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Red October: Cards in Series
Molina's blast clinches it
Yadier Molina broke a tied Game 7 in the ninth inning with a two-run homer to lift the Cards into the World Series vs. the Tigers. Ronnie Belliard's squeeze bunt scored St. Louis' other run in the second to back Jeff Suppan's dominant start, in which he allowed the Mets two hits over seven-plus innings.
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Cardinals 3, Mets 1
Ya-hoo! Yadier Molina is doused after his home run helped the Cards clinch the NLCS. (Charles Krupa/AP)
Amazin' season falls short
David Wright gave the Mets a good start with an RBI single in the first, and Endy Chavez's catch to rob the Cards of a two-run homer seemed to indicate a magical night was ahead. But Aaron Heilman allowed a tiebreaking two-run homer in the ninth that a subsequent rally couldn't overcome.
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October 19, 2006
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
St. Louis
0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2   3 6 1
NY Mets
1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0   1 4 1
Eckstein, SS3010000.231
Wilson, LF3000033.176
  a-Spiezio, PH1000010.235
  Taguchi, LF00000001.000
Pujols, 1B2000202.318
Encarnacion, RF4000014.182
Edmonds, CF3110110.227
Rolen, 3B4110002.238
Molina, C4122000.348
Belliard, 2B3011000.240
Suppan, P2000011.333
  Flores, P0000000.000
  b-Rodriguez, PH1000000.000
  Wainwright, P0000000.000

a-Struck out for Wilson in the 8th. b-Grounded out for Flores in the 9th.

2B: Eckstein (1, Perez).
HR: Molina (2, 9th inning off Heilman, 1 on, 1 out).
TB: Eckstein 2; Edmonds; Rolen; Molina 5; Belliard.
RBI: Belliard (2), Molina 2 (6).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Encarnacion; Suppan; Pujols.
S: Belliard; Suppan.
GIDP: Encarnacion.
Team LOB: 6.

E: Rolen (2, throw).

Reyes, SS5000002.281
Lo Duca, C4000100.207
  1-Hernandez, A, PR0000000.000
Beltran, CF4110113.296
Delgado, 1B1000311.304
Wright, 3B4011012.160
Green, RF3000114.304
Valentin, 2B3010013.250
Chavez, LF4010005.185
Perez, P2000000.000
  Bradford, P0000000.000
  a-Tucker, PH1000000.400
  Heilman, P0000000.000
  b-Floyd, PH1000012.000

a-Flied out for Bradford in the 7th. b-Struck out for Heilman in the 9th.
1-Ran for Lo Duca in the 9th.

2B: Beltran (1, Suppan).
TB: Beltran 2; Wright; Valentin; Chavez.
RBI: Wright (2).
2-out RBI: Wright.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Green; Chavez 3; Beltran 2.
Team LOB: 11.

E: Delgado (3, fielding).
Outfield assists: Chavez (Edmonds at 1st base).
DP: 2 (Wright-Valentin-Delgado, Chavez-Valentin-Delgado).

Suppan 7.02115200.60
Flores (W, 1-0)1.00000200.00
Wainwright (S, 2)1.02001200.00
Perez 6.04112404.63
Bradford 1.00000000.00
Heilman (L, 0-1)2.02221314.15

Suppan pitched to 1 batter in the 8th.

IBB: Green (by Suppan), Pujols (by Perez), Pujols (by Heilman).
HBP: Valentin (by Suppan), Eckstein (by Perez).
Pitches-strikes: Suppan 104-65, Flores 14-9, Wainwright 28-17, Perez 88-61, Bradford 13-10, Heilman 38-24.
Ground outs-fly outs: Suppan 8-11, Flores 1-0, Wainwright 0-1, Perez 5-9, Bradford 2-1, Heilman 3-0.
Batters faced: Suppan 30, Flores 3, Wainwright 6, Perez 24, Bradford 3, Heilman 9.
Inherited runners-scored: Flores 1-0.
Umpires: HP: Tim Welke. 1B: Jim Joyce. 2B: Jerry Layne. 3B: Fieldin Culbreth. LF: Jeff Kellogg. RF: Gary Darling.
Weather: 67 degrees, cloudy.
Wind: 12 mph, Out to LF.
T: 3:23.
Att: 56,357.

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