Cardinals 1, Mets 0
When reliever Ricky Bottalico made a mistake, Rolen jumped on it.
The Cardinals’ slugger hit an RBI double with two outs in the eighth inning, sending St. Louis to a 1-0 victory Wednesday night.
“I wasn’t looking for anything really—just looking for a strike,” Rolen said. “I think he threw a slider and left it up more than he wanted.”
St. Louis’ Mike Matheny set a major league record for consecutive chances by a catcher without an error (1,295), according to the Elias Sports Bureau, when Kaz Matsui struck out in the sixth. Florida’s Charles Johnson set the previous mark with 1,294 in 1997.
“We had some great defensive plays out there and we were able to get the run and the bullpen came in and shut them down,” Suppan said.
Edgar Renteria reached on a fielder’s choice, then stole second with two outs on the first pitch to Rolen.
“It’s the little execution things that help you win ballgames,” Rolen said. “I saw him go and I let him go to second. That put us in position to score a run.”
Rolen followed with a shot into the left-center gap off Bottalico.
“The pitch just stayed up, he stayed with it and hit it,” Bottalico said. “I don’t know if there’s any more to say.”
Eldred (1-0) pitched two hitless innings and Kline worked a perfect ninth for his first save—one night after closer Jason Isringhausen blew a save in a 5-4 loss.
“It was a well-played ballgame,” Trachsel said. “With Jeff Suppan out there, you’d like to be able to get a few runs up there. But if you look at their lineup, they were probably saying the same.”
New York (19-21) failed to reach .500 for the first time since April 16, when it was 5-5.
“We know tomorrow’s a big game,” New York’s Ty Wigginton said. “We want to win the series. We go out there and win two out of three and keep winning series, we’ll be OK.”
Trachsel allowed five hits in seven scoreless innings, struck out four and walked one. Suppan was just as solid, allowing four hits in six shutout innings, striking out three and walking one.
“Suppan made a lot of good pitches—give him a lot of credit,” Cardinals manager Tony La Russa said. “And so did Trachsel.”
The Cardinals had a chance to score in the first against Trachsel, but the right-hander got out of trouble. Womack, who was 3-for-4, and Renteria hit consecutive singles to start the game.
Trachsel stopped another potential scoring threat in the sixth. Pujols drew a two-out walk and Rolen singled, but Trachsel struck out Edmonds looking to end the inning.
“Trachs gave us seven zeros—that’s all you can do,” Mets manager Art Howe said.
The Mets had one real scoring opportunity when they put runners on first and second with one out in the second, but Suppan got Wigginton to ground into a double play.
“We had a few opportunities early in the game, but Suppan made some qualitypitches when he had to,” Howe said.
Mets 3B Todd Zeile left after the seventh inning when he was cut on the right ear by Womack’s spikes while trying to break up a double play. Zeile, who needed eight stitches, was replaced by Wigginton. … Wigginton got his first start this season at second base. It was his 13th appearance at the position, and first since starting there on Sept. 28, 2002, against Atlanta. … Mets CF Mike Cameron is day to day with a sprained ligament in his right pinkie. He was injured while sliding into home recently. He pinch-ran for Mike Piazza in theseventh.