Six-run seventh propels Cards over MetsSep 21, 2011 - 5:47 AM
Theriot doubled in a pair and Chambers hit a bases-loaded triple for St. Louis, which has won six of seven to stay in the NL wild card hunt. The front- running Braves also won on Tuesday, keeping St. Louis 2 1/2 games behind.
"I'm just happy I was able to come up here and help out," said Chambers. "I bet any of these guys in here would love to be in that situation, to get the big hit and get the win."
Albert Pujols went 4-for-5 with two runs scored and another driven in, while Lance Berkman added two hits and two RBI to offset Edwin Jackson's rough start.
Angel Pagan had three hits and an RBI to lead New York, which did St. Louis a favor over the weekend by taking two of three in Atlanta.
"It's the same thing we've been watching all year," said New York manager Terry Collins. "We battle back and then we give it right back."
The opener of this three-game set was decided by the bullpens after Jackson and Mike Pelfrey each gave up five runs. Jackson only last five frames and yielded nine hits and four walks, while Pelfrey lasted six despite allowing 10 hits.
With the score tied, 5-5, in the top of the seventh, Kyle McClellan put the first two hitters on, retired the next two, then walked Jose Reyes and Pagan in succession to force in the go-ahead run.
Octavio Dotel (2-2) struck out David Wright to leave the bases loaded, and the Cardinals put together a two-out rally off Josh Stinson (0-2) in the home half to jump in front.
Pujols and Berkman each singled before David Freese walked to load the bases. Tim Byrdak relieved Stinson, and Theriot greeted him with a gapper to left for a 7-6 lead.
Chambers, in his fourth career at-bat, stepped up against D.J. Carrasco following an intentional walk to Yadier Molina and laced a line drive into the right-field corner to clear the bags.
Nick Punto added an RBI single to cap the six-run frame, and the Cardinals held on from there.
Lucas Duda doubled in Reyes in the first inning, and the Mets tacked on three more in the third. Reyes started the inning with a walk and moved to third when Jackson threw away Pagan's bunt back to the mound.
A pair of groundouts from Wright and Willie Harris each brought in a run, and Josh Thole singled in another later in the frame.
Jackson shook off the rough inning by helping himself in the bottom half with a leadoff single. The starter then raced around from first on a double into the left-field corner by Rafael Furcal, who later scored on a Pujols groundout. David Freese's RBI double two batters later cut the deficit to 4-3.
Pelfrey knocked in a run in the fifth, but gave up a game-tying, two-run single up the middle to Berkman in the bottom half.
Pujols has seven multi-hit games in September, raising his batting average from .286 to .304. He needs to knock in three more runs to reach the 100-RBI mark for the 11th time in his 11-year career..The Mets went 3-for-13 with runners in scoring position and stranded 13.
- NEW YORK: 6
ST. LOUIS: 11
Sep 20 11:38 PM
- Nick Punto singled to right scored Adron Chambers. Runner on first with two outs and Rafael Furcal due up.
Mets 6, Cardinals 11 Bot 7, 2 OutsSep 20 11:10 PM
- Pinch-Hitter Adron Chambers tripled to right scored David Freese, Ryan Theriot and Yadier Molina. Runner on third with two outs and Nick Punto due up.
Mets 6, Cardinals 10 Bot 7, 2 OutsSep 20 11:09 PM
- Pinch-Hitter Ryan Theriot ground-rule doubled to left center scored Albert Pujols and Lance Berkman. On the play, David Freese advances to third. Runners on second and third with two outs and Yadier Molina due up.
Mets 6, Cardinals 7 Bot 7, 2 OutsSep 20 11:02 PM
- Angel Pagan walked. Nick Evans scored on the play. Bases loaded with two outs and David Wright due up.
Mets 6, Cardinals 5 Top 7, 2 OutsSep 20 10:37 PM
- Lance Berkman singled to center scored Allen Craig and Albert Pujols. Runner on first with none out and David Freese due up.
Mets 5, Cardinals 5 Bot 5, 0 OutsSep 20 10:02 PM
- Jose Reyes grounded out short to first to end the inning.
Mets 5, Cardinals 3 Mid 5Sep 20 9:54 PM
- David Freese doubled to right scored Allen Craig. Runner on second with two outs and Jon Jay due up.
Mets 4, Cardinals 3 Bot 3, 2 OutsSep 20 9:18 PM
- Albert Pujols grounded out third to first scored Rafael Furcal. On the play, Allen Craig advances to second. Runner on second with one out and Lance Berkman due up.
Mets 4, Cardinals 2 Bot 3, 1 OutSep 20 9:16 PM
- Rafael Furcal doubled to left scored Edwin Jackson. Runner on second with none out and Allen Craig due up.
Mets 4, Cardinals 1 Bot 3, 0 OutsSep 20 9:09 PM
- Josh Thole singled to right scored Willie Harris. On the play, Nick Evans advances to second. Runners on first and second with two outs and Ruben Tejada due up.
Mets 4, Cardinals 0 Top 3, 2 OutsSep 20 9:01 PM
- Willie Harris grounded into a fielder's choice, second to short scored Angel Pagan. Lucas Duda out at second. Runner on first with two outs and Nick Evans due up.
Mets 3, Cardinals 0 Top 3, 2 OutsSep 20 8:59 PM
- David Wright grounded out short to first scored Jose Reyes. Runner on second with one out and Lucas Duda due up.
Mets 2, Cardinals 0 Top 3, 1 OutSep 20 8:54 PM
- Nick Evans lined out to left to end the inning.
Mets 1, Cardinals 0 Mid 1Sep 20 8:24 PM
- NEW YORK: 0
ST. LOUIS: 0
Top 1, 0 Outs
Sep 20 8:15 PM
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