Mets turn big break into win

Wednesday, May 19, 2004

NEW YORK -- The breaks went to the New York Mets this time. They got the broken-bat, two-out hit by Kaz Matsui that tied the score in the ninth inning and the game-winner by Cliff Floyd a moment later.

The way Tom Glavine saw it, they were due for the turnaround.

"We've given up so many of those," Glavine said. "You hope it all evens out."

For one night, it did. The Mets rallied for two runs with two outs in the bottom of the ninth to defeat the St. Louis Cardinals 5-4.

The Mets were cornered, trailing by a run against Cardinals closer Jason Isringhausen. But Mike Cameron worked out a leadoff walk and New York had a life.

Isringhausen thought that was the turning point.,

"I beat myself by giving up the leadoff walk," he said. "You can't put the leadoff guy on."

After the Mets bunted Cameron over, pinch-hitter Karim Garcia also walked. But Isringhausen came back to strike out Eric Valent. Now, one out away, he went to work on Matsui. On the 1-0 pitch, Matsui swung at an inside cutter and broke his bat. The ball carried just beyond the infield, scoring the tying run.

"I made a good pitch," Isringhausen said. "I shattered his bat. That's part of baseball."

Floyd followed with the RBI single that gave the Mets their sixth win this season in their last at-bat. The win put New York (19-20) within one game of .500.

Scott Rolen delivered a pair of two-out RBI hits as St. Louis built a 4-1 lead.

The Cardinals nicked Glavine for two runs with two outs in the first inning. Albert Pujols singled and scored on a double by Rolen. Then Jim Edmonds singled, scoring Rolen.

St. Louis added a run in the third on Mike Matheny's second home run of the season.

The Mets got that run back in the bottom of the inning when Jason Phillips homered.

Glavine again retired the first two batters in the fifth before Edgar Renteria, Pujols and Rolen delivered consecutive singles to make it 4-1.

The Mets closed the gap in the sixth when Matsui opened with a double, and Floyd followed with his third home run of the season against Cardinals starter Matt Morris.

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