7:10 PM ET, September 27, 2007
Shea Stadium, Flushing, New York
• Summary: New York, there goes the lead. After controlling the NL East most of the season, the Mets lost their fourth straight, moving into a tie with Philadelphia atop the division in the season's 159th game. Albert Pujols added to the Mets' misery, going 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles, an RBI and a run.
• Don't blame them: Mets starter Pedro Martinez allowed seven hits in seven innings, struck out eight and walked one. He threw a season-high 105 pitches in his first loss in five starts since coming back from shoulder surgery. Meanwhile, David Wright was 1-for-3 with a double and is batting .432 with seven doubles in his last 10 games.
• Hunt for October: New York is tied with the Phillies for the NL East lead. The loss also put the Mets 1 game behind San Diego for the NL wild card berth (Colorado and Philadelphia are also a game back in the wild card race).
• Quotable: "I think we're due to have something special happen to us because in the time I've been here I don't think we've had a little stretch playing games like that and kind of getting away from us that easy. So I'm expecting something good to happen." -- Martinez
-- ESPN.com news services
Cardinals 3, Mets 0
|The largest leads held in September by teams that did not finish in first place in their league (or in divison, 1969 and later), as compiled by the Elias Sports Bureau. Date of largest lead is listed:|
|Sept. 1, 1938||Pirates||7|
|Sept. 6, 1934||NY Giants||7|
|Sept. 4, 1995||Calif. Angels||6½|
|Sept. 20, 1964||Phillies||6½|
|Sept. 8, 1951||Br. Dodgers||6½|
Moises Alou's hit streak ended Thursday at 30 games after his 0-for-3 night against the Cardinals. He had the longest hit streak by a player over 40 (since 1900).
|Moises Alou, 41||30||2007, Mets|
|Sam Rice, 40||28||1930, Senators|
|Pete Rose, 41||21||1982, Phillies|
|Ty Cobb, 40||21||1927, A's|
The home losing streak is the Mets' longest since dropping nine in a row from Aug. 28-Sept. 12, 2004. ... Moises Alou went 0-for-3, ending his hitting streak at 30 games, the longest by a player on a New York team (including Brooklyn) since Joe DiMaggio's record run of 56 games in 1941 with the Yankees. ... Mets OF Marlon Anderson's two-game suspension was upheld Thursday, leaving him out of the game and Friday's against the Marlins. Anderson was ejected in the ninth inning of a 5-3 loss to Philadelphia on Sept. 15 and threw his batting helmet toward home after he reached the dugout. ... St. Louis closes out the season with a three-game series at Pittsburgh. ... The game was a makeup of a June 28 rainout.
Regular Season Series
|New York leads 5-2 (as of Thu 9/27)|
|Sun 4/1||NYM 6, @STL 1||Recap|
|Tue 4/3||NYM 4, @STL 1||Recap|
|Wed 4/4||NYM 10, @STL 0||Recap|
|Mon 6/25||@NYM 2, STL 1||Recap|
|Tue 6/26||STL 5, @NYM 3||Recap|
|Wed 6/27||@NYM 2, STL 0||Recap|
|» Thu 9/27||STL 3, @NYM 0||Box Score|
|Complete Schedule: Cardinals | Mets|
|1st||S Schumaker singled to left center, D Eckstein scored, A Pujols to second.||1||0|
|3rd||A Pujols doubled to deep center, R Ankiel scored.||2||0|
|3rd||R Ludwick singled to left, A Pujols scored.||3||0|
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|Stadium||Shea Stadium, Flushing, NY|
|Attendance||48,900 (116.6% full) - % is based on regular season capacity|
|Weather||76 degrees, overcast|
|Umpires||Home Plate - Laz Diaz, First Base - Wally Bell, Second Base - Bill Welke, Third Base - Mike Estabrook|