Cards Maness roughed up for first time -

Cards Maness roughed up for first time

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By Scott Bierman By Scott Bierman

(BaseballStL) -- St. Louis Cardinals reliever Seth Maness felt his first growing pain at the big league level on Wednesday.

With a 2-0 lead and one out in the seventh inning against the New York Mets, manager Mike Matheny called upon the rookie sensation, who pitched a scoreless inning the night before, to close out the inning.

The struggling Mets offense had other ideas.

John Buck greeted Maness with a single to left field which was followed by a 427-foot blast from former Cardinal pitcher-turned-outfielder Rick Ankiel to tie it 2-2.

Maness would eventually get out of the inning despite allowing single to Mets starter Shaun Marcum with two outs. He needed 18 pitches, including 13 strikes, to record the final two outs.

Maness was credited with the win, his third of the year, after the Cardinals scored in the bottom of the inning.

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