The Cardinals Major League Notebook 07/03

It already was a good night for third baseman Troy Glaus because he had hit a three-run homer in the first inning off Mets right-hander Pedro Martinez. Before that at-bat, Glaus was 4-for-26 with 16 strikeouts in his career against Martinez

But, just minutes before a big storm was to hit a game already delayed once by rain, Glaus lofted a two-out homer to left to break a 7-7 tie in the bottom of the ninth and give the Cardinals a walk-off victory Wednesday night.

"A lot of courage in the Cardinals," said manager Tony La Russa, whose team blew a four-run lead accrued in the first inning only to fall behind, 7-5. But pinch hitter Chris Duncan, only 3-for-28 against left-handed pitching this season, hit a two-run homer off left-hander Pedro Feliciano to tie the game in the eighth. And Glaus beat right-hander Carlos Muniz in the ninth.

La Russa lamented several bloop hits by the Mets that had enabled them to catch up and then take the lead. "There's not a lot of justice in this game sometimes, but this time there was," said La Russa.

Duncan, who has had a difficult season, had played the previous three games and swung the bat well but was on the bench at the start of Wednesday's game, with Ryan Ludwick starting in the outfield.

"I told (Duncan) before the game, 'It's hard not to play you,"' said La Russa. "Lud's been a big part of it. But (Duncan) is playing tomorrow."

CARDINALS 8, METS 7: Chris Duncan hit the sixth pinch homer of his brief big-league career to tie the game in the eighth and 3B Troy Glaus capped the 26th multi-homer game of his career with a solo homer to win the game in the ninth. LHP Mark Mulder, relieving for only the second time in his career, suffered his first blown save when the Mets erased a 5-4 lead in the seventh.

NOTES AND QUOTES

--LHP Mark Mulder gave up a bloop single to Mets RF Ryan Church and a game-tying single by 1B Carlos Delgado in a three-run Mets seventh. "I thought he threw some good curveballs and got behind, threw a fastball and Delgado hit it," said manager Tony La Russa. "Overall, I thought he did a good job."

--2B Aaron Miles extended his hitting streak to a career-high-tying 14 games with a first-inning single and then made a diving grab to rob Carlos Delgado of a hit in the top of the ninth.

--2B Adam Kennedy says he is ready to play after suffering a foot injury when he fouled a ball off it, but manager Tony La Russa said, "My understanding from the training room is that if every time he can get a day off it helps the healing. There's no reason to push it."

--The Cardinals are only one steal behind the Mets (31-30) for lowest number of stolen bases given up in the majors. "We've given up more bags than we should, actually," said La Russa. "We've had a lapse or two here although we've got really good-throwing catchers (Yadier Molina, Jason LaRue)."

--3B Troy Glaus has 11 home runs in 107 at-bats over his last 29 games.


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