Rapid Reaction: Mets 8, Cardinals 6

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WHAT IT MEANS: After a 139-minute rain delay, then a pregame ceremony by the Cardinals to honor Jason Isringhausen for reaching 300 career saves, the Mets rallied to win with a six-run ninth.

Ruben Tejada delivered a bases-loaded two-run double to tie the score in the ninth. After David Wright was retired, Willie Harris had a two-run single to put the Mets ahead.

The victory gave the Atlanta Braves a two-game lead in the wild-card standings over St. Louis, breathing life into their floundering season.

The Mets finished 43-38 on the road.

Bobby Parnell produced his first save since Sept. 4.

RECAP: Chris Capuano surrendered a two-run homer in the first inning to Allen Craig.

Albert Pujols added a solo homer in what became a two-run fifth as St. Louis took a 4-1 lead. It was Pujols’ fifth homer in 33 career at-bats against Capuano. He has a .545 average against the southpaw.

Capuano was pulled with two out and two in scoring position in the fifth. Right fielder Mike Baxter bailed the southpaw out of further damage when he made a diving catch on Ryan Theriot’s sinking liner after Ryota Igarashi entered in relief.

The Cardinals ultimately built a 6-1 lead before the Mets rallied.

News reports surfaced earlier in the day that the Boston Red Sox had been interested in acquiring Capuano this week in order to make a start Sunday against the Yankees.

Capuano hit the 180-inning mark exactly, earning an additional $200,000 bonus. His salary with bonuses has now hit $3.85 million. Capuano will earn another $75,000 for his final start of the season, so his final payout should end up at $3.925 million.

REYES TRACKER: Jose Reyes went 1-for-4 with a walk as his average dipped to .329. That is Reyes’ lowest average at the end of a game since May 28. He slipped to second place in the NL batting race. Ryan Braun is hitting .330 for Milwaukee, which is idle Thursday.

WHAT’S NEXT: The Mets head to New York for a season-ending six-game homestand. R.A. Dickey (8-13, 3.35 ERA) opposes Phillies left-hander Cole Hamels (14-9, 2.80) in Friday’s 7:10 p.m. series opener.