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ST. Jamie Benn Jersey . LOUIS -- Lance Lynn figured the numbers did not lie and Bartolo Colon would be an automatic out. The rest of the St. Louis Cardinals, too. Lynn was philosophical about the 41-year-old Colons first extra-base hit of his career and first hit -- period -- in nine years that keyed the rally that helped the New York Mets win 3-2 Wednesday. Lynn joked that Colon was probably due. "I thought there was no way he was swinging, and he swung," Lynn said. "In all honesty, that at-bat right there cost us the game. "You dont expect him to be the one that starts something like that, and he did." Colon said through an translator he got what he wished for -- a fastball -- and would have whiffed on a breaking pitch. Twice, he loosened up the dugout running the bases. "It made everybody laugh," leadoff man Eric Young Jr. "Sometimes laughter gets everything going and you can start having fun playing baseball." In addition to his keepsake double, Colon worked eight dominant innings in 91-degree heat against a lineup that totalled 11 runs the first two games. "He got a lot of weak contact," catcher Taylor Teagarden said. "Thats exactly what you want from your starter on a tough day game, a get-away game after already being down 0-2 in the series." Eric Young and David Wright had an RBI apiece in a two-run sixth that put the Mets up by a run, and Young added an RBI double off Seth Maness in the seventh -- a run aided by Colons second sacrifice of the game. A day after dropping their sixth straight series in St. Louis, the Mets ended an eight-game road losing streak dating to June 3. Matt Carpenter hit his third career leadoff homer for the Cardinals, who lost for the second time in nine games. They had just one runner in scoring position against Colon (7-5), who retired 13 in a row before Daniel Descalso singled with two outs in the eighth. "He left one out over the plate and I was able to put a good swing on it," Carpenter said. "But he didnt make any mistakes after that one." Colon was 0 for 43 at the plate since June 10, 2005, when he was with the Angels and singled off the Mets Mike DeJean. He had taken only 17 at-bats while in the American League from 2006-13. Colon surprised Lance Lynn (7-5) with a double just inside the third-base line to open the sixth. He scored his second career run, and first since 2002 with the Expos at Milwaukee, when Young followed with a double. Colon won his fifth straight decision and matched his season best for innings, needing just 86 pitches. He allowed four hits, had a season-low one strikeout and walked none, substituting deception for velocity. The Mets batted the pitcher eighth the first two games of the series but returned to a traditional look for the finale with Colon taking a turn. Left-hander Dana Eveland retired lefty swinging Matt Adams for the final out and his second career save, and first since 2005, after Allen Craigs infield RBI single off Jenrry Mejia. The Mets won for just the fourth time in 15 games. Collins said he took out Mejia because Adams has been so dangerous. "You keep reading every day in the notes that hes won game after game with a home run or a hit off right-handed pitching," Collins said. "So he was going to have to get a hit off a lefty." Wright just missed giving the Mets three doubles in four at-bats, settling for the go-ahead RBI single. Wright beat the relay to second on an opposite-field flare down the right field line but was tagged out by Descalso when he tried to switch feet. Lynn worked six innings and allowed five hits and two runs. NOTES: Colon is 5-0 with a 1.66 ERA his last six starts. ... The Cardinals begin a four-game series against the Phillies Thursday with Shelby Miller (7-5, 3.42) opposing David Buchanan (2-3, 3.97). The Mets begin a four-game set at Miami with Zack Wheeler (2-7, 4.38) facing Andrew Heaney, making his major league debut. ... Carpenter had two hits after getting a day off. ... The Mets optioned OF Matt den Dekker to Triple-A Las Vegas and recalled OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis. ... The Cardinals had three outfield assists the first 71 games, and two Wednesday. Brian Bellows Jersey . Andrew Luck couldnt believe his ears. Colts fans couldnt believe the scoreboard, and the Kansas City Chiefs couldnt believe their incredibly bad luck. Jaromir Jagr Jersey . In mens doubles, Vancouvers Vasek Pospisil and American Jack Sock reached the quarter-finals with a 7-6 (3), 7-6 (3), 6-4 win over Croatian Mate Pavic and Andre Sa of Brazil.Imagine the proposition of taking on Didier Drogba, Andrea Pirlo, Kaka and David Villa. We pick the MLS All-Star line-up who could face Arsenal. The MLS All-Stars will play last seasons Premier League runners-up Arsenal in a friendly on Thursday (live coverage on Sky Sports 2 HD from 00.50am on Friday).The squad was announced on July 17 with All-Star head coach, and San Jose Earthquakes boss, Dominic Kinnear choosing 24 of the 26 selected players. League commissioner Don Garber was given two squad picks, and decided to opt for FC Dallas playmaker Mauro Diaz and Real Salt Lake stalwart Kyle Beckerman rather than the big names of Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard. Arsenal will face the best of MLS in the 2016 MLS All-Star Game on Thursday, July 28 at Avaya Stadium in San Jose However, there are still plenty of great players on the roster. The question is, who will make the starting XI? Here, we pick what we think is the strongest line-up of those players named in the squad to face Arsenal...Andre Blake Andre Blake has been one of the leagues standout goalkeepers Andre Blake has earned rave reviews throughout the 2016 season for his dominant displays in goal for the impressive Philadelphia Union.A first round pick in the 2015 MLS SuperDraft, the Jamaica international was a substitute for the majority of his first professional season.But one year on, Blake has gone on to become Philadelphias undisputed starting choice in goal, making a number of highlight-reel worthy saves throughout the campaign.Steve Birnbaum Birnbaums performances in MLS has resulted in call-ups to the national team Steve Birnbaum has been a regular in a D.C. Uniteds defence throughout the season, and impressed enough to be called into Jurgen Klinsmanns USA squad for the Copa America.The 25-year-old has attracted interest from Europe for his performances, and is regarded as one of the leagues brightest defensive talents.Laurent Ciman Laurent Ciman has played a vital role in Montreal Impacts backline Since joining Montreal Impact during the 2015 season, Ciman is widely regarded as one of the best defenders in the MLS and has been given the nod for the All-Star game for the second successive year.The Belgium international has been an integral part of the Impact side, and was named MLS defender of the year in 2015.Kendall Waston Kendall Waston is one of the leagues most uncompromising centre backs One of the most physically-imposing defenders around, standing at 6ft 5in, Waston has established himself as a no-nonsense centre back for Vancouver Whitecaps. The Costa Rica international was the clubs Player of the Year last season and was nominated to the MLS Best XI.Kaka Kaka is Orlando Citys captain The Brazil midfielder is the key playmaker for Orlando, having been the club captain since joining before their first ever MLS season in 2015.Injuries have limited Kakas number of appearances this season, playing and starting in just nine matches and scoring three goals.However, the winner of the 2007 Ballon Dor has still impressed in the games he has featured in, contributing five assists. Thats just two fewer than his total in 2015.Andrea Pirlo Andrea Pirlo has scored one goal during his time in MLS Despite a rocky start, Pirlo looks to have finally settled down in a slightly more advanced midfield role with eight assists to his name in 2016 for New York City. Dan Hamhuis Jersey. Playing alongside Frank Lampard and former Athletic Bilbao defender Andoni Iraola acting as the holding midfielder, Pirlo has been able to play with greater creativity. The Italian scored his first goal in MLS with a free-kick against Philadelphia Union on June 18.Giovani dos Santos Giovani dos Santos is LA Galaxys top scorer this season Giovani dos Santos has been the most productive attacking player for LA Galaxy this season with seven goals and six assists. Only Steven Gerrard has more assists than Dos Santos with seven overall.Dos Santos had his most successful period this season between the end of April and the start of May where he scored five goals in four matches.Jermaine Jones USA international Jermaine Jones has enjoyed a good start to life with Colorado Rapids Having joined Colorado from New England Revolution just days before this season starting, Jones had to begin with a six-match ban for his conduct towards a referee after being sent off in the knockout round of the play-offs against D.C United the previous season.But his displays since then have helped take Colorado to a surprise second place in the Western Conference standings. The combative midfielder could be a strong defensive influence in what is sure to be an attack-heavy All-Stars team lining up against Arsenal.Sebastian Giovinco Sebastian Giovinco scored a hat-trick against DC United on Saturday Giovinco was in the midst of an eight-game goal drought, but ended the run with a hat-trick against D.C. United on Saturday night. The dry spell was surprising, considering last season he was the leagues leader in goals and assists.However, despite the mid-season slump, the 29-year-old is still enjoying a successful campaign. He has scored 11 goals and added seven assists in 19 matches. Recently, he won the ESPY award for best MLS player.Didier Drogba Didier Drogba has quickly become a fan favourite in Montreal Arsenal may be fearful of the former Chelsea talisman who boasts a record of 15 goals in 15 Premier League games against the Gunners.And in MLS, Drogba has had an immense impact on the league having scored 19 goals in 23 appearances during the end of the 2015 campaign and the start of 2016. In his first 11 matches with the Impact, he scored 11 goals and most recently scored a hat-trick against Philadelphia Union on Saturday night.David Villa David Villa is currently MLS top goalscorer Villa is currently the top goalscorer in MLS with 13 goals for New York City. The former Spain international predominantly operates as the lone striker in Patrick Vieiras 4-3-3 formation, and with an impressive support cast of Lampard, Pirlo and young Englishman Jack Harrison providing goal opportunities, Villa has every chance of beating his goal tally of 13 goals last season.Notable AbsenteesBradley Wright-Phillips - Has scored 11 goals this season but they have come in patches. Wright-Phillips started the season with a seven-game goal drought.Robbie Keane - Struggled for minutes this season after battling injury and being part of Republic of Irelands Euro 2016 squad, but still has six goals in nine matches. Frank Lampard has been in strong form for New York City in recent weeks Frank Lampard - Did not start his first league game this season until June 16 because of injury, but now has an impressive five goals in his last seven matches.  Steven Gerrard - Has three goals and seven assists in 14 games played this season.Watch the MLS All-Star team v Arsenal in a live Major League Soccer special on Sky Sports 2 HD from 00.50am on Friday. Also See: Drogba, Pirlo to face Arsenal WATCH: Arsenal to play MLS All-Stars Wright-Phillips inspires derby win WATCH: McNamaras rocket strike Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '

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