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Pagan's walk-off shot in 10th caps Mets comeback

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NEW YORK -- Every time he connects at the plate, Carlos Beltran looks more attractive to those playoff contenders interested in trading for him.

What his New York Mets teammates would really like, however, is to make their own run at October with Beltran by their side.

"What's the option, give up? Let us take it down a different path? We want to make it hard for the front office," starting pitcher R.A. Dickey said.

Beltran hit a tying home run and Angel Pagan won it with a 10th-inning drive as New York rallied from an early four-run deficit to beat the sputtering St. Louis Cardinals 6-5 on Wednesday night.

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Beltran, who can become a free agent after the season, is at the center of trade talk all around baseball. The switch-hitting slugger is perhaps the biggest prize available on the market as the July 31 non-waiver deadline approaches.

"Not really thinking about it. I hear what you hear, but I have to prepare myself and help the team any way I can," he said. "I cannot assume anything right now. Nobody's talked to me. Nobody's said anything to me."

Beltran hit a two-run shot and new father Josh Thole had two RBI for the Mets (49-48), including a tying single off Jason Motte with two outs in the eighth.

Albert Pujols was not in the St. Louis starting lineup, rested against Dickey's knuckleball with a scorching day game on deck Thursday. But the Cardinals built a 4-0 lead for Kyle McClellan, who is 0-5 with a 5.48 ERA in his last eight starts.

Matt Holliday had three hits and two RBI for St. Louis. Locked in a tight race near the top of the NL Central, the Cardinals have dropped four of five since the All-Star break.

"You've got to finish out games and we haven't been able to do that very well," Holliday said. "We've got two months left, 2 1/2 months left. So yeah, you've got to start winning games. I mean, you're not going to win the division and accomplish your goals losing. But at the same time, you don't panic and start doubting yourself."

The teams are back at it Thursday at 12:10 p.m., with expected temperatures in the mid-90s accompanied by sweltering humidity.

Pagan connected on the first pitch from Fernando Salas (5-4), hitting a drive off the facing of the second deck in right field for his first career game-ending homer.

"Fastball, right down Broadway," Pagan said.

Right after he connected, Pagan pumped his fist and watched the ball fly as he tossed his bat aside. When he returned to home plate, he was mobbed by teammates in a joyous celebration.

"I can't hit a ball any harder than that," said Pagan, happy that his family was in the crowd. "You want to be a role model for your kids. It's great for them to see something like this."

Jason Isringhausen (2-0), also potential trade bait, worked two scoreless innings for the win -- one night after notching his 294th career save and first this season. Facing his former team, the veteran right-hander struck out Pujols, Holliday and Lance Berkman in succession.

"That was a strange game in some ways," Cardinals manager Tony La Russa said. "At the end of the game we did a lot of chasing, which is not our style."

Pujols entered as a pinch-hitter with a runner on third and two outs in the seventh. He fouled out against reliever Pedro Beato, keeping the score tied at 4, and remained in the game at first base.

Backup catcher Gerald Laird put St. Louis ahead in the eighth with a savvy bunt single.

"I've done that a few times," Laird said. "We had plenty of chances to win the game today, we just didn't get it done."

A throwing error by shortstop Daniel Descalso on a tough play allowed Pagan to reach safely leading off the bottom of the inning. He scored from third when Thole lined Motte's second pitch to left.

With two outs in the fifth and the Mets down 4-2, Beltran worked an eight-pitch at-bat against McClellan and sent a two-run shot soaring deep into the second deck in right field for his 15th homer.

Five innings later, the Mets completed the comeback.

"He's a human being," manager Terry Collins said about Beltran. "He's dealt with it before. In his heart, he wants to be here. It's where he wants to play."

Notes

  • A fan ran into the outfield in the top of the sixth and eluded several security guards for a while before he was tackled -- not far from Beltran. The fan was detained and led away through a gate in the right-field fence.
  • It was the first time Pujols didn't start since he came off the DL on July 5.
  • All-Star C Yadier Molina also was rested. La Russa said he might give Berkman a breather Thursday.
  • Mets LF Jason Bay left with a tight right hamstring, brought on by him favoring a sore hip of late. He was replaced by Willie Harris in the fourth and his status for Thursday was uncertain.
  • New York activated Thole from the paternity leave list and optioned INF Ruben Tejada to Triple-A Buffalo. Thole and his wife Kathryn, welcomed their first child Tuesday night and named the boy Camden.
  • Mets 3B David Wright (lower back) played his sixth rehab game for Class-A St. Lucie. He went 2 for 2 with two singles and two walks as the DH against Clearwater. Wright is expected to return to the lineup this weekend in Florida.
 
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Angel Pagan reacts after slamming a walk-off home run to right field, lifting the Mets to a 6-5 victory. (Getty Images)
Angel Pagan reacts after slamming a walk-off home run to right field, lifting the Mets to a 6-5 victory. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
New York

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

M. Holliday
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 0
RBI 2
 
St. Louis Cardinals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Skip Schumaker, 2B2220000 .269
   a- Tony Cruz, PH1000001 .313
    Lance Lynn, P0000000 .000
    Jason Motte, P0000000 .000
   b- Ryan Theriot, PH1000000 .278
    Fernando Salas, P0000000 .000
Jon Jay, RF2001001 .308
   c- Albert Pujols, PH-1B2000011 .273
Matt Holliday, LF4232010 .323
Lance Berkman, 1B-RF4011111 .286
David Freese, 3B4000113 .309
Colby Rasmus, CF4010111 .241
Gerald Laird, C5021012 .235
Daniel Descalso, SS4010023 .261
Kyle McClellan, P2110000 .161
   d- Nick Punto, PH-2B1000000 .272
Totals36511538  
a-grounded out for Schumaker in the 7th
b-grounded out for Motte in the 9th
c-fouled out for Jay in the 7th
d-hit a sacrifice bunt for McClellan in the 7th
Batting
2B - Skip Schumaker (12, Dickey), Matt Holliday (20, Dickey)
SF - Matt Holliday (1)
SH - Jon Jay (5), Nick Punto (4)
RBI - Jon Jay (24), Matt Holliday 2 (51), Lance Berkman (66), Gerald Laird (5)
2-OUT RBI - Gerald Laird (1)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Punto-Descalso-Pujols
E - Daniel Descalso (6, Throwing)
St. Louis Cardinals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Kyle McClellan 6644221 4.34
Lance Lynn 1.2010200 3.60
Jason Motte (BS,3) 0.1100000 2.41
Fernando Salas (L,5-4) 1.1211001 2.68
IBB - Beltran by Lance Lynn
Pitches-Strikes - Kyle McClellan 96-54, Lance Lynn 32-15, Jason Motte 9-7, Fernando Salas 15-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kyle McClellan 9-7, Lance Lynn 5-1, Fernando Salas 1-2
Batters Faced - Kyle McClellan 26, Lance Lynn 8, Jason Motte 2, Fernando Salas 5
New York Mets
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jose Reyes, SS5100003 .350
Justin Turner, 2B5010013 .268
Carlos Beltran, RF4112102 .293
Daniel Murphy, 3B5010002 .308
Angel Pagan, CF5211001 .239
Jason Bay, LF1000000 .232
    Willie Harris, LF3000011 .259
Lucas Duda, 1B2110201 .255
Josh Thole, C4122003 .257
R.A. Dickey, P2021000 .188
    Tim Byrdak, P0000000 .000
    Pedro Beato, P0000000 .000
   a- Jason Pridie, PH0000100 .224
    Bobby Parnell, P0000000 .000
   b- Scott Hairston, PH1000001 .261
    Jason Isringhausen, P0000000 .000
Totals3769642  
a-walked for Beato in the 7th
b-lined out for Parnell in the 8th
Batting
2B - Daniel Murphy (23, McClellan), Josh Thole (11, McClellan)
HR - Carlos Beltran (15, McClellan), Angel Pagan (4, Salas)
RBI - Carlos Beltran 2 (61), Angel Pagan (32), Josh Thole 2 (23), R.A. Dickey (1)
2-OUT RBI - Carlos Beltran 2 (27), Josh Thole (8)
SB - Jason Pridie (5, 2nd base off Lynn/Laird)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Dickey-Reyes-Duda, Dickey-Reyes-Duda
E - Angel Pagan (6, Misplayed grounder)
New York Mets
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
R.A. Dickey 6.1844140 3.80
Tim Byrdak 0.1000000 3.65
Pedro Beato 0.1000000 3.27
Bobby Parnell 1211110 2.93
Jason Isringhausen (W,2-0) 2100130 2.76
IBB - Rasmus by Bobby Parnell
HBP - Schumaker (by R.A. Dickey)
WP - R.A. Dickey (5), Bobby Parnell (4)
Pitches-Strikes - R.A. Dickey 93-65, Tim Byrdak 1-1, Pedro Beato 3-3, Bobby Parnell 18-9, Jason Isringhausen 34-23
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R.A. Dickey 9-4, Tim Byrdak 1-0, Bobby Parnell 1-1, Jason Isringhausen 3-0
Batters Faced - R.A. Dickey 27, Tim Byrdak 1, Pedro Beato 1, Bobby Parnell 6, Jason Isringhausen 8
Game Information
Attendance - 30770
Game Time - 3:14
Temperature - 78
Umpires - Home - Todd Tichenor, First Base - Gerry Davis, Second Base - Angel Hernandez, Third Base - Greg Gibson