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Molina's blast clinches it
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Cardinals 3, Mets 1
MVP Jeff Suppan posted his second sterling start of the NLCS in Game 7. (Al Bello/Getty)
 Belliard's safety squeeze: 350K
 Wilson collides with Edmonds: 350K
 Molina's two-run homer: 350K
 Cardinals win pennant: 350K
 Cards receive NL trophy: 350K
 Suppan named NLCS MVP: 350K
 Suppan and Molina on Game 7: 350K
 La Russa's postgame remarks: 350K
Yadier Molina broke a tied Game 7 in the ninth inning with a two-run homer to lift the Cards into the World Series vs. the Tigers. Ronnie Belliard's squeeze bunt scored St. Louis' other run in the second to back Jeff Suppan's dominant start, in which he allowed the Mets two hits over seven-plus innings.
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STL
October 19, 2006
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
St. Louis
0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2   3 6 1
NY Mets
1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0   1 4 1
NYM
St. LouisABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Eckstein, SS3010000.231
Wilson, LF3000033.176
  a-Spiezio, PH1000010.235
  Taguchi, LF00000001.000
Pujols, 1B2000202.318
Encarnacion, RF4000014.182
Edmonds, CF3110110.227
Rolen, 3B4110002.238
Molina, C4122000.348
Belliard, 2B3011000.240
Suppan, P2000011.333
  Flores, P0000000.000
  b-Rodriguez, PH1000000.000
  Wainwright, P0000000.000
Totals303633712 

a-Struck out for Wilson in the 8th. b-Grounded out for Flores in the 9th.

BATTING
2B: Eckstein (1, Perez).
HR: Molina (2, 9th inning off Heilman, 1 on, 1 out).
TB: Eckstein 2; Edmonds; Rolen; Molina 5; Belliard.
RBI: Belliard (2), Molina 2 (6).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Encarnacion; Suppan; Pujols.
S: Belliard; Suppan.
GIDP: Encarnacion.
Team LOB: 6.

FIELDING
E: Rolen (2, throw).

 
NY MetsABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Reyes, SS5000002.281
Lo Duca, C4000100.207
  1-Hernandez, A, PR0000000.000
Beltran, CF4110113.296
Delgado, 1B1000311.304
Wright, 3B4011012.160
Green, RF3000114.304
Valentin, 2B3010013.250
Chavez, LF4010005.185
Perez, P2000000.000
  Bradford, P0000000.000
  a-Tucker, PH1000000.400
  Heilman, P0000000.000
  b-Floyd, PH1000012.000
Totals321416622 

a-Flied out for Bradford in the 7th. b-Struck out for Heilman in the 9th.
1-Ran for Lo Duca in the 9th.

BATTING
2B: Beltran (1, Suppan).
TB: Beltran 2; Wright; Valentin; Chavez.
RBI: Wright (2).
2-out RBI: Wright.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Green; Chavez 3; Beltran 2.
Team LOB: 11.

FIELDING
E: Delgado (3, fielding).
Outfield assists: Chavez (Edmonds at 1st base).
DP: 2 (Wright-Valentin-Delgado, Chavez-Valentin-Delgado).

 
St. LouisIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Suppan 7.02115200.60
Flores (W, 1-0)1.00000200.00
Wainwright (S, 2)1.02001200.00
 
NY MetsIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Perez 6.04112404.63
Bradford 1.00000000.00
Heilman (L, 0-1)2.02221314.15

Suppan pitched to 1 batter in the 8th.

IBB: Green (by Suppan), Pujols (by Perez), Pujols (by Heilman).
HBP: Valentin (by Suppan), Eckstein (by Perez).
Pitches-strikes: Suppan 104-65, Flores 14-9, Wainwright 28-17, Perez 88-61, Bradford 13-10, Heilman 38-24.
Ground outs-fly outs: Suppan 8-11, Flores 1-0, Wainwright 0-1, Perez 5-9, Bradford 2-1, Heilman 3-0.
Batters faced: Suppan 30, Flores 3, Wainwright 6, Perez 24, Bradford 3, Heilman 9.
Inherited runners-scored: Flores 1-0.
Umpires: HP: Tim Welke. 1B: Jim Joyce. 2B: Jerry Layne. 3B: Fieldin Culbreth. LF: Jeff Kellogg. RF: Gary Darling.
Weather: 67 degrees, cloudy.
Wind: 12 mph, Out to LF.
T: 3:23.
Att: 56,357.

Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball Office of the Commissioner
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