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|Cardinals Fail to Take Advantage of Opportunities; Lose to New York in 20 Inning Marathon
|ST. LOUIS (AP) _Fans at Busch Stadium got their money's worth Saturday, getting more than two games for the price of one.
Jose Reyes hit a sacrifice fly in the 20th inning and the New York Mets beat the St. Louis Cardinals 2-1 in the longest game in the majors in two years. The Mets utilized 24 of their eligible 25 players.
Jeff Francoeur also had a sacrifice fly for New York in the 19th inning, snapping a scoreless tie, but Yadier Molina singled in Albert Pujols with two out in the bottom half.
Francisco Rodriguez (1-0) got the win despite blowing the save in the 19th and starter Mike Pelfrey finished for his first career save in a game that included 19 pitchers and lasted 6 hours, 53 minutes.
St. Louis left the bases loaded in the 10th, 12th and 14th and stranded 22 runners, including 14 in extra innings.
It was the longest game in the majors since Colorado beat San Diego 2-1 in 22 innings on April 17, 2008.
Utilityman Joe Mather (0-1) became the first position player to lose a game since shortstop Josh Wilson for the San Diego Padres in a 9-6 setback in 18 innings against the Arizona Diamondbacks last June 7, according to STATS LLC.
Mather hit for Colby Rasmus in the 10th and played center and third before taking the mound in the 20th for his first major league pitching appearance.
The Mets jumped all over him.
Angel Pagan started the 20th with an infield single and advanced to third on Mike Jacobs' base hit to right. Reyes followed with a fly ball to center field to give New York a 2-1 lead.
It was the Mets' longest game since they lost to 8-6 to San Francisco in 23 innings on May 31, 1964, and the fourth longest in franchise history.
It tied for the second longest game in Cardinals history.
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