Sports Cards hold off Mets 7-6 in 11 to move into playoff position
Subway Series ends with Mets, Yankees clearing benches, Francisco Lindor making Mets history
The Subway Series finale saw the benches clear in the seventh inning, before the Mets shortstop hit his third home run of the game.Francisco Lindor homered from the left side. Then he homered from the right side. Giancarlo Stanton cleared the benches with a homer and a staredown of the Mets' shortstop. Brett Gardner made the ultimate troll move on the Mets. And then Lindor wrapped it all up with another homer for a piece of Mets history.
NEW YORK (AP) — After more than 4 1/2 hours of back-and-forth baseball, the St. Louis Cardinals finally control their playoff fate again.
Edmundo Sosa hit the go-ahead single in a three-run 11th inning and the hard-charging Cardinals climbed all the way back into postseason position Tuesday night with a 7-6 victory over the New York Mets.
“We're looking out the windshield, not the rearview mirror,” manager Mike Shildt said. “We still need to go out and take care of business every night.”
New York scored twice in the bottom of the 11th and had two runners aboard when Kwang Hyun Kim retired pinch-hitter Albert Almora Jr. on a grounder for his second career save — at last closing out a mentally grueling game that took 4 hours, 34 minutes.
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“That was a whale of a baseball game,” Shildt said. “We just stayed with it.”
Pinch-hitter Andrew Knizner delivered a two-run single in the top half to give the Cardinals needed breathing room as they shook off Javier Báez's tying homer in the ninth.
Tyler O'Neill homered and drove in three runs for the streaking Cardinals. They've won four straight and six of seven to vault into the second NL wild-card slot by a half-game over Cincinnati, which lost 6-5 in Pittsburgh.
“Everybody was used that was available,” Shildt said. “When you get in a game like tonight, it just turns into guts.”
It’s the first time the Cardinals (75-69) have held a postseason spot since they clung to a slim lead in the NL Central on May 30. They fell a season-worst four games under .500 on June 27.
Embattled Mets edge Marlins 4-3 for 5th straight victory
NEW YORK (AP) — A turbulent homestand ended on a positive note for the embattled New York Mets. Pinch-hitter Dominic Smith broke a seventh-inning tie with an RBI single and New York beat the Miami Marlins 4-3 on Thursday night for its fifth straight victory. “Clutch,” manager Luis Rojas said. “This is a kid that’s going to grind at-bats.” Marlins leadoff batter Miguel Rojas and Mets counterpart Jonathan Villar each homered on the first pitch they saw, the first time that’s happened in a major league game since at least 1985, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
“It says a lot about this team," Sosa said.
Demoted closer Alex Reyes (8-8) got Francisco Lindor to ground into an inning-ending double play with runners at the corners in the 10th, firing up the Cardinals. First baseman Paul Goldschmidt stepped on the bag and threw home, trapping Kevin Pillar in a rundown.
“High baseball IQ play,” Shildt said. “It was a game-saver.”
“The players are really sincere about being good in all areas," he added. “It was on display tonight.”
Then the Cardinals got three singles in the 11th off rookie Jake Reed (0-1), just activated from the injured list.
Both teams used eight pitchers. O'Neill put St. Louis ahead 4-3 with a two-run homer in the eighth against reliever Jeurys Familia, who was booed off the mound.
Báez tied it with a leadoff drive in the ninth, sending the first pitch from Giovanny Gallegos to left field beyond a leaping O’Neill and over the orange home run line on the blue wall.
Mets blow 9-run lead, recover, beat Nats for 6th win in row
WASHINGTON (AP) — Francisco Lindor hit a two-run homer in the ninth inning and the New York Mets, after blowing a nine-run lead, extended their winning streak to six by beating the Washington Nationals 11-9 Saturday to open a split doubleheader on Saturday. Ahead 9-0 in the fourth, the Mets saw the Nationals force extra innings on Andrew Stevenson's two-out, two-run homer in the seventh that made it 9-all. Mets reliever Trevor May (7-2) escaped a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the eighth. Lindor then led off the ninth with his 12th homer, connecting against closer Kyle Finnegan (4-6) to also score the automatic runner from second.
It was the first time Báez tied a big league game with a homer in the ninth inning or later. He came out of the dugout for a curtain call as the Citi Field crowd of 21,825 chanted his name.
Just weeks ago, Báez was scorned by Mets rooters and the front office for a thumbs-down gesture that was a dig at booing fans.
The free-swinging Báez also walked three times for the second time in his career and had a bunt single in the first inning that gave New York a 2-0 lead.
“We didn’t come through in situations to score more runs,” manager Luis Rojas said.
O'Neill hit an RBI single and scored in the fourth as the Cardinals erased a two-run deficit against starter Marcus Stroman.
Michael Conforto drove in two runs for the Mets, who have dropped the first two games of this pivotal series — damaging their dwindling postseason chances.
“We’ve got to compete. That’s the only thing we can do right now,” Báez said.
Mets: Second-string catcher Tomás Nido (sprained left thumb) and Reed (right forearm inflammation) were reinstated from the 10-day injured list. Nido batted eighth and went 0 for 3. Reserve catcher Patrick Mazeika and reliever Yennsy Díaz were optioned to Triple-A Syracuse. ... Rojas said there's a chance OF Brandon Nimmo (strained right hamstring) could return this weekend against Philadelphia. ... RHP Noah Syndergaard is expected to face hitters in the next few days. Syndergaard has been slowed in his recovery from March 2020 Tommy John surgery by a sore elbow and a positive COVID-19 test.
Judge HRs twice, rallies Yanks past Mets on 9/11 anniversary
NEW YORK (AP) — A raucous New York crowd of 43,144 lurched and howled — frequently out of their seats — through a back-and-forth Subway Series game that followed an affecting Sept. 11 observance. Hours after standing shoulder-to-shoulder with their crosstown rivals, Aaron Judge and the Yankees came out ahead. “It was just about a perfect night,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. Judge tied it with his second homer of the game in the eighth inning, Mets infielder Javier Báez gave away the lead with an error a few at-bats later and the New York Yankees beat their crosstown rival 8-7 at Citi Field on Saturday night following a stirring ceremony on the 20th anniversary of the 9
BLACK AND BLUE
With a welt near his ear and a shiner under one eye, umpire Junior Valentine worked the plate right on schedule. Valentine remained in the game Monday night at first base after getting drilled on the right side of his face by a wild throw from Sosa at shortstop that drew blood in the second inning.
Cardinals: Jon Lester (5-6, 4.75 ERA) pitches Wednesday night in the series finale. The 37-year-old lefty has won six straight decisions versus the Mets and is 8-1 with a 3.18 ERA in 11 career regular-season starts against them. He is 2-1 with a 4.30 ERA in eight outings for St. Louis since his July 30 trade from Washington. Last time out, Lester allowed two runs and three hits over seven innings in a no-decision against Cincinnati.
Mets: Rookie RHP Tylor Megill (3-4, 4.06) struck out 10 over seven innings, both career bests, in a 10-3 win last Friday against the Yankees.
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Lindor's 3rd homer lifts Mets whistling past Yanks 8-7 .
NEW YORK (AP) — Francisco Lindor whistled at the Yankees, and sent the ball whistling over the wall — three times. In the midst of a miserable first season with the Mets, Lindor kept alive his new team's postseason chances and dropped its crosstown rival out of a playoff position. He nearly set off a brawl when he taunted his opponents with a whistle after his second home run, then broke an eighth-inning tie with his third home run in a dramatic 8-7 victory on Sunday night in a heated Subway Series finale. “Wow, what an amazing weekend,” the All-Star shortstop said. “It felt like playoffs, only hot.