Mets top Cardinals 9-4 on opening day at Citi Field

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He wouldn't make it out of the fifth, combining with Matt Bowman to give up eight total runs. His first pitch of the spring was clocked over 100 mph, but over the course of five games he showed mastery over his complete nasty arsenal, which includes a 92 mph slider and 90 mph changeup.

Both teams are off Friday and will resume the series Saturday afternoon.

Now the Mets have a clean slate, and they're looking to Syndergaard, not only on Opening Day, but for a full, healthy season of 30-plus starts. They struck out 14 times in the 2016 opener. Yadier Molina hit a two-run homer in the second inning, the fourth opening day homer of his career.

Mayor Bill de Blasio throws out the ceremonial first pitch before Opening Day in March 2014.

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Carpenter's double was the only hit out of 16 at-bats by the first four batters in the Cardinals' order.

Todd Frazier, also making his Mets debut, drew a one-out walk from Carlos Martinez (0-1) in the fifth and scored from first on Gonzalez's double into the right-field corner for a 4-3 lead. The five-time All-Star first baseman was signed for the major league minimum during the offseason after struggling with a bad back previous year with the Dodgers.

On the mound: Martinez and the five relievers combined to walk nine Mets, the most by the team on opening day since a 10-walk game in 1984 ... A single from Yoenis Cespedes then made it 7-3, and Jay Bruce capped the inning with a single of his own to make it 8-3.

NY got hitless relief from Robert Gsellman, newcomer Anthony Swarzak and closer Jeurys Familia to finish with 15 strikeouts in an opener played only hours after the death of former Mets star Rusty Staub. John Candelaria also had 10 strikeouts in 1983 and Francisco Liriano did it two years ago, both while pitching for the Pirates.

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