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Cardinals offense stymied
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Mets 4, Cardinals 2
Chris Carpenter allowed two runs on seven hits, fanning four, in six innings. (Al Bello/Getty)
 Belliard's running throw: 350K
 Taguchi's two-run double: 350K
 La Russa's postgame remarks: 350K
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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STL
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
NYM
St. LouisABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
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
Totals322724621 

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

BATTING
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.

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

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

 
NY MetsABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
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
Totals3441040415 

a-Singled for Mota in the 7th.

BATTING
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.

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

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

 
St. LouisIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Carpenter (L, 0-1)6.07220415.73
Looper 0.23220005.79
Johnson 1.10000002.45
 
NY MetsIPHRERBBSOHRERA
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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