New York, NY —
The Mets used pitching, defense, and speed to beat the Cardinals 4-2. The winner of tonight's game seven will play Detroit in the World Series.
Mets pitcher John Maine loaded the bases in the first inning, but managed to get out of the inning without giving up a run. Minutes later, lead-off hitter Jose Reyes hit a home run to give the Mets the lead which they never gave up.
The 25 year old Maine pitched the game of his life, besting the Cardinals Chris Carpenter -- who was last year's Cy Young award winner.
The Mets held a 2-0 lead until the 7th inning, when Paul LoDuca drove in two runs and Mets fans exhaled somewhat. So many fans were jumping up and down that some in the Upper Deck could feel the stadium undulate.
Tonight, the Mets will put their faith in another 25 year old pitcher -- Oliver Perez. He had three wins and thirteen losses this season and the Mets never expected he would be pitching a game seven... but the hard throwing right hander was impressive in his game four start.