Rapid Reaction: Cardinals 6, Mets 5

September, 21, 2011
9/21/11
10:39
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WHAT IT MEANS: Pedro Beato had gone unused since last Thursday because Terry Collins said the rookie was suffering from “dead arm.”

Beato’s first action back on the mound went poorly for the Mets … and the Atlanta Braves.

Beato, trying to protect a one-run lead with two out and a pair of inherited runners on base, surrendered a three-run homer to David Freese and the Mets ultimately lost to St. Louis, 6-5.

Miguel Batista and Daniel Herrera were responsible for the runners on base.

The Mets lost their 82nd game, clinching a third straight losing season. St. Louis pulled within 1 games of the wild-card-leading Braves, who lost in Miami.

Willie Harris had a solo homer in the ninth to pull the Mets within a run. It was Harris' first homer since April 3, during the season-opening series at Florida.

ALMOST: In his third major league start, Chris Schwinden departed in position for his first win.

Schwinden exited with a 4-3 lead after tossing six innings. He allowed six hits, two walks (one intentional) and hit a batter while striking out five in a 92-pitch effort.

The Mets scored four unearned runs in the third inning to overcome an early 3-0 deficit.

Angel Pagan’s two-out grounder went through Cardinals shortstop Rafael Furcal’s legs as Schwinden and Jose Reyes scored. Josh Satin, pinch-hitting for Lucas Duda, then delivered a two-run double to left-center against Jaime Garcia.

Schwinden, a 1-for-21 hitter in his minor league career, had notched his first major league hit earlier in the inning.

Duda became dizzy after hitting the right-field wall attempting to catch Freese’s two-run triple in the first inning.

Satin notched his first two career major league RBIs.

REYES TRACKER: Jose Reyes went 1-for-4 and is now tied for the National League batting lead with Milwaukee’s Ryan Braun at .330. Braun went 0-for-4 against the Chicago Cubs.

WHAT’S NEXT: The Mets complete their 2011 road schedule as Chris Capuano (11-12, 4.47 ERA) opposes Cardinals right-hander Jake Westbrook (12-8, 4.61) in Thursday’s 1:45 p.m. ET series finale. St. Louis will be bidding for its fourth home sweep of the Mets since 2003.
Adam Rubin has covered the Mets since 2003. He's a graduate of Mepham High School on Long Island and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He joined ESPNNewYork after spending 10 years at the New York Daily News.
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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Bartolo Colon
WINS ERA SO IP
14 4.02 143 190
OTHER LEADERS
BAD. Murphy .295
HRL. Duda 28
RBIL. Duda 86
RD. Murphy 76
OPSL. Duda .832
ERAZ. Wheeler 3.49
SOZ. Wheeler 180