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Reyes, Woodward combine for six RBI as Mets hold off Cards

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NEW YORK -- Steve Trachsel wasn't happy. And he was the winning pitcher.

After the New York Mets battered Mark Mulder for nine runs in his first major league game since June, Trachsel and his bullpen nearly gave back an eight-run lead Wednesday night. Still, the Mets hung on for a nervous 10-8 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals that stretched their winning streak to six.

"More down than up, definitely," said Trachsel, who gave up three homers. "The up part was my pitches, especially my fastball."

Jose Reyes hit a three-run homer, a drive over the left-field bleachers, and Chris Woodward had a three-run double as the Mets built a 10-2 lead.

But Jose Vizcaino, signed by St. Louis earlier in the day, hit a two-run homer in the fifth, and Scott Rolen and Preston Wilson hit consecutive shots in the sixth. Then in the eighth, Wilson hit an RBI double off Chad Bradford and scored on Ronnie Belliard's single.

"A laugher is not always a laugher," Mets manager Willie Randolph said. "It seemed like a laugher, but it changed real quick. At least we're not crying, though."

It was almost a mirror image of Tuesday, when the Mets fell behind 7-1, then rallied for an 8-7 win capped by Carlos Beltran's two-run, ninth-inning homer.

Trachsel (13-5) allowed six runs, six hits and three walks in five-plus innings but still managed to win his fourth straight decision and improve to 11-1 since May 17. He walked Mulder in the third on four pitches, then loaded the bases when he walked Chris Duncan ahead of Albert Pujols, who hit a two-run single.

"We gave him a nice little lead and he made it interesting for us," Randolph said.

Trachsel was annoyed that a Beatles tribute band, 1964 The Tribute, repeatedly played when he was ready to throw his first pitch of an inning.

"Somebody needs to tell them when the batter's in the box, you're not supposed to play," he said

Billy Wagner pitched the ninth for his 32nd save in 37 chances, giving up a two-out single to Pujols before retiring Rolen on a comebacker. New York, which didn't have a hit after the fourth, extended its home winning streak to 10, and the NL East leaders improved to a season-high 29 games over .500 at an NL-best 77-48.

"You want to set the tone at home," Wagner said.

St. Louis dropped to 8-13 in August but maintained a one-game lead in the NL Central over second-place Cincinnati.

"We made a hellacious comeback," Cardinals manager Tony La Russa said.

Mulder (6-6) made his first appearance since June 20, when he was chased after 2 1/3 innings by the Chicago White Sox. He allowed nine runs in that one, and he gave up nine runs in this one, too, his ERA ballooning to 6.77. Mulder, coming back from a strained left shoulder, lasted just three-plus innings, giving up nine hits and four walks.

"It wasn't the outcome I wanted, but the arm felt good," he said.

Every Mets starter had a hit by the fourth inning other than Trachsel and Beltran, who had walked twice by then. Reyes, in an 0-for-12 slide coming in, batted in each of the first four innings and had hits in his first three trips. His 15 homers are double his previous high: seven last year.

New York took a 4-0 lead in the first on Carlos Delgado's RBI double and, following an intentional walk to David Wright, a bases-loaded double by Woodward, who had been 0-for-10. After Pujols' single cut the lead in half, Reyes' homer boosted the margin to 7-2 in the bottom half.

Beltran's walk and Delgado's double finished Mulder in the fourth. Wright hit Josh Hancock's third pitch for a two-run double, then scored on a one-out single by Lastings Milledge.

Vizcaino originally wasn't in the starting lineup, but La Russa changed his mind and inserted him into the leadoff spot in place of shortstop Aaron Miles.

"I was ready for it," Vizcaino said.

Notes

  • Regular Cardinals SS David Eckstein, who strained a muscle in his side Friday, was placed on the 15-day DL, retroactive to Saturday.
  • Reyes also stole a pair of bases, raising his major league-leading total to 52.
  • Jim Edmonds pinch hit and walked in the seventh for the Cardinals. He hasn't started since Aug. 15 because of dizziness caused by post-concussion syndrome.
  • Ex-Mets closer Braden Looper was booed when he entered in the eighth.
 
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Tuesday it was New York's Carlos Beltran getting high-fives. Wednesday Jose Reyes gets a little skin.  (AP)
Tuesday it was New York's Carlos Beltran getting high-fives. Wednesday Jose Reyes gets a little skin. (AP)

Players of the Game
New York

J. Reyes
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 3
St. Louis

A. Pujols
AB 5
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
 

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St. Louis Cardinals
Jose Vizcaino, SS5112013 .210
Chris Duncan, LF3000121 .341
   a- So Taguchi, PH1000000 .267
Albert Pujols, 1B5022001 .328
Scott Rolen, 3B5221003 .314
Preston Wilson, RF4222000 .268
Juan Encarnacion, CF3000101 .281
Ronnie Belliard, 2B4121000 .287
Yadier Molina, C3110001 .218
    Gary Bennett, C1000001 .195
Mark Mulder, P0100100 .280
    Josh Hancock, P0000000 .000
   b- Jim Edmonds, PH0000100 .264
    Jorge Sosa, P0000000 .130
   c- Scott Spiezio, PH1000011 .267
    Randy Flores, P0000000 .000
    Braden Looper, P0000000 .500
Totals3581084412 
a-flied out for Duncan in the 9th
b-walked for Hancock in the 7th
c-struck out for Sosa in the 8th
Batting
2B - Scott Rolen (39, Bradford), Preston Wilson (23, Bradford), Ronnie Belliard (25, Trachsel)
HR - Jose Vizcaino (2, Trachsel), Scott Rolen (19, Trachsel), Preston Wilson (11, Trachsel)
SH - Josh Hancock (1)
RBI - Jose Vizcaino 2 (7), Albert Pujols 2 (107), Scott Rolen (77), Preston Wilson 2 (58), Ronnie Belliard (53)
2-OUT RBI - Albert Pujols 2 (33)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
E - Albert Pujols (5, )
St. Louis Cardinals
Mark Mulder (L,6-6) 3999411 6.77
Josh Hancock 3311020 3.53
Jorge Sosa 1000120 5.10
Randy Flores 0.1000000 4.89
Braden Looper 0.2000000 3.72
IBB - Wright by Mark Mulder
Pitches-Strikes - Mark Mulder 78-40, Josh Hancock 46-34, Jorge Sosa 18-9, Randy Flores 3-2, Braden Looper 7-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mark Mulder 2-6, Josh Hancock 1-7, Randy Flores 1-0, Braden Looper 1-1
Batters Faced - Mark Mulder 22, Josh Hancock 13, Jorge Sosa 4, Randy Flores 1, Braden Looper 2
New York Mets
Jose Reyes, SS4233102 .294
Paul Lo Duca, C5010012 .310
Carlos Beltran, CF3200213 .286
Carlos Delgado, 1B5221002 .260
David Wright, 3B4212102 .298
Chris Woodward, 2B5123001 .224
Lastings Milledge, RF4011012 .239
    Pedro Feliciano, P0000000 .000
    Chad Bradford, P0000000 .000
    Aaron Heilman, P0000000 .000
    Billy Wagner, P0000000 .000
Endy Chavez, LF-RF3120101 .300
Steve Trachsel, P2000014 .093
    Roberto Hernandez, P0000000 .000
    Michael Tucker, LF1000010 .259
Totals361012105519 
Batting
2B - Carlos Delgado 2 (23, Mulder, Mulder), David Wright (32, Hancock), Chris Woodward (6, Mulder), Endy Chavez (18, Hancock)
HR - Jose Reyes (15, Mulder)
SH - Steve Trachsel (4)
RBI - Jose Reyes 3 (65), Carlos Delgado (86), David Wright 2 (90), Chris Woodward 3 (19), Lastings Milledge (18)
2-OUT RBI - Jose Reyes 3 (34)
SB - Jose Reyes 2 (52, 2nd base off Mulder/Molina, 2nd base off Sosa/Bennett)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Wright-Delgado
New York Mets
Steve Trachsel (W,13-5) 5666313 5.00
Roberto Hernandez 1.1000100 3.06
Pedro Feliciano 0.1000010 2.01
Chad Bradford 1322000 3.14
Aaron Heilman (H,23) 0.1000010 3.86
Billy Wagner (S,32) 1100010 2.24
Pitches-Strikes - Steve Trachsel 50-31, Roberto Hernandez 11-5, Chad Bradford 25-18, Aaron Heilman 6-3
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Steve Trachsel 6-8, Roberto Hernandez 1-2, Chad Bradford 3-0, Billy Wagner 1-1
Batters Faced - Steve Trachsel 24, Roberto Hernandez 4, Pedro Feliciano 1, Chad Bradford 6, Aaron Heilman 1, Billy Wagner 4
Game Information
Attendance - 49329
Game Time - 3:21
Temperature - 82
Umpires - Home - Joe West, First Base - Ed Rapuano, Second Base - Tony Randazzo, Third Base - James Hoye