Willie McGee doubled in two runs in the seventh inning to break a 1-1 tie and Dave LaPoint pitched a four-hitter over eight innings last night in New York to lead the St. Louis Cardinals to a 3-2 victory over the Mets.

Bruce Sutter bailed the Cardinals out of a ninth-inning jam to earn his 41st save. Mookie Wilson led off the inning with a double to left for only the third hit by the Mets and Sutter relieved. Pinch hitter Rusty Staub bounced out to second, with Wilson moving to third. Wilson scored on a single by Keith Hernandez over first base. Sutter then got George Foster on a liner to second base and Hubie Brooks on a grounder to the mound to end the game.

The Cardinals broke a 1-1 tie in the seventh against Sid Fernandez (4-5). Darrell Porter singled to right and moved to second as Ozzie Smith bounced out to short. LaPoint walked and McGee followed with his double down the right field line to score both runners.

The Cardinals took a 1-0 lead in the fourth. Terry Pendleton led off with a single, stole second, moved to third on a throwing error by catcher Mike Fitzgerald and scored on a sacrifice fly by Tito Landrum. The Mets tied it in the fourth when Wilson led off with a triple and Kelvin Chatman doubled.