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,"
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
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
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
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