mets botched a rundown that should have resulted in an inning-ending double play. NOTES: Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright (knee) expects to make his next scheduled start Sunday against Pittsburgh, Matheny said. ... Mets leadoff hitter Eric Young Jr. was rested. Heath Miller Steelers Jersey . But qualifying for her first Scotties Tournament of Hearts after years of falling short in tough Manitoba provincial championships is as good as consolation prizes get for the 29-year-old from Winnipegs Fort Rouge Curling Club. Donnie Shell Jersey . Ortiz hit a pair of two-run homers, including his 400th shot in a Red Sox uniform, and drove in a career high-tying six runs to power Boston past the Houston Astros 10-7 on Saturday night. WASHINGTON -- Drew Storen felt right at home in his return to the ninth inning. Storen got three outs for his second save, and the Washington Nationals beat the Philadelphia Phillies 3-2 on Sunday to avoid a series sweep. "Really, the only thing different is the run to the mound -- fans are real into it," Storen said. "You soak that in for a second, and move on, and lock in and do what you need to do." Adam LaRoche homered twice for Washington, and Scott Hairston hit a go-ahead sacrifice fly off Cole Hamels (8-7) in the sixth inning. Gio Gonzalez (8-9) allowed two runs in six-plus innings. The Nationals had lost five straight against the Phillies. Washington leads the NL East by seven games over Atlanta, which lost 4-0 to Miami on Sunday. A day after manager Matt Williams said he had removed Rafael Soriano from the closer role, Storen got Carlos Ruiz to fly out to left and struck out Marlon Byrd and pinch-hitter Ryan Howard in his 57th career save. Storen spent most of 2012 recovering from elbow surgery, and then blew a save opportunity in Washingtons Game 5 loss to St. Louis in the division series that October. He found himself in the minors for portions of 2013. He has 55 appearances this season, mostly in middle relief, but was back in his old role after Williams said he was going to a closer by committee, at least temporarily. "We figure that (right-handed batters) Ruiz and Byrd are both going to hit . so that dictated Drew," Williams said. "Since he got through those two guys well, we just left the inning to him." Hamels allowed three runs and seven hits in 6 1-3 innings in his first start since he combined with three relievers for a no-hitter against Atlanta. He also had a costly balk that mmoved Ian Desmond to third before Hairstons tiebreaking fly ball to deep left. Rocky Bleier Jersey. "Ive been doing that move since Ive gotten to the big leagues," Hamels said. Hairston is 18 for 48 for his career against Hamels with 10 RBIs. LaRoches first home run tied it at 1 in the second, and he went deep again in the fourth, tying it at 2 with a drive over the out-of-town scoreboard for his 23rd homer. He is 5 for 16 with four home runs and 10 RBIs in his last four games. Darin Rufs sacrifice fly put the Phillies ahead in the top of the fourth. REVIEW OVERTHROWN The Phillies scored in the first when Grady Sizemore singled, reached third on Byrds base hit and then scored on centre fielder Denard Spans throwing error. Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said he thought Byrd should have been awarded home when Antony Rendon committed a second throwing error trying to get Sizemore at the plate. "The argument was that he was already past second base and its two bases," Sandberg said. "I asked if they could review that to check, which they opted to do, but they go on the headset and said that it was a non-reviewable play." TRAINERS ROOM Nationals: Gonzalez received a brief visit from a team trainer after he sprinted to avoid a double play in the fifth inning, but was cleared to continue. He said afterward he was suffering from a blister on his right foot. UP NEXT Phillies: RHP Kyle Kendrick (8-11, 4.77 ERA) starts against Pittsburgh LHP Jeff Locke (6-4, 3.75 ERA) in Mondays opener of a four-game series against the Pirates. 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