By DAVID SOLOMON
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Chris Bassitt pitched six strong innings, and the New York Mets beat the St. Louis Cardinals 3-0 for their franchise-best sixth straight series win to start a season. Bassitt struck out six batters and allowed two hits and two walks. Cardinals starting pitcher Jordan Hicks allowed two runs on two hits and two walks in two innings before being pulled in the top of the third inning after being struck on the right wrist. His X-rays were negative. The Mets have been plunked a major-league leading 18 times after it happened three times. Bassitt said the baseballs are bad and the league doesn’t care.