"We knew he was making some strides," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said of Piscotty. "He has a good approach all around."
• Right-hander Seth Maness had allowed six earned runs in 4 1/3 innings before Wednesday, but he pitched a perfect fifth in relief of Martinez against the Mets.
"He looked a lot better," Matheny said of Maness.
• Wednesday's victory snapped a six-game winless streak that included two ties.
"Absolutely, no question about it," Matheny said when asked if it felt good to scratch out the club's first win in a week.
Steve Dorsey is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.