October 15, 2006: Game Four of the NLCS

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Date: October 15, 2006
Mets starter: Oliver Perez
Mets: 12
Cardinals: 5
Winning pitcher: Oliver Perez
Key player(s): Carlos Delgado, Carlos Beltran
Key play: Delgado's home run in 5th, Delgado's & Valentin's doubles in 6th

The Mets were down a game in the Series and called on Oliver Perez in their hope for the equalizer. Perez did not pitch effectively, allowing three home runs among nine hits. Still, the Mets emerged with a 12-5 victory thanks to their own 14-hit attack that included four homers.

The game was tied, 2-2, after three innings. The Mets' runs were scored on a pair of third inning home runs by Carlos Beltran and David Wright. An RBI single by Yadier Molina and a triple by Juan Encarnacion to score Scott Spiezio provided the St. Louis runs.

For the Cardinals, Brad Thompson relieved starting pitcher Anthony Reyes in the fifth inning. Paul Lo Duca led off against Thompson by reaching on an error by second baseman Ron Belliard. Beltran singled and Carlos Delgado then hit a three-run homer to put the Mets ahead, 5-2. The lead was reduced by one in the bottom half of the inning on David Eckstein's home run off Perez.

In the sixth, the Mets' bats exploded. They had ten batters step up to the plate and scored six runs against relievers Josh Hancock and Tyler Johnson. Delgado's ground-rule double with the bases loaded scored two runs and Jose Valentin contributed his own two-base hit with the sacks full to drive in three. Prior to Valentin's hit, Shawn Green's single brought home Beltran.

Given an 11-3, lead, Perez faced the Cardinals in the bottom of the sixth. After allowing solo home runs to Jim Edmonds and Molina, Chad Bradford came on to relieve. Bradford retired Preston Wilson to end the inning. After Beltran's second home run in the top of the seventh, Chad held St. Louis scoreless in the bottom half.

Pedro Feliciano and Guillermo Mota pitched the eighth and ninth innings, respectively. Each allowed no runs in finishing up the game to tie the Series at two wins apiece.