Cardinals 10, Mets 9
Isringhausen threw three wild pitches that helped the New York Mets score five runs in the bottom of the ninth inning before the Cardinals held on for a 10-9 victory Saturday.
“That was the weirdest inning I’ve ever been a part of,” Isringhausen said.
Down 10-4, Vance Wilson started the Mets ninth by striking out but reaching on Isringhausen’s wild pitch. A passed ball and an error by Pujols kept the inning going.
“We made it more interesting than a lot of people would have liked,” Isringhausen said.
Esteban Yan then took over and allowed a single to Jose Reyes that put runners on first and third. But Yan retired Wilson on a liner to left field— Miguel Cairo struggled to make the catch—for his first save.
“It’s frustrating because you try to have a good at-bat and that was a good at-bat,” Wilson said.
Said Mets manager Art Howe: “Vance hit the ball too hard.”
“Sometimes you can do that. It stayed up,” Howe said.
New York dropped its their third in a row despite getting a season-high 17 hits. Mike Matheny drove in four runs for St. Louis, which won with 10 hits.
“That’s as close as you can come and still come away a winner,” Cardinals manager Tony La Russa said.
Hart and J.D. Drew hit consecutive home runs with two outs in a five-run fourth inning that made it 7-1.
“I hadn’t hit a grand slam since Little League until earlier this year at Memphis. A little bigger deal this time,” Hart said.
Pujols launched a 440-foot solo shot in the first inning. He extended his hitting streak to 17 games, matching his career high.
Brett Tomko (7-7) went 5 2-3 innings for the win, allowing three runs and nine hits.
Jae Seo (5-8) lost his sixth straight decision. The Mets have not won in his last eight starts.
Seo allowed seven runs and seven hits in just four innings.
The Cardinals led 2-1 when they loaded the bases in the fourth on walks to Tino Martinez and Mike Matheny wrapped around Cairo’s double.
Hart lined an 0-2 pitch into the left-center field bleachers for his second major league homer. Hart had struck out in his first two at-bats against Seo.
Drew followed with his 12th home run. It was the second game in a row that the Cardinals hit the Mets with a big inning, having scored six runs in the eighth inning Friday night in an 8-2 victory.
Matheny had an RBI grounder in the second and added a three-run double in the seventh off Edwin Almonte.
Tony Clark hit his 11th homer, a two-run shot in the sixth for the Mets.
When Hart and Drew homered in the fourth, it was the seventh time this season the Cardinals had hit back-to-back homers. … The Mets recalled RHP Grant Roberts from his rehabilitation assignment but he remains on the 60-day disabled list. … Ty Wigginton doubled in the Mets eighth. He has 24 doubles,tops among NL rookies.