St. Louis Cardinals defeat New York Mets, 8-7

AFTER WATCHING their ace get battered in the first inning and slogging through another marathon game against the Cardinals in which a late rally gave them a chance to win in the bottom of the ninth, the Mets faced a daunting choice: pitch to Albert Pujols or Matt Holliday with the go-ahead run on third in the 13th inning.

They chose to pitch to Pujols with runners on first and third instead of intentionally walking him, which would have put another runner in scoring pos...