St. Louis Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong hit his first home run in spring training Tuesday, a two-run shot against the New York Mets.
Wong’s homer came in the second inning of a 9-8 loss to the Mets in Jupiter, Fla.
Mets starter Jon Niese struggled, allowing four runs in two innings.
The Cardinals tagged Niese for four runs in the second. Wong clubbed his two-run homer in the inning, hours after manager Mike Matheny expressed his support for the struggling second baseman.
Shortly after discussing Wong, Matheny interrupted his answer to another question, looked to the field and exclaimed, “Did you see that?” Wong was doing back flips from a flatfooted start after pregame stretch.
Fighting strep throat, Adam Wainwright made only one big mistake in 3 1-3 innings: Josh Satin hit a 2-1 pitch over the center field wall, giving the Mets a 1-0 lead in the second.
Zach Lutz ninth-inning solo homer off closer Trevor Rosenthal provided the Mets margin of victory.