NEW YORK — — After greater than 4 1/2 hours of back-and-forth baseball, the St. Louis Cardinals lastly management their playoff destiny once more.
Edmundo Sosa hit the go-ahead single in a three-run eleventh inning and the hard-charging Cardinals climbed all the best way again into postseason place Tuesday night time with a 7-6 victory over the New York Mets.
“We’re searching the windshield, not the rearview mirror,” supervisor Mike Shildt mentioned. “We nonetheless have to exit and deal with enterprise each night time.”
New York scored twice within the backside of the eleventh and had two runners aboard when Kwang Hyun Kim retired pinch-hitter Albert Almora Jr. on a grounder for his second profession save — eventually closing out a mentally grueling sport that took 4 hours, 34 minutes.
“That was a whale of a baseball sport,” Shildt mentioned. “We simply stayed with it.”
Pinch-hitter Andrew Knizner delivered a two-run single within the high half to provide the Cardinals wanted respiratory room as they shook off Javier Báez’s tying homer within the ninth.
Tyler O’Neill homered and drove in three runs for the streaking Cardinals. They’ve gained 4 straight and 6 of seven to vault into the second NL wild-card slot by a half-game over Cincinnati, which misplaced 6-5 in Pittsburgh.
“Everyone was used that was obtainable,” Shildt mentioned. “Whenever you get in a sport like tonight, it simply turns into guts.”
It’s the primary time the Cardinals (75-69) have held a postseason spot since they clung to a slim lead within the NL Central on Could 30. They fell a season-worst 4 video games below .500 on June 27.
“It says loads about this group,” Sosa mentioned.
Demoted nearer Alex Reyes (8-8) obtained Francisco Lindor to floor into an inning-ending double play with runners on the corners within the tenth, firing up the Cardinals. First baseman Paul Goldschmidt stepped on the bag and threw dwelling, trapping Kevin Pillar in a rundown.
“Excessive baseball IQ play,” Shildt mentioned. “It was a game-saver.”
“The gamers are actually honest about being good in all areas,” he added. “It was on show tonight.”
Then the Cardinals obtained three singles within the eleventh off rookie Jake Reed (0-1), simply activated from the injured listing.
Each groups used eight pitchers. O’Neill put St. Louis forward 4-3 with a two-run homer within the eighth towards reliever Jeurys Familia, who was booed off the mound.
Báez tied it with a leadoff drive within the ninth, sending the primary pitch from Giovanny Gallegos to left area past a leaping O’Neill and over the orange dwelling run line on the blue wall.
It was the primary time Báez tied an enormous league sport with a homer within the ninth inning or later. He got here out of the dugout for a curtain name because the Citi Subject crowd of 21,825 chanted his title.
Simply weeks in the past, Báez was scorned by Mets rooters and the entrance workplace for a thumbs-down gesture that was a dig at booing followers.
The free-swinging Báez additionally walked thrice for the second time in his profession and had a bunt single within the first inning that gave New York a 2-0 lead.
“We didn’t come by in conditions to attain extra runs,” supervisor Luis Rojas mentioned.
O’Neill hit an RBI single and scored within the fourth because the Cardinals erased a two-run deficit towards starter Marcus Stroman.
Michael Conforto drove in two runs for the Mets, who’ve dropped the primary two video games of this pivotal sequence — damaging their dwindling postseason possibilities.
“We’ve obtained to compete. That’s the one factor we will do proper now,” Báez mentioned.
Mets: Second-string catcher Tomás Nido (sprained left thumb) and Reed (proper forearm irritation) have been reinstated from the 10-day injured listing. Nido batted eighth and went 0 for 3. Reserve catcher Patrick Mazeika and reliever Yennsy Díaz have been optioned to Triple-A Syracuse. … Rojas mentioned there’s an opportunity OF Brandon Nimmo (strained proper hamstring) might return this weekend towards Philadelphia. … RHP Noah Syndergaard is predicted to face hitters within the subsequent few days. Syndergaard has been slowed in his restoration from March 2020 Tommy John surgical procedure by a sore elbow and a constructive COVID-19 check.
BLACK AND BLUE
With a welt close to his ear and a shiner below one eye, umpire Junior Valentine labored the plate proper on schedule. Valentine remained within the sport Monday night time at first base after getting drilled on the precise facet of his face by a wild throw from Sosa at shortstop that drew blood within the second inning.
Cardinals: Jon Lester (5-6, 4.75 ERA) pitches Wednesday night time within the sequence finale. The 37-year-old lefty has gained six straight selections versus the Mets and is 8-1 with a 3.18 ERA in 11 profession regular-season begins towards them. He’s 2-1 with a 4.30 ERA in eight outings for St. Louis since his July 30 commerce from Washington. Final day trip, Lester allowed two runs and three hits over seven innings in a no-decision towards Cincinnati.
Mets: Rookie RHP Tylor Megill (3-4, 4.06) struck out 10 over seven innings, each profession bests, in a 10-3 win final Friday towards the Yankees.