St. Lucie Mets starter, Jose Sanchez went six strong innings for the win, allowing only one run on two hits with one strikeout.
The Mets took the early lead with a run in the first and the Cardinals responded with one in the third to tie the game, but the Mets came right back in the fourth to score three runs and from that point they never surrendered the lead. The final score 6-4, putting the defending champions in the hole.
Going into the series the Cardinals felt confident they could handle the Mets, in that they had defeated them three out of four games in August.
Game 2 is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET on Wednesday at Tradition Field.
Game 2: Palm Beach at St. Lucie Cardinals TBD vs. Mets LHP Sal Aguilar (7-5, 3.25)
Game 3 (if necessary): Palm Beach at St. Lucie Cardinals TBD vs. Mets TBD