October 17, 2006: Game Five of the NLCS

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Date: October 17, 2006
Mets starter: Tom Glavine
Mets: 2
Cardinals: 4
Winning pitcher: Jeff Weaver
Key player(s): Ron Belliard, Preston Wilson, Chris Duncan
Key play: Belliard's single in 4th, Wilson's double in 5th

The Mets pinned their hopes on Tom Glavine in quest for the Series lead. Tom lasted only three batters into the fifth inning, giving up seven hits for his only loss of the post-season. The Cardinals won, 4-2, to go ahead three games to two.

After three scoreless innings, the Mets scored twice in the fourth against St. Louis starter Jeff Weaver. Carlos Delgado led off with a walk and moved to third on Shawn Green's ground-rule double. Jose Valentin followed with a line drive double to right field to bring home Delgado and Green. The Cardinals answered in the bottom of the inning on Albert Pujols's home run and, with two out, a single by Ron Belliard that scored Scott Rolen to tie the game.

Glavine got shelled in the fifth. Following a leadoff single by David Eckstein, Preston Wilson hit a double to right field. Eckstein scored all the way from first, giving St. Louis a 3-2 lead. Glavine then gave Pujols an intentional walk and was removed for Chad Bradford, who stopped further scoring.

The Cardinals added an insurance run in the sixth. Chris Duncan, pinch hitting for Weaver, hit a full-count pitch from Pedro Feliciano for a home run. It was Duncan's only hit of the Series in eight at bats.

In the eighth, the Mets had a scoring threat. Facing Josh Kinney, Delgado singled and David Wright followed with a double to put runners at second and third with one out. However, they were left on base and were retired in order in the ninth to put them on the brink of elimination.