New York With his first swing, Mike Bordick put himself into the Mets' record book. With his last, he put his new team in position to win.
Bordick homered on the first pitch he saw, then singled in the eighth inning to set up the tiebreaking run and give the victory to fellow newcomer Rick White as New York beat the St. Louis Cardinals, 4-3, on Saturday.
"The most exciting thing is to get a win and see how much energy is involved in a pennant chase," Bordick said. "It was definitely one of the greatest highlights of my career."
A day after the Mets made trades with Baltimore and Tampa Bay, they got instant results. Pinch-hitter Lenny Harris' RBI single gave the Mets their fifth straight victory and made them 5-0 against the Cardinals this season.
White (1-0) pitched a scoreless eighth. He walked two, and struck out pinch-hitter Shawon Dunston to escape.
"I haven't had that feeling since I first came up in '94," White said. "There was so much energy out there. The fans were yelling and screaming. I had to settle down."