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St. Louis at New York

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St. Louis (56-45) «60000100000018160
N.Y. Mets (51-50)20000104000007130

Cardinals 8, Mets 7 (13)

CBSSports.com wire reports
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NEW YORK -- Albert Pujols had the 20-inning marathon that the St. Louis Cardinals played against the Mets earlier this year in the back of his mind when he stepped to the plate in a tie game Wednesday.

It was already the 13th inning, and with a day game on the horizon, the big slugger wanted nothing more than to drive in a run and head for bed.

Pujols did exactly that, with a single through the left side of the infield that scored Skip Schumaker from third base. The run allowed St. Louis to hang on after blowing a big lead in an 8-7 victory over New York.

"Whatever it took, if it was 20 again, 13, we're going to do whatever it takes to win the game," said Pujols, who finished 3 for 7 with his lone RBI the eventual winner.

Matt Holliday hit a two-run homer and finished with three RBI, and Jaime Garcia drove in two runs for the Cardinals, who scored six times off Mets ace Johan Santana in the first inning only to watch their bullpen let the lead slip away.

"More like working ball than playing ball," St. Louis manager Tony La Russa said. "They have a lot of grit. We have a lot of admiration for the Mets."

New York scored four times in the eighth to tie the game, and that's where it stood when Pedro Feliciano (2-6) plunked Schumaker and walked Felipe Lopez with one out in the 13th. Jon Jay hit into a fielder's choice, putting runners on the corners, and manager Jerry Manuel elected to pitch to Pujols rather than walk the bases loaded.

His grounder through the left side brought in Schumaker with the go-ahead run.

"We kind of felt that Holliday, at least tonight, was swinging the bat a little better than Albert," Manuel said of his decision to pitch to Pujols. "It was a tough call. We were going to leave the ball away, he'd hit it on the ground some place and hopefully we'd get it. We were playing with fire and we got burned."

Mike MacDougal (1-0) worked the 12th inning to earn the win, with Ryan Franklin getting through the 13th for his 19th save.

It was the Mets' third extra-inning loss since July 21.

The game lasted 4 hours, 32 minutes, which was still pretty snappy compared to the last time Santana and Garcia hooked up, on April 17 in St. Louis. The two pitchers dueled over seven scoreless innings, and both were long gone by the time New York finally won 2-1 in 20 innings. That game lasted 6 hours, 53 minutes.

"Yeah," Pujols said, "that was in the back of my mind."

The Cardinals gave themselves a big cushion in the first against Santana, who needed 38 pitches just to survive the frame. The two-time Cy Young winner allowed a career-high 13 hits, but kept the damage to a minimum the rest of the way and gave New York a chance.

Garcia also had problems in the first inning, allowing a two-run double to Mike Hessman. The sensational Cardinals rookie cruised after that, until Carlos Beltran hit his first homer of the season in the sixth to get the Mets within 7-3.

The rest of their rally came after Garcia left the game.

Mitchell Boggs set down the order in the seventh, then allowed a leadoff single to Luis Castillo and a two-run homer to Angel Pagan in the eighth. Dennys Reyes walked Josh Thole to load the bases later in the inning, and Ike Davis hit a pinch-hit two-run single to right field with two outs that tied the game.

Kyle McClellan loaded the bases again before getting Castillo to ground out.

"It was an ugly eighth, but we showed a lot of guts," La Russa said.

The biggest bright spot the first half of the game for New York was Hessman, who came within a couple feet of hitting a grand slam in the first. His two-run double off the wall in left was still his first hit since Sept. 25, 2008, when he was with Detroit.

The fans cheered Hessman the rest of the game, and for good reason. The 32-year-old journeyman is the real-life version of Crash Davis from the movie "Bull Durham." He's spent most of his career bouncing around the minors leagues, playing 1,621 games and hitting 329 homers in out-of-the-way places like Greenville and Toledo.

He certainly didn't figure to be the star under the lights at Citi Field, especially with Santana on the mound. He had been 3-0 with a 0.71 ERA in five starts this month for New York, and had not allowed a run in 18 straight innings at Citi Field.

"Johan really did a great job of settling down, saving our bullpen a little bit," said the Mets' David Wright. "Hopefully we can bounce back tomorrow and take the series.

Notes

The Cardinals purchased the contract of MacDougal from Memphis and optioned RHP Fernando Salas to the Triple-A club. ... Holliday extended his hitting streak to season-high 13 games. ... Beltran's homer was his first since Sept. 26, 2009.

 
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Players of the Game
New York

A. Pagan
AB 5
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
St. Louis

M. Holliday
AB 6
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
 
St. Louis Cardinals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Felipe Lopez, 3B6121100 .272
Jon Jay, RF6130102 .385
Albert Pujols, 1B7031006 .298
Matt Holliday, LF6123103 .305
Yadier Molina, C6120022 .236
    Mike MacDougal, P0000000 .000
   a- Adam Wainwright, PH0000000 .148
    Ryan Franklin, P0000000 .000
Colby Rasmus, CF5120101 .268
Brendan Ryan, SS3100111 .198
   b- Randy Winn, PH1000002 .245
    Aaron Miles, SS1000001 .311
Jaime Garcia, P3112001 .200
   c- Tyler Greene, PH1000010 .269
    Mitchell Boggs, P0000000 .000
    Jason Motte, P0000000 .000
    Dennys Reyes, P0000000 .000
    Kyle McClellan, P0000000 .500
   d- Ryan Ludwick, PH1000010 .278
    Trever Miller, P0000000 .000
    Jason LaRue, C1000000 .204
Skip Schumaker, 2B5111020 .261
Totals52816857  
a-?? for MacDougal in the 13th
b-grounded out for Ryan in the 9th
c-struck out for Garcia in the 7th
d-struck out for McClellan in the 10th
Batting
2B - Matt Holliday (26, Santana), Colby Rasmus (19, Santana)
HR - Matt Holliday (19, Santana)
RBI - Felipe Lopez (28), Albert Pujols (71), Matt Holliday 3 (60), Jaime Garcia 2 (2), Skip Schumaker (24)
2-OUT RBI - Felipe Lopez (11), Albert Pujols (30), Matt Holliday 3 (32), Jaime Garcia 2 (2), Skip Schumaker (8)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Matt Holliday 1
DP - Ryan-Schumaker-Pujols
St. Louis Cardinals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jaime Garcia 6633341 2.33
Mitchell Boggs 1.1344011 3.15
Jason Motte (H,8) 0.1000000 2.36
Dennys Reyes (BS,3)0100100 3.25
Kyle McClellan 1.1200110 1.98
Trever Miller 2100000 3.55
Mike MacDougal (W,1-0) 1000000 0.00
Ryan Franklin (S,19) 1000010 3.05
HBP - Hessman (by Mitchell Boggs)
Pitches-Strikes - Jaime Garcia 86-50, Mitchell Boggs 29-19, Jason Motte 10-8, Dennys Reyes 6-1, Kyle McClellan 28-14, Trever Miller 23-14, Mike MacDougal 10-6, Ryan Franklin 12-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jaime Garcia 8-4, Mitchell Boggs 2-1, Kyle McClellan 2-1, Trever Miller 2-3, Mike MacDougal 2-1
Batters Faced - Jaime Garcia 25, Mitchell Boggs 8, Jason Motte 1, Dennys Reyes 2, Kyle McClellan 7, Trever Miller 6, Mike MacDougal 3, Ryan Franklin 3
New York Mets
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jose Reyes, SS6130110 .281
Luis Castillo, 2B6110005 .244
Angel Pagan, LF5222110 .305
David Wright, 3B6130001 .301
Carlos Beltran, CF5121112 .227
Mike Hessman, 1B5112013 .167
Jeff Francoeur, RF5000104 .244
Henry Blanco, C2000003 .267
   a- Josh Thole, PH-C3000100 .351
Johan Santana, P2000020 .136
    Manny Acosta, P0000000 .000
    Hisanori Takahashi, P0000000 .067
   b- Chris Carter, PH1000000 .259
    Elmer Dessens, P0000000 .000
   c- Ike Davis, PH1012000 .252
    Francisco Rodriguez, P0000000 .000
   d- Alex Cora, PH1000000 .211
    Bobby Parnell, P0000000 .000
    Pedro Feliciano, P0000000 .000
    Raul Valdes, P1000010 .500
Totals49713757  
a-grounded out for Blanco in the 7th
b-grounded out for Takahashi in the 7th
c-singled for Dessens in the 8th
d-flied out for Rodriguez in the 10th
Batting
2B - Angel Pagan (20, Garcia), Mike Hessman (1, Garcia)
HR - Angel Pagan (9, Boggs), Carlos Beltran (1, Garcia)
RBI - Angel Pagan 2 (46), Carlos Beltran (3), Mike Hessman 2 (2), Ike Davis 2 (49)
2-OUT RBI - Mike Hessman 2 (2), Ike Davis 2 (21)
CS - Jose Reyes (5, 2nd base by Miller/Molina)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Reyes-Castillo-Hessman, Reyes-Hessman
New York Mets
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Johan Santana 5.21377121 3.11
Manny Acosta 0.1000010 3.21
Hisanori Takahashi 1000020 4.47
Elmer Dessens 1000010 1.48
Francisco Rodriguez 2100110 2.47
Bobby Parnell 1100100 0.96
Pedro Feliciano (L,2-6) 1.2111200 2.90
Raul Valdes 0.1000000 4.01
IBB - Ryan by Johan Santana, Rasmus by Francisco Rodriguez, Holliday by Pedro Feliciano
HBP - Schumaker (by Pedro Feliciano)
Pitches-Strikes - Johan Santana 106-69, Manny Acosta 3-3, Hisanori Takahashi 13-9, Elmer Dessens 9-7, Francisco Rodriguez 23-16, Bobby Parnell 16-10, Pedro Feliciano 31-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Johan Santana 5-10, Elmer Dessens 1-1, Francisco Rodriguez 3-2, Bobby Parnell 2-0, Pedro Feliciano 4-0
Batters Faced - Johan Santana 31, Manny Acosta 1, Hisanori Takahashi 3, Elmer Dessens 3, Francisco Rodriguez 8, Bobby Parnell 4, Pedro Feliciano 8
Game Information
Attendance - 35009
Game Time - 4:32
Temperature - 85
Umpires - Home - Derryl Cousins, First Base - D.J. Reyburn, Second Base - Jim Wolf, Third Base - Marvin Hudson