St. Louis (20-19) at New York (19-20)

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  • Game info: 7:10 pm EDT Wed May 19, 2004
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Cliff Floyd’s return to the starting lineup has been a big boost to the New York Mets.

Floyd looks to continue his strong play as the resurgent Mets host the St. Louis Cardinals in the middle game of their series at Shea Stadium.

Floyd drove in three runs, including a game-winning RBI single in the ninth to lead the Mets to a come-from-behind 5-4 win over the Cardinals on Tuesday night.

Since returning from the disabled list last Thursday, Floyd is hitting .304 (7-for-23) with two homers and eight RBIs.

“The most important thing is that (Cliff) provides a presence, a big presence,” said New York center fielder Mike Cameron. “He answers the bell every time he gets up and that’s big. He’s been swinging the bat well.”

The Mets, winners of five of their last six games, are within one game of the .500 mark, a place they haven’t been since April 16.

“That (.500) is our first goal,” Mets skipper Art Howe said. “It seems like it would be our first time since the second or third day of the season. We’ve been playing so well, we were concerned what the off day (Monday) would do to our momentum.”

St. Louis has lost three of five, blowing a 4-0 lead in Tuesday’s defeat.

Cardinals manager Tony La Russa says New York is playing very good baseball right now, noting that their last five wins have come against tough pitching; Arizona’s Randy Johnson, Brandon Webb, as well as Houston’s Roy Oswalt and a 13-inning win Sunday, a game which Roger Clemens started.

“I think we’re catching them at the wrong time,” La Russa said. “They’re going to be tough.”

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16-9 Record 12-13
4.16 ERA 4.00
110 K 117
65 BB 83
1.37 WHIP 1.41