Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Cards Catch Mets in Race for Worst

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Cards Catch Mets in Race for Worst

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A Cardinals lineup looking much like the Louisville Redbirds was not quite equal to the Dodgers on Wednesday night as Los Angeles won for the second night in a row 4-2.

The loss was the Cardinals' 10th in their past 12 games and dropped them into a tie with the New York Mets for the worst record in the National League at 39-57. They have scored only 24 runs in those 12 games.

Because of injury, illness, an accident to Ray Lankford's daughter and a managerial decision to rest Brian Jordan for most of the night, left fielder Bernard Gilkey was the only Cardinal on the field who was classified as a regular when the season began.

Yet, they had a chance to tie the game in the ninth after Allen Battle singled and drove in late-inning replacement Jordan, who had doubled. But Todd Worrell, who struck out three hitters in then ninth, fanned pinch-hitter Gerald Perry to end the game.

Dodgers starter Tom Candiotti (6-10), who never had lost to the Cardinals in St. Louis in five starts, was only 1-2 against them at Dodger Stadium before Wednesday night. But Candiotti held the Cardinals to seven hits and one run for 6 2/3 innings as the Dodgers moved one game behind the Colorado Rockies in the National League Western Division race.

Eric Karros' two-run homer, his third home run in three games and 22nd of the season, broke open a tight game in the sixth inning. Mike Morgan suffered his fourth loss in six decisions as a Cardinal and is 4-5 overall.

Morgan, a former Dodger, pitched around a leadoff double by rookie Chad Fonville in the Los Angeles first.

First baseman Mark Sweeney made a diving stop of Jose Offerman's one-hopper as Fonville went to third. The Cardinals have been so punchless that they had to play their infield in during the first inning with Raul Mondesi at bat but the strategy worked as Mondesi grounded to shortstop Jose Oquendo, who held Fonville at third. Right fielder John Mabry then made a spectacular sliding catch in foul ground off Mike Piazza before he banged into the wall in front of the right-field box seats. …

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