Rosenthal late, Reyes hit in 9th lifts Mets over Cards 3-2

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NEW YORK – Cardinals pitcher Trevor Rosenthal was late covering first base on a two-out grounder by Jose Reyes that turned into a game-winning single in the ninth inning, lifting the New York Mets over St. Louis 3-2 Thursday.

A leadoff walk and T.J. Rivera’s single put runners on the corners with two outs. Reyes then hit a grounder up the first base line, and Matt Carpenter fielded it cleanly well behind the bag. Rosenthal (2-4) was slow to leave the mound, and the speedy Reyes easily beat him to the base with a eadfirst dive.

Carpenter never even made a throw. Rosenthal hurdled Reyes as they crossed paths.

Reyes’ fourth career walkoff RBI gave the Mets a split of the four-game series.

Addison Reed (1-2) pitched a perfect ninth.