The Cardinals Major League Notebook 06/26

Chris Carpenter has come all the way back to his Cy Young form of 2005 and world-championship status of 2006, but he can't do much without support.

Carpenter allowed hits (four) in only one of his seven innings Thursday against the Mets and threw only 18 balls out of 82 pitches. But in losing his second game against five victories, Carpenter received only two runs of support. In his other loss at Cleveland, the Cardinals didn't score for him, and they've tallied just 36 runs in his 10 starts overall.

Carpenter threw five 1-2-3 innings out of the seven he pitched. In the decisive fourth inning, a three-run frame, he allowed a ground single to left by Luis Castillo, David Wright's scratch single that Carpenter deflected, and a game-tying bloop single to right by Ryan Church.

The big hit was a two-run double to right by rookie Nick Evans.

"It came down to that one pitch to Evans," Carpenter said. "I threw the pitch that I wanted to throw. It was a flat cutter instead of having a little tilt to it."

The Cardinals made Mets starter Johan Santana throw 110 pitches in seven innings, but they couldn't quite get to him, stranding 12 and going 2-for-12 with runners in scoring position.

Mets 3, Cardinals 2: A seven-game trip that started out promisingly with a three-game sweep in Kansas City ended at 4-3 as the Cardinals lost their third in four games at New York against the injury-riddled Mets. The Cardinals managed only nine runs in the four games. C Yadier Molina knocked in one run, and 2B Joe Thurston singled home the other.

Notes, Quotes • Part of the Cardinals' future will be on display on July 12 in the annual minor league "Futures" game at Busch Stadium. 3B Brett Wallace, the club's top draft pick in 2008 who is hitting .266 at Class AAA Memphis after being promoted from Class AA Springfield, will be on the United States team managed by Cardinals Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith. Joining him will be OF Daryl Jones, the 2008 organizational minor league player of the year who is hitting .296 at Springfield.

• Manager Tony La Russa was reasonably philosophical after the Cardinals lost their second in a row Thursday, failing to ruffle Mets LHP Johan Santana, who was in trouble in four of his seven innings. "(Santana) got it when he needed it," La Russa said. "We out-hit them. But they made one more run happen."

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