Tempting fateThe last time Johan Santana and Jaime Garcia pitched against each other the game went 20 innings.   The New York Mets tempted fate by juggling their rotation, bouncing Hisanori Takahashi from his scheduled start, to keep starter Santana on normal rest for tonight's game versus the St. Louis Cardinals and their starter Garcia.   Santana responded by throwing 38 1st inning pitches to 12 St. Louis Cardinals batters allowing them 6 runs before the Mets ever came to bat seemingly putting the threat of extra innings to rest.   Garcia surrendered a 2-run double to Met reserve Mike Hessman in the bottom of the inning and after 1 it was 6-2 Cardinals.Poppa Doo (snicker)The saga continued and Santana remained in the game.   He retired the first 2 Cardinals in the top of the 6th then surrendered consecutive singles to John Jay and Albert Pujols.   Matt Holliday then doubled to drive Jay in and Santana from the game.   He exited having given up 7 runs on 13 hits in 5 2/3 innings.   Manny Acosta relieved and struck out Yadier Molina to end the threat.   The Mets got that run back in the bottom of the 6th and may have had more if not for some poor base running by David Wright.   He singled leading off the inning but slid past the 2nd base bag attempting to stretch the hit into a double and was tagged out.   The next batter, Carlos Beltran, hit his 1st home run of the season but Garcia retired the next 2 batters.   After 6 innings it was 7-3 Cardinals."Use the fours, Luke."In the bottom of the 8th St. Louis manager Tony LaRussa used 4 pitchers in total and the Mets light-sabered their way to 4 runs to tie the game.   Luis Castillo got it started with a single off reliever Mitchell Boggs.   Angel Pagan followed with a homer to make it 7-5.   Then Wright singled and 1 out later Hessman was hit by a pitch after which Jason Motte relieved Boggs.   Motte induced Jeff Francoeur to fly out and was promptly relieved by Dennys Reyes.   Reyes walked Josh Thole to load the bases for pinch-hitter Ike Davis who grounded a single in the hole between 1st & 2nd driving in Wright and Hessman with the tying runs.   7-7 after 8 and fans reminded each other of the 20 inning game.The intervening innings have been canceled so that we may bring you to the 13th.Flash Forward to the top of the 13th.   Pedro Feliciano (2-6) was on the mound for the Mets having come in with 1 on and none out in the 12th and getting a fielder's choice and double play to get out of it.   Now in the 13th with 1 out he hit Skip Schumaker with a pitch then walked Felipe Lopez to put runners on 1st and 2nd.   He induced Jay to ground into a fielder's choice making it 2 outs with runners on 1st and 3rd and bringing Pujols to the plate.   Having no right handed relievers left Jerry Manuel decided to have Feliciano pitch to Pujols who singled to left driving home Schumaker with the go-ahead run.   Holliday was then intentionally walked to load the bases.   Left handed reliever Raul Valdes came on for Feliciano to face pitcher Adam Wainwright pinch-hitting for pitcher Mike MacDougal (1-0) who had just made his St. Louis debut.   Valdes threw a pitch that rolled away slightly from the catcher Thole and Jay tried to score.   Thole picked up the ball and fired it to Valdes who tagged Jay out at the plate to end the top of the inning with the Cardinals leading 8-7.   St. Louis closer Ryan Franklin threw a 1-2-3 bottom of the inning for his 19th save.   Final St. Louis 8, New York 7 in 13 innings.box score"Read all about it!"