Schumaker stays hot in win over Mets

Schumaker stays hot in win

CARDINALS 6, METS 5 (10 innings)
at Jupiter, Fla.
Thursday, March 13

Mets at the plate: Olmedo Saenz's two-out RBI single in the ninth inning gave the Mets the lead. Jose Reyes singled twice and scored both times. Endy Chavez had a single and a two-run double, and Carlos Beltran singled in a run and walked. Starter Mike Pelfrey singled and scored.

Cardinals at the plate: Rico Washington hit an RBI single in the 10th inning, driving in Skip Schumaker, who walked. Schumaker stayed hot with two more singles, continuing to thrive in the leadoff spot. Yadier Molina singled and doubled, and D'Angelo Jimenez smacked an RBI pinch-hit double to score Molina. Albert Pujols singled, doubled and drove in a run.

Mets on the mound: Pelfrey wasn't spectacular, but he kept the damage to a minimum. He lasted 4 2/3 innings, allowing two runs (one earned) on six hits. He struck out one and walked two. Pedro Feliciano allowed an unearned run in the seventh, betrayed by Robinson Cancel's drop of Troy Glaus' two-out popup.

Cardinals on the mound: Braden Looper was knocked around a little bit, allowing four runs on seven hits in four innings. He struck out two and walked two. Jason Isringhausen breezed through 1 1/3 perfect innings. Chris Perez struck out two in a scoreless eighth inning before Jason Motte gave up a run in the ninth, but pitched a scoreless 10th and earned the win.

Grapefruit League records: Mets 9-6; Cardinals 6-9.

Up next for the Mets: The Mets return to Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter on Friday, this time to oppose the Marlins at 1:05 p.m. ET. John Maine, whose fastball impressed teammates and scouts in his most recent start, is to make his fourth exhibition start. After pitching four innings -- he allowed no hits -- against the Astros on Sunday, Maine is in position to pitch five innings Friday. Scott Schoeneweis is to follow him. Ricky Nolasco was the only Marlins pitcher listed for Friday.

Up next for the Cardinals: Past meets future for the Cardinals when they head north to Vero Beach, Fla., on Friday. It will be the club's final visit to venerable Dodgertown, with a first-pitch time of 12:05 p.m. CT at Holman Stadium. Taking the mound for the visiting Redbirds, however, is one of the organization's most promising prospects. Right-hander Clayton Mortensen, a 2007 draftee, will make his second Grapefruit League start.

Matthew Leach is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.