Series: Game 1 of 3

NY Mets leads 1-0 (as of 5/18)

Game 1: Tuesday, May 18
St. Louis4Final
NY Mets5
Game 2: Wednesday, May 19
St. Louis1Final
NY Mets0
Game 3: Thursday, May 20
St. Louis11Final
NY Mets4

Cardinals 4

(20-19, 10-6 away)

Mets 5

(19-20, 9-8 home)

    7:10 PM ET, May 18, 2004

    Shea Stadium, Flushing, New York 

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    STL 210010000 4 9 1
    NYM 010002002 5 10 1

    W: R. Bottalico (1-0)

    L: J. Isringhausen (2-1)

    Matsui ties it, Floyd wins it

    NEW YORK (AP) -- The breaks went to the New York Mets this time. They got the broken-bat, two-out hit by Kaz Matsui that tied the score in the ninth inning and the game-winner by Cliff Floyd a moment later.

    The way Tom Glavine saw it, they were due for the turnaround.

    "We've given up so many of those," Glavine said. "You hope it all evens out."

    For one night, it did. The Mets rallied for two runs with two outs in the bottom of the ninth to defeat the St. Louis Cardinals 5-4.

    The Mets were cornered, trailing by a run against Cardinals closer Jason Isringhausen. But Mike Cameron worked out a leadoff walk and New York had a life.

    Isringhausen thought that was the turning point.,

    "I beat myself by giving up the leadoff walk," he said. "You can't put the leadoff guy on."

    After the Mets bunted Cameron over, pinch-hitter Karim Garcia also walked. But Isringhausen came back to strike out Eric Valent. Now, one out away, he went to work on Matsui. On the 1-0 pitch, Matsui swung at an inside cutter and broke his bat. The ball carried just beyond the infield, scoring the tying run.

    "I made a good pitch," Isringhausen said. "I shattered his bat. That's part of baseball."

    Now the Mets went for the win with Floyd, whose two-run homer in the sixth had sliced the Cardinals' 4-1 lead to 4-3.

    In a similar situation in the seventh, Floyd had struck out against reliever Steve Kline.

    "I was mad at myself," he said. "I took my pitch and missed his pitch."

    This time, Floyd smacked a foul ball off his right ankle. Just back from the disabled list, he hopped around home plate in anguish.

    "I crushed myself," he said. "It woke me up. It doesn't hurt at all right now."

    That's because Floyd followed with the RBI single that gave the Mets their sixth win this season in their last at-bat. The win put New York (19-20) within one game of .500.

    "That's been the goal," said Glavine, who had trouble getting the third out in a couple of innings, putting the Mets behind early. Scott Rolen delivered a pair of two-out RBI hits as St. Louis built a 4-1 lead.

    The Cardinals nicked Glavine for two runs with two outs in the first inning. Albert Pujols singled and scored on a double by Rolen. Then Jim Edmonds singled, scoring Rolen.

    St. Louis added a run in the third on Mike Matheny's second home run of the season.

    The Mets got that run back in their half of the third when Jason Phillips hit the foul pole in left field for his second homer of the year and second in two games.

    Glavine again retired the first two batters in the fifth before Edgar Renteria, Pujols and Rolen delivered consecutive singles to make it 4-1. Glavine allowed eight hits and struck out six in six innings.

    The Mets closed the gap in the sixth when Matsui opened with a double, and Floyd followed with his third home run of the season against Cardinals starter Matt Morris.

    Mike Piazza and Phillips added a pair of singles sandwiched around Morris' strikeout of Ty Wigginton. Then Cameron hit a ball in the hole that third baseman Rolen dove for and tossed backhanded to force Phillips at second. Morris then retired Joe McEwing to end the inning.

    In the seventh, Cardinals left fielder Ray Lankford dropped a fly ball for a two-base error, finishing Morris. Kline relieved, retiring Matsui on a pop fly and striking out Floyd, leaving the tying run stranded on second base and Floyd furious -- until he got another chance in the ninth.

    Mets reliever Ricky Bottalico (1-0) pitched two scoreless innings to earn his first major league victory since 2001.

    Game notes

    Phillips homered for the second straight at-bat. He snapped a 13th-inning tie Sunday in New York's 3-2 victory at Houston. ... 3B Rolen also made a sparkling backhanded stab to rob Matsui of an extra-base hit in the first inning. ... Piazza, starting at first base, made a two-base error in the sixth inning when Lankford's shot glanced off his glove and into right field. It was his second error at first base. Glavine retired the next two batters.

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