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World Series Mets' Maine focus
Cardinals offense stymied
Chris Carpenter allowed just two runs in six solid innings, but the Cardinals could get virtually nothing going against the Mets and missed a chance to advance to the World Series. So Taguchi hit a two-run double in the ninth as the Redbirds tried to rally, but that was all they could muster.
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Mets 4, Cardinals 2
Hey, rookie! You were good: John Maine gets a hand from fans and his mates upon his exit. (Bill Kostroun/AP)
Grit has Mets on cusp
Rookie starter John Maine shut out the Cardinals on two hits in 5 1/3 innings, as the Mets evened the NLCS and pulled within one win of the World Series. Jose Reyes homered in the first, Shawn Green added an RBI single and Paul Lo Duca's two-run single in the seventh put Game 6 away.
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October 18, 2006
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
St. Louis
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2   2 7 1
NY Mets
1 0 0 1 0 0 2 0 X   4 10 0
Eckstein, SS4000101.217
Spiezio, LF4010011.250
Pujols, 1B3020110.350
Edmonds, CF3000125.211
Encarnacion, RF3110013.222
Rolen, 3B4110004.235
Belliard, 2B4010012.227
Molina, C3000103.316
Carpenter, P2000001.000
  a-Duncan, PH1000001.125
  Looper, P0000000.000
  Johnson, P0000000.000
  b-Taguchi, PH10120001.000

a-Grounded into a double play for Carpenter in the 7th. b-Doubled for Johnson in the 9th.

2B: Rolen (1, Wagner), Taguchi (1, Wagner).
TB: Spiezio; Pujols 2; Encarnacion; Rolen 2; Belliard; Taguchi 2.
RBI: Taguchi 2 (3).
2-out RBI: Taguchi 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Rolen 2; Encarnacion; Eckstein.
GIDP: Rolen; Duncan.
Team LOB: 8.

SB: Eckstein (3, 2nd base off Maine/Lo Duca).

E: Rolen (1, fielding).
DP: (Belliard-Eckstein-Pujols).

Reyes, SS4231001.333
Lo Duca, C4012002.240
Beltran, CF4110001.304
Delgado, 1B4000003.318
Wright, 3B4010010.143
Green, RF3021010.350
Valentin, 2B4000004.238
Chavez, LF4010003.174
Maine, P2000021.000
  Bradford, P0000000.000
  Mota, P0000000.000
  a-Tucker, PH1110000.500
  Heilman, P0000000.000
  Wagner, P0000000.000

a-Singled for Mota in the 7th.

HR: Reyes (1, 1st inning off Carpenter, 0 on, 0 out).
TB: Reyes 6; Lo Duca; Beltran; Wright; Green 2; Chavez; Tucker.
RBI: Reyes (2), Green (2), Lo Duca 2 (3).
2-out RBI: Lo Duca 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Lo Duca; Chavez 2; Beltran; Delgado.
GIDP: Valentin.
Team LOB: 7.

SB: Reyes 2 (2, 2nd base off Carpenter/Molina, 2nd base off Looper/Molina), Tucker (1, 2nd base off Looper/Molina).

DP: 2 (Reyes-Valentin-Delgado, Valentin-Reyes-Delgado).

Carpenter (L, 0-1)6.07220415.73
Looper 0.23220005.79
Johnson 1.10000002.45
Maine (W, 1-0)5.12004502.89
Bradford (H, 1)1.01000000.00
Mota (H, 2)0.20000004.15
Heilman 1.01000100.00
Wagner 1.032200016.88

IBB: Pujols (by Maine).
HBP: Green (by Johnson), Encarnacion (by Maine).
Pitches-strikes: Carpenter 76-52, Looper 17-10, Johnson 22-11, Maine 98-54, Bradford 14-10, Mota 4-3, Heilman 12-9, Wagner 24-17.
Ground outs-fly outs: Carpenter 9-5, Looper 1-1, Johnson 3-1, Maine 4-7, Bradford 2-1, Mota 2-0, Heilman 1-1, Wagner 2-1.
Batters faced: Carpenter 24, Looper 5, Johnson 6, Maine 23, Bradford 3, Mota 1, Heilman 4, Wagner 6.
Inherited runners-scored: Johnson 1-0, Bradford 1-0, Mota 1-0.
Umpires: HP: Gary Darling. 1B: Tim Welke. 2B: Jim Joyce. 3B: Jerry Layne. LF: Fieldin Culbreth. RF: Jeff Kellogg.
Weather: 69 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 6 mph, L to R.
T: 2:56.
Att: 56,334.

Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball Office of the Commissioner
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