NCLS: It All Comes Down to Tonight


NEW YORK (AP) - When you hear the words Game Seven it usually means something special is going on. And that's just the case tonight in New York, where the Mets and St. Louis Cardinals will play one game to decide the national league pennant.

Last night's 4-to-2 victory over the visiting Redbirds put history on the side of the Mets. Home teams that have won a Game Six to tie a postseason series have won eleven straight Game Sevens since 1975.

The Cards will start Jeff Suppan, who pitched eight shutout innings to win Game Three. Mets skipper Willie Randolph is going with Oliver Perez, who got the win in Game Four despite a shaky performance. He gave up five runs in five and two-thirds innings.

Tonight's winner advances to play the well-rested Tigers in the World Series starting Saturday night in Detroit. The American League champions haven't played since Saturday, when the wrapped up an ALCS sweep of Oakland with their seventh straight postseason victory.