NEW YORK (AP) – Edmundo Sosa hit the lead single during a three-touchdown attack in the eleventh inning as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the New York Mets 7-6 on Tuesday night and settled into spots. playoffs.
New York scored twice in the bottom of the 11th inning and had two running backs on board when Kwang Hyun Kim retired pinch-hitter Albert Almora Jr. by grounding for his second lifetime save.
Thus concluded a give-and-take duel that lasted a whopping 4 hours and 34 minutes.
Pinch-hitter Andrew Knizner added a two-run single in the top of the inning to give the Cardinals a little more headroom after Javier Baez had evened the score for the Mets with a home run in the ninth.
Tyler O’Neill homered and produced three runs for the Cardinals, who have won four in a row and six of seven to control for now the second AL wild card, half a game ahead of Cincinnati, which fell 6 -5 in Pittsburgh.
Alex Reyes (8-8) forced Francisco Lindor to hit a ground ball for a double play that ended the 10th inning with runners on the corners.
That ignited the Cardinals, who hit three singles in the 11th off rookie Jake Reed (0-1), just activated from the disabled list.
For the Cardinals, Puerto Rican Yadier Molina 4-1 with a run scored. Panamanian Sosa 5-1 with a run scored and a RBI.
For the Mets, Jonathan Villar 3-1 with a run scored. Puerto Ricans Francisco Lindor 4-1 with two runs scored, Baez 2-2 with one scored and two produced, Tomás Nido 3-0.