Mets take two-game lead in N.L. East with win against Cardinals

Mike Pelfrey threw seven strong innings and Carlos Delgado, Jose Reyes and Argenis Reyes drove in two runs each Friday night as the New York Mets beat the St. Louis Cardinals 7-2.

The win – combined with the Phillies’ loss to Atlanta – gives the Mets a two-game lead in the National League East.

David Wright broke a scoreless tie in the third with a line-drive double down the left field line to score Endy Chavez (3-for-4). The next inning, Jose Reyes (2-for-5) just missed clearing the right-center field fence with a two-RBI triple.

In the fifth, Delgado knocked a two-run blast into the scoreboard for his 20th homer of the season, and Argenis Reyes singled home Carlos Beltran for the Mets’ sixth run. Argenis made it seven in the seventh with his first Major League home run, a shot to the deep part of Shea in right-center.

Pelfrey gave up just one earned run, seven hits and one walk while throwing five strikeouts (three of them to Albert Pujols). He lost his no hitter in the first when Ryan Ludwick singled to left, increasing our count to 7,423 games without a New York Mets no hitter.

Joe Smith took care of business in the eighth inning, and Pedro Feliciano and Aaron Heilman cleaned up a bases-loaded mess in the ninth left by Duaner Sanchez. giving the Mets the win.

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