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New York at St. Louis

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N.Y. Mets (73-81)1030101006100
St. Louis (85-69) «00302060x11161

Cardinals top Mets, stay 2 1/2 behind Braves for WC

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ST. LOUIS -- Pinch-hitter Ryan Theriot came through for the Cardinals when they needed a big hit.

His go-ahead double with the bases loaded in the seventh inning gave St. Louis an 11-6 win over the New York Mets 11-6 Tuesday night.

They needed it just to keep pace with Atlanta, which also won Tuesday night.

"The Braves can lose the rest of the games that they got left and if we don't take care of business, they're still going to win the wild card," Albert Pujols said. "All we can do is go nine innings hard and hopefully get a "W," at the end of the day."

The Cardinals' 11th win in 13 games kept them 2½ behind the Braves in the wild card chase.

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The Cardinals scored six times in the seventh to come back from an early 4-0 deficit after the Braves beat Florida 4-0.

Pujols went 4 for 5 to push his batting average to a season-high .304. It was the 36th four-hit game of his career and seventh of the season.

"Theriot was the one that had the big hit of the night," St. Louis first baseman Albert Pujols said. "Coming off the bench with the bases loaded and driving that ball. We took the lead right there."

Theriot hit a pitch from Tim Byrdak into the gap in left-center to bring in Pujols and Lance Berkman, who both singled against Josh Stinson (0-2), for a 7-6 lead.

Pinch-hitter Adron Chambers followed an intentional walk to Yadier Molina with a three-run triple and Nick Punto added an RBI single.

"It was a beautiful sight to behold," manager Tony La Russa said. "Once things start rolling, sometimes it's tough to put a cork on it. Those were some huge at bats from Ryan and Adron."

The triple was Chambers' first extra-base hit in the major leagues.

"It was a great moment for me and I hope there will be many more," Chambers said. "I'm just happy that Tony trusted me in that kind of situation."

Octavio Dotel (4-3) came on and struck out David Wright to end the top of the seventh.

The Mets tied a season high by walking nine times. One of those was by Angel Pagan in the top of the 7th, and gave New York a 5-4 lead.

New York has lost 10 of its last 13 games and tied a season-low at eight games under. 500.

"It's tough, we've been watching it all year long," New York manager Terry Collins said of the late-game collapse. "We've got to find a way to shut it down."

New York shortstop Jose Reyes had one hit in four at-bats. He is hitting .330 in an attempt to become the first Mets hitter to win a batting title. Milwaukee's Ryan Braun, who went 1 for 5 on Tuesday, tops the NL at .332.

Berkman had two hits for St. Louis including a two-run single in the fifth that tied the game at 4.

The Mets scored three times in the third inning on a groundout by Wright, a fielder's choice by Willie Harris, and an RBI single by Josh Thole. Lucas Duda hit an RBI double in the first.

Rafael Furcal and David Freese hit RBI doubles in the bottom half around a groundout by Pujols that scored a run, to cut the Mets' lead to 4-3.

New York starter Mike Pelfrey gave up 10 hits and five earned runs in six innings.

"The one thing that was a constant in all the hits that I gave up was the ball was up," Pelfrey said "That's one thing I can't do."

Notes

  • St. Louis INF Skip Schumaker is in an 0 for 15 slump.
  • Duda is hitting .322 (66-205) since the All-Star break.
  • St. Louis has won six of its last seven series.
  • Cardinals OF Matt Holliday missed the last six games with an inflamed tendon on the middle finger of his right hand. He is hoping to play this weekend against Chicago.
 
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With the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh, Ryan Theriot hammers a go-ahead double. (Getty Images)
With the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh, Ryan Theriot hammers a go-ahead double. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
New York

A. Pagan
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
St. Louis

A. Pujols
AB 5
R 2
H 4
HR 0
RBI 1
 
New York Mets
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jose Reyes, SS4210202 .331
Angel Pagan, CF4131100 .265
David Wright, 3B4001125 .260
Lucas Duda, RF3011222 .292
Willie Harris, LF4211013 .248
   a- Val Pascucci, PH1000000 .200
    Dale Thayer, P0000000 .000
Nick Evans, 1B3110203 .270
Josh Thole, C5021001 .266
Ruben Tejada, 2B3000102 .277
Mike Pelfrey, P3011010 .109
   b- Justin Turner, PH1000002 .265
    Josh Stinson, P0000000 .000
    Tim Byrdak, P0000000 .000
    D.J. Carrasco, P0000000 .000
    Mike Baxter, LF1000000 .238
Totals36610696  
a-grounded out for Harris in the 8th
b-lined out for Pelfrey in the 7th
Batting
2B - Lucas Duda (21, Jackson), Mike Pelfrey (2, Jackson)
SH - Ruben Tejada (3)
RBI - Angel Pagan (56), David Wright (58), Lucas Duda (50), Willie Harris (20), Josh Thole (37), Mike Pelfrey (4)
2-OUT RBI - Angel Pagan (24), Josh Thole (13), Mike Pelfrey (4)
Team LOB - 13
Fielding
DP - Reyes-Tejada-Evans
New York Mets
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Mike Pelfrey 61055020 4.58
Josh Stinson (H,4; L,0-2) 0.2233100 6.52
Tim Byrdak (BS,3)0122100 3.38
D.J. Carrasco 0.1211000 5.40
Dale Thayer 1100000 4.26
IBB - Molina by Tim Byrdak
Pitches-Strikes - Mike Pelfrey 100-60, Josh Stinson 22-13, Tim Byrdak 7-2, D.J. Carrasco 16-13, Dale Thayer 18-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mike Pelfrey 11-4, Josh Stinson 1-1, D.J. Carrasco 1-0, Dale Thayer 1-2
Batters Faced - Mike Pelfrey 27, Josh Stinson 5, Tim Byrdak 2, D.J. Carrasco 3, Dale Thayer 4
St. Louis Cardinals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Rafael Furcal, SS5111002 .232
Allen Craig, LF5220000 .309
    Corey Patterson, LF0000000 .239
Albert Pujols, 1B5241000 .304
Lance Berkman, RF5122003 .300
    Fernando Salas, P0000000 .000
David Freese, 3B3111101 .290
    Marc Rzepczynski, P0000000 .000
   a- Shane Robinson, PH-RF1000001 .000
Jon Jay, CF3000001 .302
    Kyle McClellan, P0000000 .143
    Octavio Dotel, P0000000 .000
   b- Daniel Descalso, PH0000000 .263
   c- Ryan Theriot, PH-2B1112000 .274
Yadier Molina, C3120100 .298
Skip Schumaker, 2B-CF3000002 .284
   d- Tony Cruz, PH0000000 .254
   e- Adron Chambers, PH-CF1113000 .500
Edwin Jackson, P2110011 .276
    Nick Punto, 2B-3B2011010 .261
Totals3911161122  
a-hit into fielder's choice for Rzepczynski in the 8th
b-announced for Dotel in the 7th
c-doubled for Descalso in the 7th
d-announced for Schumaker in the 7th
e-tripled for Cruz in the 7th
Batting
2B - Rafael Furcal (15, Pelfrey), David Freese (13, Pelfrey), Ryan Theriot (25, Byrdak), Yadier Molina (30, Pelfrey)
3B - Adron Chambers (1, Carrasco)
RBI - Rafael Furcal (27), Albert Pujols (97), Lance Berkman 2 (91), David Freese (49), Ryan Theriot 2 (44), Adron Chambers 3 (4), Nick Punto (17)
2-OUT RBI - David Freese (18), Ryan Theriot 2 (25), Adron Chambers 3 (3), Nick Punto (7)
SB - Albert Pujols (8, 2nd base off Pelfrey/Thole), Lance Berkman (2, 2nd base off Stinson/Thole)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
E - Edwin Jackson (3, Throwing)
St. Louis Cardinals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Edwin Jackson 5955440 3.85
Kyle McClellan 1.2111400 4.06
Octavio Dotel (W,4-3) 0.1000010 3.65
Marc Rzepczynski 1000110 3.19
Fernando Salas 1000000 2.26
IBB - Tejada by Edwin Jackson
WP - Edwin Jackson (9)
Pitches-Strikes - Edwin Jackson 91-53, Kyle McClellan 41-19, Octavio Dotel 5-3, Marc Rzepczynski 18-9, Fernando Salas 13-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Edwin Jackson 7-4, Kyle McClellan 4-1, Marc Rzepczynski 2-0, Fernando Salas 1-2
Batters Faced - Edwin Jackson 28, Kyle McClellan 10, Octavio Dotel 1, Marc Rzepczynski 4, Fernando Salas 3
Game Information
Attendance - 37746
Game Time - 3:23
Temperature - 73
Umpires - Home - Andy Fletcher, First Base - Tim Welke, Second Base - Jim Reynolds, Third Base - Mike DiMuro