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Martinez has surrendered 17 runs on 22 hits in 15 innings his last three starts. Interim manager Jerry Manuel put the three-time Cy Young winner on regular rest ahead of Mike Pelfrey, who also pitched in a doubleheader against the Yankees on Friday, in the hope that it might help him get into a groove.
Martinez settled in, but only after a disastrous first in which he allowed hits to five of the first six batters. Glaus had been 4-for-26 with 16 strikeouts, a homer and two RBIs against Martinez before homering to straightaway center on a full count.
The Mets cut the gap to a run with three runs on four hits in the third, including Carlos Beltran's RBI double and a two-run single by Easley. New York tied it in the fourth on Jose Reyes' major league-leading ninth triple, combined with a throwing error by left fielder Skip Schumaker.
Reyes had held up when Schumaker overthrew a relay home on Endy Chavez's flyout to medium left, then scored easily when the ball sailed over catcher Jason LaRue's outstretched glove.
Cardinals starter Joel Pineiro gave up 11 hits and four runs in five innings and is 0-2 in nine starts since his last victory April 29 over Cincinnati.
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