Carlos Beltran is known for the havoc he causes against the Cardinals dating back to his days with the Astros. It seems these days he has a sidekick in Carlos Delgado that is creating just as much havoc, if not more. Beltran and Delgado combined to drive in seven runs in the Mets 12-5 win Sunday night.
The win ensured the Mets at least one more game back home in New York. Delgado hit a three-run homer in the fifth inning that gave the Mets a 5-2 lead. His two-run double the next inning sparked a six-run inning for New York.
Beltran continued his Cardinal killing career with two home runs in the contest, giving him seven homers in 11 NLCS games in his career. David Wright escaped a 0-for-13 slump with a solo homer. The 3-4-5 hitters for the Mets went 6-for-11 with four home runs and eight RBI. Jose Valentin chipped in with 3 RBI as New York evened the series at two games apiece.
Mets starter Oliver Perez was unimpressive surrendering five runs on nine hits in 5.2 innings, but still got the win. Perez perhaps benefited the most from the Mets explosive offensive output. New York’s bullpen was solid; Chad Bradford, Pedro Feliciano, and Guillermo Mota surrendered just two hits in 3.1 innings.
Game 5 is Monday night in St. Louis. Jeff Weaver is scheduled to start for the Redbirds against Tom Glavine for the Mets. Both pitchers pitched in Game 1, with the Mets winning 2-0. Glavine was dominant on the mound tossing seven shutout innings.
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