Two lefthanders, Mets starter Johan Santana, St. Louis Cardinals starter Jaime Garcia and 14 other relief pitchers racked up a lot zeros, eighteen innings of them, before the Mets finally broke through for a run, on a bases loaded sacrifice fly, off of outfielder Joe Mather in the nineteenth. The Cards came back with a double and an RBI single off of Mets closer Francisco Rodriguez in their nineteenth. In the twentieth inning, 2 singles put runners at the corners and shortstop Jose Reyes drove in the winning run off of Mather with a sacrifice fly scoring Angel Pagan as the Mets nipped the Cardinals by a 2-1 score in twenty innings with outfielder Mather charged with his 1st MLB career pitching loss.
Jose Reyes needed 20 innings to get something done at the plate.
Reyes hit a tiebreaking sacrifice fly to help the New York Mets beat the St. Louis Cardinals 2-1 in 20 innings on Saturday night in the longest game in the majors in two years.
“That’s the happiest 0 for 7 I’ve ever had in my life,” he said. “I played good defense, got the RBI, and we won the game. And finally, it’s over.”
Francisco Rodriguez (1-0) got the win despite yielding the tying run in the 19th and starter Mike Pelfrey finished for his first career save in a game that included 19 pitchers and lasted 6 hours, 53 minutes.
“This was crazy,” Pelfrey said. “I’ve been involved in some wild games but this was really something. I thought it was never going to end.”
Rodriguez said he threw as many as 100 pitches in the bullpen. He began warming up in the eighth and spent the next three hours getting up and then sitting down.
“I got up more than 10 times,” he said. “Pretty much every inning.”
St. Louis left the bases loaded in the 10th, 12th and 14th and stranded 22 runners, including 14 in extra innings. Molina caught the whole game and went 3 for 9.
Santana started the game for New York and struck out nine in seven innings, allowing just four hits.
“I spent more time as a spectator than I did pitching on the mound,” Santana said.
Rookie left-hander Jaime Garcia gave up just one hit in seven innings for St. Louis—a bloop single by Pagan leading off the sixth.