Mets Tailspin Brings Tie With Phillies

Plus tie with Rockies, one back of Padres, as wild weekend looms
By Jesse Andrews,  Newser User
Posted Sep 28, 2007 12:57 AM CDT
New York Mets catcher Paul Lo Duca, left, manager Willie Randolph, third baseman David Wright and pitcher Pedro Martinez confer on the mound during the seventh inning of their baseball game St. Louis...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – A start by ace Pedro Martinez was not enough to stall the Mets' meltdown, as Joel Pineiro and Jason Isringhausen of the Cardinals combined on a 3-0 shutout. With the Phillies beating Atlanta, New York dropped into a tie for the NL East lead after leading the division since mid-May. 41-year-old Moises Alou's hitting streak was halted at 30 games.

Meanwhile, in the wild card race, San Diego's win in Milwaukee left them one game up on a three-way tie between the Mets, Phillies, and the charging Rockies, who trounced LA 10-4 for their 11th straight win. Said a defiant David Wright: "If we go down, we’re going to go down with a fight.”