NEW YORK — After more than 4 1/2 hours of back-and-forth baseball, the St. Louis Cardinals finally control their playoff fate again.

Edmundo Sosa hit the go-ahead single in a three-run 11th inning and the hard-charging Cardinals climbed all the way back into postseason position Tuesday night with a 7-6 victory over the New York Mets.

“We’re looking out the windshield, not the rearview mirror,” manager Mike Shildt said. “We still need to go out and take care of business every night.”

New York scored twice in the bottom of the 11th and had two runners aboard when Kwang Hyun Kim retired pinch-hitter Albert Almora Jr. on a grounder for his second career save — at last closing out a mentally grueling game that took 4 hours, 34

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