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Redding thwarts Cardinals, posts first victory with Mets

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NEW YORK – Tim Redding pitched into the eighth inning for his first win with the Mets and substitute setup man Brian Stokes got Albert Pujols to ground into a crucial double play to lead New York past the St. Louis Cardinals, 6-4, on Monday.

Daniel Murphy homered and Omir Santos went 4 for 4 in an uplifting victory for the Mets, hours after they received another dose of disheartening news. All-Star center fielder Carlos Beltran went on the 15-day disabled list with a bone bruise on his right knee, a huge blow to a team already decimated by key injuries.

Before the game, New York manager Jerry Manuel said he would keep a close eye on the spirit of his squad, also missing star shortstop Jose Reyes, slugging first baseman Carlos Delgado and three important pitchers.

At Atlanta, Javier Vazquez and three Atlanta relievers combined to shut out the Chicago Cubs, 2-0.

In a makeup game caused by a June 4 rainout, the Braves won a series for the first time since completing a three-game sweep of Toronto on May 24. The Braves had gone 0-5-3 in their last eight series. Atlanta and Chicago split the first two games of the original series June 2-3.

Atlanta, which snapped a two-game slide, ended the Cubs’ four-game winning streak. (AP)

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ALBERT PUJOLS

AT ATLANTA

ATLANTA AND CHICAGO

BRIAN STOKES

CARLOS BELTRAN

CARLOS DELGADO

CHICAGO CUBS

DANIEL MURPHY

JAVIER VAZQUEZ

JERRY MANUEL

NEW YORK

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