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July 19: Mets 4, Cardinals 2

I guess I might as well put a positive spin on things by saying that Albert Pujols was successful Tuesday in padding his major league leading total of double plays by twin killing rallies in the fourth and eighth innings in a 4-2 loss to the Mets.

Jon Jay reached with one out in the fourth before Pujols grounded out to short. In the eighth Pujols came to the plate with the bases loaded and one out. He quickly got behind in the count and after fouling a couple of balls off, he squibbed a ball back up the middle that Jose Reyes picked up as he stepped on the bag and pegged Pujols at first.

Kyle Lohse allowed four runs over 5 2/3 innings. It could have been worse as he was pelted for 10 hits and he seemed to be in trouble in every frame. But he nearly got off the hook with only two runs allowed when manager Tony La Russa brought in lefty Raul Valdez to try to get a lefty hitter in the sixth. It didn't work out so well and the Birds found themselves down 4-1.

The Cardinals cut the deficit to two in the seventh when Lance Berkman hit a monster homer to right field. But they could move no closer, collecting only five hits on the night. The only other RBI safety came from the bat of Lohse in the fifth, his first RBI of the season.

If that wasn't enough to swallow, former Cardinals closer Jason Isringhausen pitched the ninth inning and collected his first save since he was with St. Louis back in 2008. The finish was the 294th of Izzy's career and it was of the 1-2-3 variety, something that was a rare sight during his last three or four years here.

Cardinals Star of the Game: Berkman

Cardinals Play of the Game: Berkman's homer

Lowlight: Pujols' two double plays.