NEW YORK (AP) -- Craig Paquette wanted to hit a fly ball and he
"I just wanted to get something in the air deep enough for
Kerry to use his speed," Paquette said.
The throw to the plate was cut off and Robinson scored easily.
"I left the pitch up too much. He did what he was supposed to
do (but) when he hit the ball, I thought we had a play," said Rick White (3-3), the fifth Mets pitcher.
White hit Robinson on the left knee with an 0-1 pitch to start
the Cardinals 10th.
"They say you take one for the team," Robinson said. "But I
would really rather not have taken that one. My knee is stlll
New York had a 5-0 lead after two innings but Mets starter Kevin Appier couldn't hold it.
"The first three runs, they kind of knicked him up, a bunt, a
bloop and a grounder," Mets manager Bobby Valentine said. "The
next three, they hit him."
St. Louis went in front 6-5 with three runs in the sixth but
Mike Piazza, who had four RBIs, doubled in a run in the seventh to
tie it at 6.
Jim Edmonds hit a two-run homer -- his 16th -- and Edgar Renteria
added a solo shot, his ninth, off Appier as the Cardinals went
ahead in the sixth.
New York made it 5-0 in the second when Joe McEwing singled,
stole second and scored on Matt Lawton's RBI single.
Edmonds RBI single gave the Cardinals a run in the fourth
inning, and St. Louis cut the lead to 5-3 in the fifth when
Fernando Vina drove in a run with a sacrifice fly and Placido
Polanco singled home another.
Polanco extended his hitting streak to 19 games, the longest for
the Cardinals since McEwing -- then a Cardinal -- had a 25-game
streak in 1999.
Williams, who had won three straight starts, lasted only four
innings, giving up five runs and seven hits with two walks and two
Appier worked six innings, allowing six runs and 10 hits. He
walked one and struck out six.
Pujols extended his hitting streak to 11 games with a
leadoff double in the sixth. ... Williams four innings was his
shortest outing in 25 starts this season, all but two of them with
San Diego. ... The Mets became last team in majors to reach 100
home runs for the season with Piazza's homer in the first inning.
... The Mets had won six straight at home.