May 18, 2004: Mets Come Back to Beat Cardinals

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Date: May 18, 2004
Mets starter: Tom Glavine
Mets: 5
Cardinals: 4
Winning pitcher: Ricky Bottalico
Key player(s): Kazuo Matsui, Cliff Floyd
Key play: Matsui's & Floyd's singles in 9th

The Mets and Cardinals played on a Tuesday night at Shea Stadium. The teams began a three-game series in front of a crowd of 28,880. In come-from-behind fashion, the Mets emerged with a 5-4 win over St. Louis.

The Cardinals got off to a quick start against Mets' starter Tom Glavine. With two outs in the first inning, Albert Pujols singled and came around to score on a double by Scott Rolen. Jim Edmonds followed with a single to bring home Rolen for another St. Louis run. The Redbirds extended their lead to 3-0 on Mike Matheny's home run in the top of the second. Jason Phillips homered off Cardinals' starter Matt Morris in the bottom half for the Mets' first run of the game.

Glavine and Morris each pitched scoreless third and fourth innings. In the top of the fifth, Edgar Renteria singled with two outs and moved to second base on a single by Pujols. Rolen's single scored Renteria for a 4-1 St. Louis lead. Morris shut down the Mets in the bottom of the inning and Glavine retired the Cards without a run in the top of the sixth.

Kazuo Matsui opened the bottom of the sixth inning with a double off Morris. Cliff Floyd followed with a home run to cut the Cardinals' lead to 4-3. Morris also gave up singles to Mike Piazza and Phillips, but finished the inning with no further scoring. Mets' reliever Orber Moreno pitched a perfect top of the seventh and the Cards' Steve Kline relieved Morris to close out a scoreless bottom half.

For the Mets, Ricky Bottalico came in to pitch in the top of the eighth inning. He issued a walk to Rolen and recorded outs on the next two St. Louis hitters. After throwing a wild pitch that allowed Reggie Sanders to advance to second base, Ricky walked Ray Lankford intentionally and ended the inning by getting Matheny for a force play grounder. Cardinals' reliever Julian Tavarez set down the Mets in order in the bottom of the inning. Bottalico then shut down St. Louis in the top of the ninth.

Jason Isringhausen took the mound for the Redbirds to begin the bottom of the ninth inning. He walked leadoff hitter Mike Cameron, who moved to second on Joe McEwing's sacrifice bunt. Isringhausen walked pinch-hitter Karim Garcia and fanned Eric Valent for the second out of the inning. With the Mets an out away from defeat, Matsui singled to score Cameron and tie the game at 4-4. Floyd's ensuing single brought home Garcia from third with the winning run. The Mets had a thrilling comeback victory.