Carpenter threw five 1-2-3 innings out of the seven he pitched. In the decisive fourth inning, a three-run frame, he allowed a ground single to left by Luis Castillo, David Wright's scratch single that Carpenter deflected, and a game-tying bloop single to right by Ryan Church.
The big hit was a two-run double to right by rookie Nick Evans.
"It came down to that one pitch to Evans," Carpenter said. "I threw the pitch that I wanted to throw. It was a flat cutter instead of having a little tilt to it."
The Cardinals made Mets starter Johan Santana throw 110 pitches in seven innings, but they couldn't quite get to him, stranding 12 and going 2-for-12 with runners in scoring position.
Mets 3, Cardinals 2: A seven-game trip that started out promisingly with a three-game sweep in Kansas City ended at 4-3 as the Cardinals lost their third in four games at New York against the injury-riddled Mets. The Cardinals managed only nine runs in the four games. C Yadier Molina knocked in one run, and 2B Joe Thurston singled home the other.
Notes, Quotes • Part of the Cardinals' future will be on display on July 12 in the annual minor league "Futures" game at Busch Stadium. 3B Brett Wallace, the club's top draft pick in 2008 who is hitting .266 at Class AAA Memphis after being promoted from Class AA Springfield, will be on the United States team managed by Cardinals Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith. Joining him will be OF Daryl Jones, the 2008 organizational minor league player of the year who is hitting .296 at Springfield.
• Manager Tony La Russa was reasonably philosophical after the Cardinals lost their second in a row Thursday, failing to ruffle Mets LHP Johan Santana, who was in trouble in four of his seven innings. "(Santana) got it when he needed it," La Russa said. "We out-hit them. But they made one more run happen."