Cards score in 10th to nip Mets

NEW YORK (AP) -- Craig Paquette wanted to hit a fly ball and he

Paquette's sacrifice fly scored Kerry Robinson in the 10th
inning as the St. Louis Cardinals overcame a five-run deficit to
defeat the New York Mets 7-6 Friday night.

"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.

In the 10th, Albert Pujols moved Robinson to third with a
hit-and-run single and, after White struck out Jim Edmonds,
Paquette hit a high fly to center.

Dave Veres (2-2), the fourth of five Cardinals pitchers, worked
two innings of one-hit relief for the win and Steve Kline pitched
the 10th for his seventh save.

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.

Piazza's RBI double off reliever Luther Hackman in the seventh
inning drove in Matt Lawton, who had been hit by a pitch.

The Mets built a 4-0 lead before Cardinals starter Woody Williams retired a batter in the first. Edgardo Alfonzo hit a
run-scoring single and Piazza hit his 27th homer, a three-run shot.

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.

Game notes
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.