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Beltran's walk-off homer erases Pujols' 7 RBI, Mets down Cards

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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NEW YORK -- Carlos Beltran swung, and quickly an exciting night for the New York Mets became an exhilarating one.

Beltran hit a two-run homer in the ninth inning, putting a rousing ending to a game of grand-slam derby between Albert Pujols and Carlos Delgado and rallying the Mets over the St. Louis Cardinals 8-7 Tuesday.

"This is a potential playoff atmosphere," Beltran said. "Whoever wins this series is going to make a statement."

Pujols hit a slam and a three-run homer for St. Louis, setting a career-high with seven RBI. Delgado almost matched that for the Mets, crunching a solo shot and a slam to reach 400 homers.

"It doesn't matter. It's not about me," Pujols said.

Said Delgado: "This isn't a man-to-man matchup."

Beltran's one-out drive to right field off Jason Isringhausen (4-7) capped the Mets' comeback from a 7-1 deficit. It also decided the game between NL division leaders and gave the Mets a five-game winning streak.

On a rollicking night at Shea Stadium, a Mets crowd of 49,661 that included former President Clinton had plenty to cheer about. Fans found out before the game pitcher Tom Glavine will not need surgery on his left shoulder, and later learned outfielder Shawn Green was acquired from Arizona.

"It was a nice night," Delgado said.

Beltran set off the biggest ovation, connecting for his 36th homer after Paul Lo Duca singled. Booed at home for most of last year, Beltran took a joyride around the bases, tossing his helmet and jumping on the plate.

"Walkoff is a great feeling," he said.

On a team loaded with All-Stars, Beltran has been a force, driving in 103 runs and playing a stellar center field.

"Beltran is my MVP, that's for sure," Mets manager Willie Randolph said.

Aaron Heilman (3-4) won in relief, giving the Mets their ninth straight home victory.

St. Louis played without two All-Stars. Center fielder Jim Edmonds was out while recovering from last week's dizziness and shortstop David Eckstein remained in St. Louis for treatment for his strained side muscle.

Even minus them, the Cardinals took a big lead. After Mets rookie John Maine retired the first nine batters, St. Louis pounded him.

Aaron Miles opened the fourth with a single, Chris Duncan doubled and Pujols hit a 430-foot shot that banked off the scoreboard in right-center field, barely missing where "Cardinals" was spelled out in lights.

That drive was Pujols' 37th homer and put him over 100 RBI -- the sixth straight year he's topped the century mark. And the St. Louis star was just warming up.

Maine made a pair of terrible rookie mistakes in the fifth, issuing a pair of two-out walks that loaded the bases for Pujols.

Pujols took advantage, launching a majestic drive into the left-center field bleachers for his fifth career slam and a 7-1 lead.

"He's always wanting to do damage," Beltran said.

Delgado got those runs back in a hurry. After hitting a solo homer in the second inning, he connected again off Jeff Weaver, this time for his 11th slam.

Delgado's 400th homer moved him past Al Kaline and Andres Galarraga into 42nd place on the career list. The Mets' ninth grand slam of the year also set a team record.

New York closed to 7-6 in the sixth on Jose Reyes' RBI groundout.

Pujols got another big chance after Pedro Feliciano walked two batters in seventh. Submarining reliever Chad Bradford got Pujols to ground into an inning-ending double play.

"I think we hit some balls hard," Pujols said. "We didn't take advantage of our opportunities."

Notes

  • Pujols' previous RBI-high was five.
  • Mark McGwire was the last St. Louis player with seven RBI in a game, in 2000.
  • Reliever Guillermo Mota made his Mets debut, pitching a scoreless inning. The Mets got him Sunday from Cleveland for a player to be named.
  • Delgado has 40 multihomer games. Pujols has 15.
  • Cardinals LHP Mark Mulder will come off the DL and start Wednesday night. He's been sidelined since June 21 with an injured left shoulder.
 
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Carlos Beltran launches himself into a sea of teammates after his walk-off homer.  (Getty Images)
Carlos Beltran launches himself into a sea of teammates after his walk-off homer. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
New York

C. Delgado
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 2
RBI 5
St. Louis

A. Pujols
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 2
RBI 7
 

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St. Louis Cardinals
Aaron Miles, SS3210200 .262
Chris Duncan, LF2210200 .347
Albert Pujols, 1B4227011 .327
Scott Rolen, 3B4000010 .313
Juan Encarnacion, CF-RF4020010 .283
Preston Wilson, RF3000011 .266
    Adam Wainwright, P0000000 .400
    Randy Flores, P0000000 .000
   a- Timo Perez, PH0000100 .194
    Tyler Johnson, P0000000 .000
    Braden Looper, P0000000 .500
    Jason Isringhausen, P0000000 .000
Ronnie Belliard, 2B4010012 .285
Yadier Molina, C4110021 .217
Jeff Weaver, P2000011 .118
    So Taguchi, CF2000010 .268
Totals32787596 
a-was walked intentionally for Flores in the 8th
Batting
2B - Chris Duncan (8, Maine), Juan Encarnacion (21, Bradford), Yadier Molina (24, Maine)
HR - Albert Pujols 2 (38, Maine, Maine)
RBI - Albert Pujols 7 (105)
2-OUT RBI - Albert Pujols 4 (31)
SB - Juan Encarnacion (5, 2nd base off Mota/Lo Duca)
Team LOB - 3
Fielding
PB - Yadier Molina (7)
E - Ronnie Belliard (10, ), Chris Duncan (3, )
St. Louis Cardinals
Jeff Weaver 5554242 6.11
Adam Wainwright (H,13) 1111100 3.14
Randy Flores (H,16) 1000000 4.93
Tyler Johnson (H,8) 0.1000000 5.06
Braden Looper (H,14) 0.2000010 3.77
Jason Isringhausen (BS,9; L,4-7) 0.1222001 3.54
HBP - Tucker (by Tyler Johnson)
Pitches-Strikes - Jeff Weaver 94-56, Adam Wainwright 15-9, Randy Flores 10-7, Tyler Johnson 2-1, Braden Looper 4-4, Jason Isringhausen 7-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeff Weaver 8-5, Adam Wainwright 3-0, Randy Flores 1-2, Tyler Johnson 1-0, Braden Looper 1-0, Jason Isringhausen 1-0
Batters Faced - Jeff Weaver 24, Adam Wainwright 5, Randy Flores 3, Tyler Johnson 2, Braden Looper 2, Jason Isringhausen 3
New York Mets
Jose Reyes, SS5101000 .290
Paul Lo Duca, C5230001 .311
Carlos Beltran, CF5212004 .288
Carlos Delgado, 1B4225000 .258
David Wright, 3B4000011 .299
Michael Tucker, LF2010110 .269
Endy Chavez, RF3110003 .296
Chris Woodward, 2B3000114 .219
John Maine, P1000010 .000
   a- Ricky Ledee, PH0000100 .206
    Guillermo Mota, P0000000 .000
   b- Jose Valentin, PH0000000 .285
    Pedro Feliciano, P0000000 .000
    Chad Bradford, P0000000 .000
   c- Julio Franco, PH1000011 .272
    Aaron Heilman, P0000000 .000
Totals338883514 
a-walked for Maine in the 5th
b-hit a sacrifice bunt for Mota in the 6th
c-struck out for Bradford in the 8th
Batting
HR - Carlos Beltran (36, Isringhausen), Carlos Delgado 2 (31, Weaver, Weaver)
SH - Endy Chavez (9), Jose Valentin (4)
RBI - Jose Reyes (62), Carlos Beltran 2 (103), Carlos Delgado 5 (85)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Michael Tucker 1
DP - Reyes-Woodward-Delgado, Wright-Woodward-Delgado
New York Mets
John Maine 5677252 3.58
Guillermo Mota 1100020 6.05
Pedro Feliciano 0.1000200 2.02
Chad Bradford 1.2100100 2.83
Aaron Heilman (W,3-4) 1000020 3.88
IBB - Perez by Chad Bradford
Pitches-Strikes - John Maine 82-57, Guillermo Mota 21-13, Pedro Feliciano 14-6, Chad Bradford 13-8, Aaron Heilman 13-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - John Maine 5-4, Guillermo Mota 1-0, Pedro Feliciano 1-0, Chad Bradford 2-1, Aaron Heilman 1-0
Batters Faced - John Maine 22, Guillermo Mota 4, Pedro Feliciano 3, Chad Bradford 5, Aaron Heilman 3
Game Information
Attendance - 49661
Game Time - 2:36
Temperature - 78
Umpires - Home - James Hoye, First Base - Joe West, Second Base - Ed Rapuano, Third Base - Tony Randazzo