1:45 PM ET, September 22, 2011
Busch Stadium, St. Louis, Missouri
ST. LOUIS -- Tony La Russa was defiant. It was just one loss, nothing more.The St. Louis Cardinals manager insisted his playoff-hopeful team wouldn't be crushed after blowing a four-run cushion in the ninth inning and watching the New York Mets rally for an 8-6 win Thursday."Don't make a mistake and say we're heartbroken," La Russa barked. "Our heart's beating. We won the series, get ready for tomorrow."
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Cardinals RHP Chris Carpenter (10-9, 3.66) opposes the Cubs' Ryan Dempster (10-13, 4.63) in the opener of a three-game series to end the home schedule on Friday night. ... Atlanta starts a series Friday night at Washington. ... The one-year deal that Mets LHP Tim Byrdak signed earlier in the week is for $1 million. ... Mets reliever Jason Isringhausen, the Cardinals' closer for much of his career, was honored for his 300th save in a pregame ceremony. ... Pujols is batting .374 (55 for 147) during his streak.
Regular Season Series
|1st||A Craig homered to left (430 feet), R Furcal scored.||0||2|
|5th||R Tejada walked, J Thole scored, M Baxter to third, J Reyes to second.||1||2|
|5th||A Pujols homered to left (391 feet).||1||3|
|5th||Y Molina singled to left, L Berkman scored, D Freese to third, Y Molina to second advancing on throw.||1||4|
|7th||Y Molina doubled to deep right center, D Descalso scored.||1||5|
|7th||T Greene singled to left, Y Molina scored.||1||6|
|8th||R Tejada scored on Y Molina's passed ball.||2||6|
|9th||J Turner walked, W Harris scored, N Evans to third, J Pridie to second.||3||6|
|9th||J Reyes singled to center, N Evans scored, J Pridie to third, J Turner to second.||4||6|
|9th||R Tejada doubled to deep left, J Pridie and J Turner scored, J Reyes to third.||6||6|
|9th||W Harris singled to right, J Reyes and R Tejada scored, A Pagan to third, W Harris to second on throwing error by right fielder S Schumaker.||8||6|
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|Stadium||Busch Stadium, St. Louis, MO|
|Attendance||35,992 (81.8% full) - % is based on regular season capacity|
|Weather||58 degrees, overcast|
|Umpires||Home Plate - Jim Reynolds, First Base - Andy Fletcher, Second Base - Tim Welke, Third Base - Al Porter|
From Elias: The Mets won in St. Louis, despite trailing 6-2 in the 9th inning. It was the 3rd time in team history that they came back from 4 or more runs down in the 9th inning or later to win a road game, the 1st time since July 17, 1973, when they came back from 7-1 down to win 8-7 in Atlanta. The last time the Mets rallied back to win a game they trailed by at least 4 runs in the 9th inning was May 17, 2007 vs Cubs (scored 5 runs in bot9 to win 6-5). The last time the Cardinals allowed a 9th-inning comeback of at least 4 runs was July 6, 2010 at Rockies (blew 9-3 lead in bot9 to lose 12-9).
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