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10/16/06 12:46 AM ET

Mets Short Hops: Game 4

Homer-happy New York evens series at two games apiece

ST. LOUIS -- Fielding the Mets' Game 4 win over the Cardinals on a short hop ...

In < 25 words ...
The bats of Carlos Delgado, Carlos Beltran and Jose Valentin help the Mets even the National League Championship Series at two games apiece.

Frozen moment
With the game tied at 2, Delgado took Brad Thompson's 2-0 pitch and hit the ball over the left-field wall for a three-run home run. The Mets would never relinquish the lead after that.

Big number
12: The number of runs scored by the Mets via the home run during the NLCS. The Mets have scored 20 runs in the series.

Game ball
Delgado -- Five balls: He drove in five runs on Sunday and is having an MVP-type series. He is hitting .429 with three home runs and nine RBIs.

Sense of October
With the lack of starting pitching, the critics have said the Mets need to slug their way to victory. They did just that on Sunday night, collecting 13 hits and scoring 12 runs.

Lines of the Game
Carlos Beltran
3 AB, 4 R, 3 H, 2 HR, 0 2B, 2 RBIs
Comment: He continues to destroy Cardinals pitching. He hit his sixth and seventh postseason home runs against the Cardinals, a solo shot in third inning and another in the seventh.

Oliver Perez
5 2/3 IP, 5R, 9 H, 1 BB, 3 Ks
Comment: People questioned manager Willie Randolph for using a pitcher who had an ERA over 6.00 during the regular season. But it turned out to be the right move. Perez was in trouble in his five-plus innings, but the damage was very minimal.

"He's been for a long time one of the best hitters in the game, and part of the strength and beauty of what he does as a hitter [is that] he's a power hitter who will go the other way and take what you give him, for the most part. Very, very rare, very unique to see a hitter like him who can turn on you and pull the ball and then can just stay out there and just serve the ball the other way." -- Randolph, on Delgado

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Next step
The Mets look to go ahead in the NLCS as they face the Cardinals in Game 5 on Monday. New York is hoping Tom Glavine can repeat his Game 1 performance, in which he pitched seven shutout innings.

Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.