Michael Wacha had combed his hair and dressed in a button-down shirt, all ready at his locker not long after a beer shower to celebrate his first major league win.
Just as he did on the mound, the St. Louis rookie got cleaned up quick.
Wacha recovered from a wild start and Allen Craig hit a three-run homer for the Cardinals in a 9-2 victory over the staggering New York Mets on Tuesday night.
''It's an unbelievable feeling,'' Wacha said. ''Hopefully, there's more to come.''
Matt Holliday had three hits and the NL Central leaders took full advantage of a crucial error by new Mets first baseman Daniel Murphy, who was shifted over from second after slumping Ike Davis got demoted to the minors Sunday.
David Freese extended his career-best hitting streak to 20 games, longest in the majors this season, and Wacha (1-0) even knocked in a run with a groundout for his first RBI.
The 21-year-old righty walked three batters and fell behind 2-0 in a 37-pitch first inning but worked his way ...