As he waited for Trevor Rosenthal to toe the pitching rubber in the ninth inning Thursday at Citi Field, Jose Reyes darted his eyes toward the right side of the infield. He noticed first baseman Matt Carpenter, on Cardinals manager Mike Matheny’s orders, backing toward the lip of the right-field grass. Reyes told himself if he hit a ball there, he was going to duck his head and sprint.
When he did, Reyes saw out of the corner of his eye that Rosenthal was hesitating atop the mound, slow to cover first. Reyes ran even faster — “There’s still something there for 34 years old,” he grinned afterward — to beat Rosenthal to the bag, earning a walk-off single in the Mets’ 3-2 win over the Cardinals.
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