Cards blow 9th inning 4 run lead, lose 8-6 to Mets
New York Mets' Ruben Tejada hits a two-run double during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011, in St. Louis. The Mets won 8-6. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) By Jeff Roberson
New York Mets starting pitcher Chris Capuano, left, is removed from the baseball game by manager Terry Collins during the fifth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) By Jeff Roberson
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- The St. Louis Cardinals blew a four-run lead in the ninth inning and hurt their wild-card hopes when shortstop Rafael Furcal misplayed a potential double-play grounder, allowing the New York Mets to rally for an 8-6 win Thursday.
Ahead 6-2, the Cardinals walked three batters in helping the Mets take the lead with a six-run burst. Willie Harris drew a walk to begin the inning and capped it with a tiebreaking, two-run single with two outs.
The loss dropped St. Louis two games behind idle Atlanta for the wild card. Each team has six games left.
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