NEW YORK (AP) -- Switch-hitter Tony Clark homered from both sides
of the plate and drove in five runs to help Jeremy Griffiths earn
his first major league victory as the New York Mets beat the St.
Louis Cardinals 13-5 Sunday.
The Mets set a season high for runs and hits in ending a
three-game losing streak. Clark, Jason Phillips and Cliff Floyd
each had three of New York's 19 hits.Albert Pujols doubled in the eighth for the Cardinals, extending
his hitting streak to a career-high 18 games. Bo Hart led off the
game with his second homer in two days.Griffiths (1-1), called up from Triple-A Saturday to pitch in
place of injured Tom Glavine, gave up one earned run and six hits
in seven innings.Glavine is slowed by a strained lower right ribcage muscle. He
has received a cortisone shot and is expected to be re-evaluated
Tuesday.Garrett Stephenson (5-11) allowed four runs on 10 hits in six
innings.Phillips drove in three runs. His RBI grounder in the fifth put
the Mets ahead for good at 3-2.Rookie Jose Reyes showed superb baserunning form to score the
tiebreaking run. He led off the fifth with a single, stole second,
moved to third on a fly ball and scored on Phillips' groundball.Clark homered for the second straight day, connecting for a solo
shot in the sixth. He added a two-run double in a four-run seventh.Clark hit a two-run homer, his 13th, that capped a five-run
eighth. Phillips had an RBI double during the burst.With the Mets leading 8-2, the Cardinals scored three runs in
the eighth off reliever David Weathers on Kerry Robinson's RBI
groundout and a two-run, pinch-hit single by Eduardo Perez.Floyd and Timo Perez singled in first-inning runs to put the
Mets ahead 2-1.
Griffiths spent most of June with the Mets and made his
first major league start against the Yankees on June 28 before
being optioned back to Norfolk. ... Stephenson made his fifth
career start against New York and is now 2-2. ... Stephenson lost
his first career decision in August (9-1). ... Pujols was hit in
the leg by Miguel Cairo's foul liner in the ninth. Pujols stayed in
the game and Cairo popped up to end the game.