Rusch puts Mets in sight of prize

New York is on the brink of providing the two teams that will square off for the World Series after both the Mets and the Yankees held their advantages in the National League Championship Series games.

New York is on the brink of providing the two teams that will square off for the World Series after both the Mets and the Yankees held their advantages in the National League Championship Series games.

In their most recent games, on Sunday, the Mets hit five doubles in a four-run opening inning, but it was a pair of errors by Fernando Tatis in the sixth that put them one win away from their first World Series appearance in 15 years. The Mets overcame a two-run deficit by opening the bottom of the first inning with four straight doubles and they scored seven times over the first two frames en route to a 10-6 triumph over the St Louis Cardinals in game four. That left them with a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven series. Glendon Rusch finished the game by preventing the Cardinals scoring in the last three innings.

"Before the series I told Rusch he was going to be the wild card," said the Mets manager, Bobby Valentine. "He got the win by pitching three huge innings for us. He deserved it."

A delighted Rusch said: "Coming out of the bullpen in the post season I just have to show up every day with the attitude that I'm going to be in the game."

The Cardinals' Jim Edmonds hit a two-run homer off the Mets' starter Bobby Jones at the top of the first. But, after being thumped 8-2 last Saturday, the Mets got going quickly this time. Rookie Timoniel Perez, Edgardo Alfonzo, Mike Piazza, Robin Ventura and Benny Agbayani doubled off Cardinals starter Darryl Kile (1-2) in the bottom half.

After generating little over the first four games of the American League Championship Series, the heart of the Seattle Mariners line-up produced five runs in the fifth inning of a 6-2 triumph over the Yankees, but still trail the series 3-2 with the last two games to be played in New York.

Behind 2-1 in the bottom of the fifth, Seattle rallied as Alex Rodriguez had a two-run single off reliever Jeff Nelson, Edgar Martinez a two-run homer, and John Olerud a solo hit. The game took four hours 14 minutes, the longest in LCS history.

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Latest in Sport
Sport
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services
iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Recruitment Genius: Warehouse Operative / Forklift Driver

£14000 - £17000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Through a combination of excell...

Recruitment Genius: Warehouse Manager

£25000 - £30000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This company are looking for a ...

Recruitment Genius: Service Plan Champion

Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: A vacancy has arisen for a Service Plan Champi...

Recruitment Genius: Service Plan Champion

Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: A vacancy has arisen for a Service Plan Champi...

Day In a Page

Sepp Blatter resignation: The beginning of Fifa's long road to reform?

Does Blatter's departure mean Fifa will automatically clean up its act?

Don't bet on it, says Tom Peck
Charles Kennedy: The baby of the House who grew into a Lib Dem giant

The baby of the House who grew into a Lib Dem giant

Charles Kennedy was consistently a man of the centre-left, dedicated to social justice, but was also a champion of liberty and an opponent of the nanny-state, says Baroness Williams
Syria civil war: The harrowing testament of a five-year-old victim of this endless conflict

The harrowing testament of a five-year-old victim of Syria's endless civil war

Sahar Qanbar lost her mother and brother as civilians and government soldiers fought side by side after being surrounded by brutal Islamist fighters. Robert Fisk visited her
The future of songwriting: How streaming is changing everything we know about making music

The future of songwriting

How streaming is changing everything we know about making music
William Shemin and Henry Johnson: Jewish and black soldiers receive World War I Medal of Honor amid claims of discrimination

Recognition at long last

Jewish and black soldiers who fought in WWI finally receive medals after claims of discrimination
Beating obesity: The new pacemaker which helps over-eaters

Beating obesity

The new pacemaker which helps over-eaters
9 best women's festival waterproofs

Ready for rain: 9 best women's festival waterproofs

These are the macs to keep your denim dry and your hair frizz-free(ish)
Cycling World Hour Record: Nervous Sir Bradley Wiggins ready for pain as he prepares to go distance

Wiggins worried

Nervous Sir Bradley ready for pain as he prepares to attempt cycling's World Hour Record
Liverpool close in on Milner signing

Liverpool close in on Milner signing

Reds baulk at Christian Benteke £32.5m release clause
On your feet! Spending at least two hours a day standing reduces the risk of heart attacks, cancer and diabetes, according to new research

On your feet!

Spending half the day standing 'reduces risk of heart attacks and cancer'
With scores of surgeries closing, what hope is there for the David Cameron's promise of 5,000 more GPs and a 24/7 NHS?

The big NHS question

Why are there so few new GPs when so many want to study medicine?
Big knickers are back: Thongs ain't what they used to be

Thongs ain't what they used to be

Big knickers are back
Thurston Moore interview

Thurston Moore interview

On living in London, Sonic Youth and musical memoirs
In full bloom

In full bloom

Floral print womenswear
From leading man to Elephant Man, Bradley Cooper is terrific

From leading man to Elephant Man

Bradley Cooper is terrific