Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 9/3/12
ST. LOUIS - Carlos Beltran provided the biggest assist of the day for the Cardinals on Monday while taking practice swings in the batting cage behind the team's dugout. It was Beltran, watching on television, who saw the Mets' Angel Torres miss first base after hitting an apparent double to lead off the ninth inning with the Cardinals clinging to a 5-4 lead. "When he hit the ball he was watching the ball," Beltran said. "He never looked at the bag. I saw sand coming off around the bag and I just went and told Mike (Matheny) 'Let's try to throw to first. It looked like he didn't touch the base.' We had nothing to lose. The umpire was looking down so he got a good look at what he did and he called him out." The call by umpire Dave Rackley, a vacation relief umpire, took the potential tying run off second base with nobody out. Jason Motte, who had come in to get the final two outs in the eighth with two runners on base, allowed a two-out walk to Ruben Tejada before closing out h...
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