Angel Pagan made up for some lazy plays in the outfield with a walk off home run in the bottom of the 10th. The Mets won 6-5 and have won the first two games of the series against St. Louis. The Mets move to 48-47, once again, slightly over the .500 mark.

NEW YORK, NY - JULY 19:  Angel Pagan #16 of the New York Mets hits a fifth inning two run double against the St. Louis Cardinals at Citi Field on July 19, 2011 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.

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What Happened:

The Mets found themselves in a 4-0 hole after three innings, but fought their way back, twice to force the game into extra’s when Angel Pagan decided he didn’t want everyone to deal with Nomar Garciaparra and Mike Patrick eating birthday cake on air.

R.A. Dickey had two hits tonight, including an RBI slash single. Josh Thole, his first game back after becoming a proud father, had two RBIs including a game tying single that scored Pagan in the bottom of the eighth. Carlos Beltran tied the game at four with a long two run homer that found the upper deck in right field. A healthy Beltran is going to help someone make a run at the pennant, and I’m bitter it won’t be in Queens. You’ll be missed Carlos.

New York got away with it, but the in the top of the 7th, the Cardinals led off the inning with a single up the middle, however Angel Pagan made a lazy play on the ball and allowed the runner to get to second. After a successful sacrifice bunt by Nick Punto, the Cardinals were threatening to take the lead with a runner on third and only one out. The bullpen however did their job, relieving Dickey and getting the final two outs of the inning.

In the following inning, Holliday was on first and a Lance Berkman fly out to left field was the first out of the inning. However, Holliday was tagging all the way. Pagan is the centerfielder and should always be near the ball when it’s in the gaps. Had Pagan been in the vicinity to let Harris know he was tagging, Holliday never gets to second, and probably doesn’t score.

Little things Angel, little things. Thankfully, you made up for it with your first career walk off home run.

The Mets will look for the sweep tomorrow afternoon in the 12:10 matinee.

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