New York at St. Louis

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St. Louis (7-4)00000000000101150

Mets outlast Cardinals in 20-inning marathon wire reports

ST. LOUIS -- Jose Reyes needed 20 innings to get something done at the plate.

Reyes hit a tiebreaking sacrifice fly to help the New York Mets beat the St. Louis Cardinals 2-1 in 20 innings on Saturday night in the longest game in the majors in two years.

"That's the happiest 0 for 7 I've ever had in my life," he said. "I played good defense, got the RBI, and we won the game. And finally, it's over."

Francisco Rodriguez (1-0) got the win despite yielding the tying run in the 19th and starter Mike Pelfrey finished for his first career save in a game that included 19 pitchers and lasted 6 hours, 53 minutes.

It was the longest game in the majors since Colorado beat San Diego 2-1 in 22 innings on April 17, 2008.

"This was crazy," Pelfrey said. "I've been involved in some wild games but this was really something. I thought it was never going to end."

Rodriguez said he threw as many as 100 pitches in the bullpen. He began warming up in the eighth and spent the next three hours getting up and then sitting down.

"I got up more than 10 times," he said. "Pretty much every inning."

Jeff Francoeur also had a sacrifice fly for New York in the 19th, snapping a scoreless tie, but Yadier Molina singled in Albert Pujols with two out in the bottom half.

St. Louis left the bases loaded in the 10th, 12th and 14th and stranded 22 runners, including 14 in extra innings. Molina caught the whole game and went 3 for 9.

"The outcome was disappointing but the heart that the club showed was amazing," Cardinals manager Tony La Russa said. "I give them a standing ovation."

It was the longest scoreless game in the majors since the Los Angeles Dodgers and Montreal Expos went 21 innings without a run on Aug. 23, 1989, according to STATS LLC. The Dodgers won that one 1-0 on Rick Dempsey's leadoff homer in the 22nd.

New York manager Jerry Manuel felt the key was the extra effort by Pelfrey, who threw a side session earlier in the day.

"Pelfrey asked to pitch. He stepped up and said, 'Hey I can do this,"' Manuel said.

Utilityman Joe Mather (0-1) became the first position player to lose a game since shortstop Josh Wilson for the San Diego Padres in a 9-6 setback in 18 innings against the Arizona Diamondbacks last June 7.

Mather hit for Colby Rasmus in the 10th and played center and third before taking the mound in the 19th for his first major league pitching appearance.

Angel Pagan started the 20th with an infield single and advanced to third on Mike Jacobs' base hit to right. Reyes followed with a fly ball to center field to give New York a 2-1 lead.

It was the Mets' longest game since they lost 4-3 to St. Louis in 25 innings on Sept. 11, 1974, and the fourth longest in franchise history by innings. It was New York's first win in a game that lasted at least 20 innings.

It was tied for the second longest in Cardinals history.

Johan Santana started the game for New York and struck out nine in seven innings, allowing just four hits.

"I spent more time as a spectator than I did pitching on the mound," Santana said.

Rookie left-hander Jaime Garcia gave up just one hit in seven innings for St. Louis -- a bloop single by Pagan leading off the sixth.

Infielder Felipe Lopez also pitched a scoreless inning for the Cardinals, and starting pitcher Kyle Lohse played three innings in left field.


  • Pujols walked four times, two intentionally.
  • St. Louis pitcher Adam Wainwright and Molina were presented their Gold Glove awards before the game. Pujols will receive his NL MVP award and Silver Slugger bat before Sunday's game.
  • Mets 3B David Wright walked twice, giving him a major league-leading 16 total.
  • Cardinals OF Matt Holliday, mired in an 0-for-16 slump, struck out three times.
  • Reliever Pedro Feliciano made his 373rd appearance with the Mets, moving into fourth on the club's career list.
  • Mather became the first St. Louis position player to register a decision since Jose Oquendo got the loss in a 7-5 setback against Atlanta on May 14, 1988.
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The Mets and Cardinals engage in the longest game in the majors since a 22-inning affair in 2008.  (AP)
The Mets and Cardinals engage in the longest game in the majors since a 22-inning affair in 2008. (AP)

Players of the Game
St. Louis

J. Garcia
IP 7.0
H 1
ER 0
BB 2
K 5
New York

J. Santana
IP 7.0
H 4
ER 0
BB 1
K 9

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New York Mets
Jose Reyes, SS7101112 .171
Luis Castillo, 2B7020112 .257
David Wright, 3B6010334 .270
Jason Bay, LF7000045 .222
Jeff Francoeur, RF7001011 .381
Fernando Tatis, 1B4000010 .174
    Fernando Nieve, P0000000 .000
   a- Henry Blanco, PH-C3000100 .000
Rod Barajas, C5010010 .237
    John Maine, PR0000000 .000
    Hisanori Takahashi, P0000000 .000
   b- Jonathon Niese, PH1000010 .000
    Jenrry Mejia, P0000000 .000
    Raul Valdes, P2010003 .333
    Francisco Rodriguez, P0000000 .000
    Mike Pelfrey, P0000000 .500
Angel Pagan, CF6130201 .267
Johan Santana, P1000010 .250
   c- Frank Catalanotto, PH1000000 .100
    Ryota Igarashi, P0000000 .000
    Pedro Feliciano, P0000000 .000
    Alex Cora, 1B0000000 .190
   d- Gary Matthews Jr., PH1000011 .182
    Mike Jacobs, 1B3010011 .208
a-flied out for Nieve in the 13th
b-struck out for Takahashi in the 15th
c-popped out for Santana in the 8th
d-struck out for Cora in the 11th
SF - Jose Reyes (1), Jeff Francoeur (2)
SH - Luis Castillo (1), Johan Santana (1), Mike Jacobs (1)
RBI - Jose Reyes (2), Jeff Francoeur (8)
SB - David Wright (4, 2nd base off Garcia/Molina)
CS - David Wright (1, 2nd base by Franklin/Molina), Angel Pagan (1, 2nd base by Miller/Molina)
Team LOB - 13
DP - Reyes-Tatis, Blanco-Castillo, Castillo-Reyes-Blanco, Castillo-Reyes-Jacobs
E - Rod Barajas (1, Interference), Hisanori Takahashi (1, Misplayed grounder)
New York Mets
Johan Santana 7400190 3.00
Ryota Igarashi 1.1100210 0.00
Pedro Feliciano 1.1100100 0.00
Fernando Nieve 2.1100230 5.87
Hisanori Takahashi 2100240 1.50
Jenrry Mejia 2300110 2.57
Raul Valdes 2100000 1.17
Francisco Rodriguez (BS,1; W,1-0) 1211110 1.80
Mike Pelfrey (S,1) 1100100 1.29
IBB - Pujols by Fernando Nieve, Pujols by Hisanori Takahashi
Pitches-Strikes - Johan Santana 113-0, Ryota Igarashi 30-0, Pedro Feliciano 17-0, Fernando Nieve 39-0, Hisanori Takahashi 41-0, Jenrry Mejia 32-0, Raul Valdes 27-0, Francisco Rodriguez 24-0, Mike Pelfrey 18-0
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Johan Santana 5-7, Ryota Igarashi 2-1, Pedro Feliciano 3-0, Hisanori Takahashi 2-0, Jenrry Mejia 4-0, Raul Valdes 1-4, Francisco Rodriguez 1-0, Mike Pelfrey 2-1
Batters Faced - Johan Santana 26, Ryota Igarashi 7, Pedro Feliciano 5, Fernando Nieve 11, Hisanori Takahashi 9, Jenrry Mejia 9, Raul Valdes 6, Francisco Rodriguez 5, Mike Pelfrey 5
St. Louis Cardinals
Skip Schumaker, 2B8020233 .256
Ryan Ludwick, RF-CF7020235 .273
Albert Pujols, 1B5120401 .364
Matt Holliday, LF5000036 .262
    Trever Miller, P0000000 .000
    Jason Motte, P1000013 .000
    Dennys Reyes, P0000000 .000
    Blake Hawksworth, P1000013 .000
   a- Bryan Anderson, PH1000002 .000
    Ryan Franklin, P0000000 .000
    Kyle Lohse, LF1000001 .200
Yadier Molina, C9031010 .225
David Freese, 3B1000101 .355
    Kyle McClellan, P0000000 .000
   b- Nick Stavinoha, PH1010000 .286
    Mitchell Boggs, P0000000 .000
    Allen Craig, LF-RF4000121 .071
Felipe Lopez, SS-3B^P^3B8010124 .242
Colby Rasmus, CF3000023 .179
   c- Joe Mather, PH-CF^3B^P6020000 .200
Jaime Garcia, P2000002 .000
    Brendan Ryan, SS6020012 .129
a-hit into fielder's choice for Hawksworth in the 16th
b-singled for McClellan in the 9th
c-grounded out for Rasmus in the 10th
2B - Skip Schumaker (3, Santana), Albert Pujols (3, Rodriguez), Joe Mather (1, Takahashi)
SH - David Freese (1), Brendan Ryan (2)
RBI - Yadier Molina (8)
2-OUT RBI - Yadier Molina (1)
CS - Ryan Ludwick (1, 2nd base by Rodriguez/Blanco), Allen Craig (1, 2nd base by Takahashi/Blanco)
Team LOB - 22
St. Louis Cardinals
Jaime Garcia 7100250 0.69
Kyle McClellan 2000020 4.15
Mitchell Boggs 1.1000120 5.40
Trever Miller 1000010 0.00
Jason Motte 1.1200020 3.38
Dennys Reyes 1000010 0.00
Blake Hawksworth 2.1200130 0.00
Ryan Franklin 1100000 6.00
Felipe Lopez 1100100 0.00
Joe Mather (L,0-1) 2222300 9.00
IBB - Wright by Joe Mather, by Blanco
HBP - Bay (by Joe Mather)
Pitches-Strikes - Jaime Garcia 97-0, Kyle McClellan 25-0, Mitchell Boggs 22-0, Trever Miller 12-0, Jason Motte 25-0, Dennys Reyes 15-0, Blake Hawksworth 38-0, Ryan Franklin 18-0, Felipe Lopez 21-0, Joe Mather 38-0
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jaime Garcia 12-4, Kyle McClellan 3-1, Mitchell Boggs 1-1, Dennys Reyes 1-1, Blake Hawksworth 3-1, Joe Mather 2-4
Batters Faced - Jaime Garcia 24, Kyle McClellan 6, Mitchell Boggs 5, Trever Miller 2, Jason Motte 6, Dennys Reyes 3, Blake Hawksworth 10, Ryan Franklin 3, Felipe Lopez 4, Joe Mather 12
Game Information
Attendance - 43709
Game Time - 6:53
Temperature - 63
Umpires - Home - C.B. Bucknor, First Base - Doug Eddings, Second Base - Dana DeMuth, Third Base - Kerwin Danley