Cardinals Collapse, Mets Score 6 Runs in 9th to Win

By R.B. FALLSTROM | September 22, 2011 | 7:45 PM EDT

St. Louis Cardinals left fielder Shane Robinson dives but cannot reach a ball hit for a two-run double by New York Mets' Ruben Tejada during the ninth inning of a baseball game Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals blew a four-run lead in the ninth inning and hurt their wild-card hopes when shortstop Rafael Furcal misplayed a potential double-play grounder, allowing the New York Mets to rally for an 8-6 win Thursday.

Ahead 6-2, the Cardinals walked three batters in helping the Mets take the lead with a six-run burst. Willie Harris drew a walk to begin the inning and capped it with a tiebreaking, two-run single with two outs.

The loss dropped St. Louis two games behind idle Atlanta for the wild card. Each team has six games left.