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Pujols hit a two-run homer in the 14th inning to match a career high with five hits, Skip Schumaker added a career-best six hits and St. Louis beat the New York Mets 10-8 Saturday to snap a season-worst five-game losing streak.
"You want to know whether we're gutsy or not? Watch that game," La Russa said.
Schumaker singled with one out in the 14th against a tiring Aaron Heilman (1-4). Ryan Ludwick struck out before Pujols hit a 2-0 pitch into the bleachers in left field for his 19th homer of the year and first since connecting for No. 300 on July 4.
Brad Thompson (3-2) worked two perfect innings for the victory.
"We got the win, man, that's what it's about," said Pujols, who struck out three times in the series opener and was hitless in his last 11 at-bats coming in. "To stop our losing streak is huge. Sometimes things like this get a ballclub going."
Schumaker did his part, becoming the first Cardinals player to have six hits in a game since Terry Moore on Sept. 5, 1935, against Boston.
"I'm happy for him," Pujols said. "It was a great win."
One that came after struggling Cardinals closer Ryan Franklin blew his second straight save, surrendering a leadoff homer to Fernando Tatis in the ninth inning. Rick Ankiel leaped for it at the wall and crashed to the warning track, and for a moment the entire stadium wondered whether he had caught it.
Ankiel stood up and slapped his empty glove in frustration, and Tatis finished rounding the bases to tie it at 8. It was the fifth homer Franklin has allowed in his last nine outings.
The Mets had several chances to win it in extra innings.
Pinch-hitter Ramon Castro grounded out with runners at second and third to end the 11th, and New York loaded the bases with three straight two-out walks in the 12th before Kelvin Jimenez got Tatis to break his bat on a harmless bouncer back to the pitcher.
"We had chances, we just couldn't push it across," Mets manager Jerry Manuel said. "It was just one of those nights."
The game lasted 5 hours, 9 minutes, and the teams combined to use 16 pitchers -- 17, if you count Cardinals starter Braden Looper striking out as a pinch hitter in the 13th.
Filling in for Pedro Martinez, who is on the bereavement list following the death of his father, Brandon Knight made his first major league start and surrendered four runs in the first before shutting out the Cardinals over the next four innings and leaving with a 5-4 lead.
St. Louis went ahead in the sixth. Pujols, Glaus and Molina had RBI singles before Miles doubled in Glaus to make it 8-5, drawing a chorus of boos from the Shea Stadium crowd.
Delgado hit a two-run homer in the bottom half, his 11th in the last 26 games, getting the Mets close enough for Tatis to tie it in the ninth.
Knight allowed seven hits over five innings in his first appearance in six years, and the Mets will have to decide soon whether that's enough to stick around. He was picked for the U.S. Olympic team headed to Beijing in a couple weeks, giving him a unique no-lose situation little more than a year after he considered hanging up his spikes.
Knight looked like he was going to make it an easy choice early on, falling into a four-run hole after the first inning. But Cardinals starter Joel Pineiro struggled even more, giving up a pair of runs in the first, two more in the third and the homer to Reyes leading off the fourth.
"I wasn't nervous at all," said Knight, who was caught plenty of flak from Mets fans early in the game. "You know you are in New York when you get booed."
|Albert Pujols matches a career high with five hits, his last one counting the most in the 14th inning. (AP)|
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|St. Louis Cardinals|
|Skip Schumaker, LF||7||3||6||0||0||1||0||.302|
|Ryan Ludwick, RF||5||2||1||0||2||2||4||.291|
|Albert Pujols, 1B||8||3||5||3||0||1||3||.351|
|Rick Ankiel, CF||7||1||3||1||0||1||2||.282|
|Troy Glaus, 3B||7||1||2||2||1||2||5||.279|
|Yadier Molina, C||6||0||1||2||1||1||3||.301|
|Aaron Miles, 2B||6||0||2||2||1||0||2||.324|
|Joel Pineiro, P||2||0||0||0||0||1||2||.063|
|a- Adam Kennedy, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||2||.267|
|Jason Isringhausen, P||1||0||0||0||0||1||2||.000|
|Ron Villone, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Russ Springer, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Joe Mather, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||2||.235|
|Kyle McClellan, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Ryan Franklin, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|c- Brendan Ryan, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.243|
|Kelvin Jimenez, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Brad Thompson, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.167|
|d- Braden Looper, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.316|
|Cesar Izturis, SS||7||0||1||0||0||1||2||.222|
|a-grounded out for Pineiro in the 5th|
|b-popped out for Springer in the 8th|
|c-grounded out for Franklin in the 11th|
|d-struck out for Jimenez in the 13th|
|2B - Rick Ankiel (21, Sanchez), Aaron Miles (11, Smith)|
|HR - Albert Pujols (19, Heilman)|
|SF - Yadier Molina (4)|
|SH - Skip Schumaker (4)|
|RBI - Albert Pujols 3 (59), Rick Ankiel (59), Troy Glaus 2 (69), Yadier Molina 2 (36), Aaron Miles 2 (25)|
|2-OUT RBI - Albert Pujols 2 (20), Troy Glaus (32), Yadier Molina (22), Aaron Miles (10)|
|Team LOB - 17|
|DP - Franklin-Izturis-Pujols|
|St. Louis Cardinals|
|Ron Villone (H,10)||0.2||1||2||2||2||1||1||5.11|
|Russ Springer (H,7)||1.1||1||0||0||0||1||0||1.89|
|Kyle McClellan (H,23)||1||1||0||0||0||3||0||2.84|
|Ryan Franklin (BS,6)||2||3||1||1||0||1||1||3.96|
|Brad Thompson (W,3-2)||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||3.92|
|WP - Kyle McClellan (4)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Joel Pineiro 80-0, Jason Isringhausen 22-0, Ron Villone 24-0, Russ Springer 18-0, Kyle McClellan 14-0, Ryan Franklin 29-0, Kelvin Jimenez 57-0, Brad Thompson 17-0|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Joel Pineiro 8-2, Jason Isringhausen 2-0, Ron Villone 1-0, Russ Springer 2-1, Ryan Franklin 3-1, Kelvin Jimenez 4-2, Brad Thompson 3-3|
|Batters Faced - Joel Pineiro 23, Jason Isringhausen 4, Ron Villone 5, Russ Springer 5, Kyle McClellan 4, Ryan Franklin 8, Kelvin Jimenez 11, Brad Thompson 6|
|New York Mets|
|Jose Reyes, SS||8||2||4||1||0||1||1||.300|
|Endy Chavez, RF||8||1||2||1||0||0||2||.269|
|David Wright, 3B||6||1||2||1||2||1||1||.290|
|Carlos Delgado, 1B||6||2||2||3||1||2||2||.262|
|Carlos Beltran, CF||4||1||1||0||3||1||2||.264|
|Fernando Tatis, LF||5||1||3||2||2||0||4||.306|
|Robinson Cancel, C||5||0||0||0||0||0||3||.214|
|Brian Schneider, C||1||0||0||0||1||0||0||.247|
|Argenis Reyes, 2B||7||0||1||0||0||2||1||.297|
|Brandon Knight, P||2||0||0||0||0||1||2||.000|
|a- Nick Evans, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.225|
|Carlos Muniz, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Pedro Feliciano, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Joe Smith, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Marlon Anderson, PH||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.208|
|Duaner Sanchez, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Scott Schoeneweis, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|c- Damion Easley, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.277|
|Billy Wagner, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|d- Ramon Castro, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||2||.286|
|Aaron Heilman, P||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-struck out for Knight in the 5th|
|b-singled for Smith in the 7th|
|c-flied out for Schoeneweis in the 9th|
|d-grounded out for Wagner in the 11th|
|2B - Jose Reyes 2 (25, Pineiro, Pineiro), Fernando Tatis (7, Pineiro)|
|3B - Endy Chavez (1, Pineiro)|
|HR - Jose Reyes (12, Pineiro), Carlos Delgado 2 (22, Pineiro, Villone), Fernando Tatis (6, Franklin)|
|RBI - Jose Reyes (49), Endy Chavez (11), David Wright (80), Carlos Delgado 3 (66), Fernando Tatis 2 (24)|
|2-OUT RBI - Carlos Delgado 2 (26)|
|SB - Robinson Cancel (1, 2nd base off Isringhausen/Molina)|
|Team LOB - 16|
|DP - Reyes-A. Reyes-Delgado|
|New York Mets|
|Aaron Heilman (L,1-4)||3||6||2||2||0||4||1||4.76|
|HBP - Ludwick (by Brandon Knight), Ankiel (by Brandon Knight)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Brandon Knight 99-0, Carlos Muniz 12-0, Pedro Feliciano 5-0, Joe Smith 30-0, Duaner Sanchez 20-0, Scott Schoeneweis 12-0, Billy Wagner 21-0, Aaron Heilman 57-0|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brandon Knight 7-4, Carlos Muniz 1-0, Scott Schoeneweis 2-0, Billy Wagner 2-4, Aaron Heilman 2-3|
|Batters Faced - Brandon Knight 26, Carlos Muniz 4, Pedro Feliciano 1, Joe Smith 8, Duaner Sanchez 5, Scott Schoeneweis 4, Billy Wagner 6, Aaron Heilman 15|
|Attendance - 53799|
|Game Time - 5:09|
|Temperature - 78|
|Umpires - Home - Mark Wegner, First Base - Jeff Kellogg, Second Base - Sam Holbrook, Third Base - Chad Fairchild|