Mets’ shuffle works; Cards win

Mets’ shuffle works; Cards win

Posted: Friday, July 18, 2008 10:06 pm
By: AP

By The Associated Press One month after they fired their manager, the New York Mets are back in first place. All-Star David Wright hit a two-run homer that started New York’s biggest ninth-inning comeback of the season, rallying the Mets to their 10th straight victory Thursday night, 10-8 over the host Cincinnati Reds. The Mets’ longest winning streak in 17 years moved them into a first-place tie with Philadelphia in the NL East. In exactly one month, they’ve come full circle. “We’ve built this momentum and we’ve got our confidence back,” said Wright, who drove in four runs in all. When they fired Willie Randolph on June 17, the Mets were 61/2 games out of first place and had the look of a $138 million disappointment. Now they’re golden. In the two other NL games, St. Louis beat San Diego 4-3 and Colorado beat Pittsburgh 5-3. One of the more intriguing questions coming out of the All-Star break was whether the Mets could extend their amazing run of victories. Their pitching has been sensational, with four shutouts in the last six games before the break. Johan Santana couldn’t keep it going, lasting only four innings. A balky offense that figured in Randolph’s firing made up for it. Wright, Carlos Delgado and Fernando Tatis drove in all 10 runs. Delgado and Tatis hit two-run homers off rookie Johnny Cueto, who has now given up 22 in 20 starts. It appeared that the streak — now matching Minnesota for the longest in the majors this season — was about to end when Javier Valentin hit a bases-loaded double in the seventh to give Cincinnati an 8-6 lead. The Mets got down to their last two outs before they kept it going. Argenis Reyes singled, and Wright — an All-Star designated hitter at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday night — hit a tying homer to right field that barely eluded the glove of the leaping Ken Griffey Jr. That’s the way it’s going for the Mets these days. Delgado had a tiebreaking single off Cordero, smacking his hands and pumping his firsts as he rounded first base. Tatis doubled home another run to complete the comeback. Cardinals 4, Padres 3 At St. Louis, Troy Glaus hit two homers and Rick Ankiel and Joe Mather added one apiece, helping Kyle Lohse (12-2) win his ninth straight decision. It’s the best such streak for a St. Louis pitcher since Chris Carpenter won 13 straight in 2005. Lohse pitched seven innings, allowing two runs, seven hits and two walks while striking out four. All four homers came off San Diego’s Jake Peavy (7-6), who gave up four in a game for only the second time in his seven-year career. The other time was July 9, 2003, at Arizona. Peavy gave up eight hits and struck out seven in seven innings. Published in The Messenger 7.18.08

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