NEW YORK — Kaz Matsui tied the game with a two-out, broken-bat single in the ninth inning and Cliff Floyd followed with a winning single as the New York Mets rallied for a 5-4 victory against the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday night.
Trailing 4-3, the Mets got life in the ninth when Mike Cameron opened with a walk against Cardinals closer Jason Isringhausen (2-1). Joe McEwing bunted Cameron to second, and pinch-hitter Karim Garcia also walked.
Eric Valent struck out, but Matsui shattered his bat in sending a soft pop fly into short right field that scored Cameron with the tying run.
That brought up Floyd, whose two-run home run in the sixth inning cut the Cardinals’ three-run lead to 4-3. After fouling a ball off his leg, Floyd delivered the winning single, his third hit of the night.
Mets reliever Ricky Bottalico (1-0) pitched two scoreless innings to earn his first major league victory since 2001.
St. Louis third baseman Scott Rolen had three hits, drove in two runs and made a dazzling fielding play to halt a rally.
Rolen delivered two-out RBI hits in the first and fifth innings against Mets starter Tom Glavine.
The Cardinals nicked Glavine for two runs with two outs in the first inning. Albert Pujols singled and scored on a double by Rolen. Then Jim Edmonds singled, scoring Rolen.
St. Louis added a run in the third on Mike Matheny’s second home run of the season.
The Mets got that run back in their half of the third when Jason Phillips hit the foul pole in left field for his second home run of the year and second in two games.
Glavine again retired the first two batters in the fifth before Edgar Renteria, Pujols and Rolen delivered consecutive singles to make it 4-1. Glavine allowed eight hits and struck out six in six innings.
The Mets closed the gap in the sixth when Matsui opened with a double, and Floyd followed with his third home run of the season against Cards starter Matt Morris.
Mike Piazza and Phillips added a pair of singles. Then Cameron hit a ball in the hole that third baseman Rolen dove for and tossed backhanded to force Phillips at second. Morris then retired McEwing to end the inning.
In the seventh, Cardinals left fielder Ray Lankford dropped a fly ball for a two-base error, finishing Morris. Steve Kline relieved, retiring Matsui on a pop fly and striking out Floyd, leaving the tying run stranded on second base.