NEW YORK (Reuters) - Shawn Green hit a walk-off home run in the bottom of the 11th inning to lead the New York Mets to a 2-1 win and some measure of revenge over the St Louis Cardinals in National League play on Monday.
Green connected on a 3-2 pitch from reliever Russ Springer (3-1) leading off the ninth, driving the ball off the scoreboard in center field for the first New York hit since the third inning as the Mets' winning streak reached four.
"I wasn't necessarily trying to hit a home run, I was just trying to drive one somewhere," Green told reporters.
Carlos Gomez also homered for the Mets, who made the most of just three hits to move 3-½ games ahead of the second-placed Philadelphia Phillies in the NL East in the first meeting between the teams since last year's NLCS.
So Taguchi's run-scoring groundout in the third inning accounted for the only run of the game for the injury-riddled Cardinals, who beat the Mets in the deciding Game Seven on their way to a World Series title last year.
St. Louis fell 9-½ games behind the first-placed Milwaukee Brewers in the NL Central, and have ace pitchers Chris Carpenter and Mark Mulder out with serious injuries, along with several position players.
The Cardinals did get a strong outing from Mike Maroth, who they acquired from the AL champion Detroit Tigers for future considerations on Friday.
Maroth allowed just one run on two hits over 7-1/3 innings, striking out four and walking two.
Aaron Heilman (6-3) tossed a scoreless 11th inning and picked up the win for the Mets. Starter Jorge Sosa went six solid innings, allowing just one run on six hits.
*The Atlanta Braves snapped a five-game losing streak by downing the Washington Nationals 4-1.
*The Milwaukee Brewers won for the 10th time in their past 12 games, downing the Houston Astros 6-1. Ben Sheets won his fifth straight decision and Prince Fielder hit his NL-leading 27th home run of the season for the Brewers.
*The Colorado Rockies scored six runs in the ninth inning to take the lead, but Alfonso Soriano's two-run single in the bottom of then ninth gave the Chicago Cubs a wild 10-9 win.