Wednesday, May 17, 2006


Cards fold

Met fans had their work cut out for them last night, as the opening game of the Cards series in St. Louis was delayed by rain and didn't end until nearly 2 am. But the Mets prevailed, 8-3, tacking on 4 runs in the 8th. Tom Glavine won his 281st career game, upping his 2006 record to 6-2 (2.43 ERA). He was stingy as usual, allowing 3 runs on 7 hits in 6 innings.

With the game tied 3-3 in the top of the 7th, Paul Lo Duca characteristically doubled home a run to give the Mets the lead and then the skies opened over Busch Stadium. Fans fled and SNY viewers surfed elesewhere - most likely to the Yankees' wacky walkoff 14-13 shootout with the Rangers on YES. Hardcore Metsies were rewarded when the tarps came off the field and the game resumed past midnight. While Aaron Heilman, Duaner Sanchez and Jorge Julio blanked the Cards the rest of the way, the Mets rallied on RBI hits by Carlos Beltran, PH Julio Franco and Jose Reyes, who also belted a 2-run HR (his 3rd) in the 3rd, ending another mini-slump (5 for 34).

With consecutive Ks of Jim Edmonds, the unflappable Glavine tied and surpassed Sandy Koufax on the all-time strikeout leader board. He's now in 37th place with 2,397 career Ks.

Glavine and Pedro Martinez have combined for an 11-2 record, while the rest of the Mets' starting corps is 5-8. Jose Lima was designated as Thursday's starter and Jeremi Gonzalez will kick off the weekend series against the Yanks.

The Mets (24-14) now lead the Phillies (22-16), who lost 3-2 in Milwaukee, by 2 games.

Next game: Wednesday, May 17 vs. the Cards (24-15) at Busch Stadium, 8:10 pm start on SNY & WFAN, Steve Trachsel (2-3, 4.91) vs. Mark Mulder (4-1, 4.27)

* The Yankees (22-15) roared back from a 9-run deficit to beat the first-place Rangers (20-18). Jorge Posada nailed the 9th-inning, game-winning HR into the rightfield bleachers. The Red Sox (23-14), who beat the Orioles 6-5, held on to a 1-game lead in the division.
* Despite the Giants' 14-run explosion against the Astros last night, Barry Bonds again was denied his 714th HR. He did have 2 singles, an RBI and was hit by a pitch that led to Houston reliever Russ Springer and MGR Phil Garner both being tossed from the game. Bonds has gone HR-less in his last 26 ABs. He'll skip today's day game and will be back in the lineup Friday night in Oakland, when the interleague schedule commences.

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