Cards hold off Mets 7-6 in 11 to move into playoff position

(AP)- Edmundo Sosa hit the go-ahead single in a three-run 11th inning and the hard-charging St. Louis Cardinals climbed all the way back into playoff position with a 7-6 victory over the New York Mets.

New York scored twice in the bottom of the 11th and had two runners aboard when Kwang Hyun Kim retired pinch-hitter Albert Almora Jr. for his second career save, ending a back-and-forth game that took 4 hours, 34 minutes.

Pinch-hitter Andrew Knizner delivered a two-run single to give the Cardinals needed breathing room as they shook off Javier Báez’s tying homer in the ninth. Tyler O’Neill homered and drove in three runs for the streaking Cardinals, who vaulted into the second NL wild-card slot.

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