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Mets 2, Cardinals 0

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NEW YORK -- Right-hander Jenrry Mejia threw 6 2/3 strong innings on Monday night and combined with three relievers on a six-hit shutout as the New York Mets beat the St. Louis Cardinals 2-0 at Citi Field.

Catcher Travis d'Arnaud had two hits, including an RBI single in the sixth, for the Mets (10-9), who won their second in a row to move above .500 for the second time this season. Third baseman David Wright boosted his hitting streak to 12 games with a third-inning RBI single.

Mejia gave up four hits and three walks while striking out seven in extending his career-high scoreless streak to 13 2/3 innings. He has a 2.16 ERA in nine starts since joining the Mets rotation last July.

Mejia did not allow a runner past first base until the sixth, when he surrendered consecutive one-out singles to third baseman Matt Carpenter and right fielder Allen Craig before he got left fielder Matt Holliday to pop out to second and retired first baseman Matt Adams on a grounder to second.

Mejia appeared to tire in the eighth and was pulled after issuing back-to-back two-out walks. Left-hander Scott Rice came in and got pinch-hitter Shane Robinson to ground out to third.

Rice got the first out of the eighth before giving way to right-hander Carlos Torres, who gave up a double to Craig before striking out Holliday and Adams.

Right-hander Kyle Farnsworth -- named the Mets' closer on Sunday -- picked up his first save after working around a leadoff single by catcher Yadier Molina in the ninth.

Carpenter, Craig and Molina each had two hits apiece for the Cardinals (11-9), who have lost two straight and four of their last six.

Left-hander Tyler Lyons took the loss in his season debut for the Cardinals after allowing the two runs, six hits and four walks while striking out seven.

The Mets took a 1-0 lead in the third. Lyons was one strike from a perfect inning before left fielder Eric Young singled for New York's first hit of the game.

Three pitches later, Lyons plunked slumping Mets right fielder Curtis Granderson and Wright followed with a broken-bat RBI single to score Young.

Mejia allowed just two hits in cruising through the first four innings before issuing six straight balls to shortstop Jhonny Peralta and center fielder Jon Jay to open the fifth. But he recovered and induced Jay to hit into a 6-4-3 double play that shortstop Ruben Tejada began with a sprawling stop behind second base.

NOTES: Before the game, the Mets recalled OF Bobby Abreu from Triple-A Las Vegas and optioned OF Andrew Brown to the same affiliate. Abreu, 40, will be used as a pinch-hitter and see occasional starts in the outfield. He has not played in the majors since 2012 but was hitting .395 with nine RBIs in 39 at-bats at Las Vegas. Brown was batting .185 with one homer and five RBIs in 27 at-bats. ... The 12-game hitting streak for Mets 3B David Wright is his team-record 18th streak of at least 10 games. ... To make room for LHP Tyler Lyons, the Cardinals optioned RHP Jorge Rondon to Triple-A Memphis after Sunday's game. Rondon did not appear in a game in four days on the Cardinals' roster. ... All 20 Cardinals games this season have been started by pitchers who have never played for another big league club. Of their 183 games since the start of 2013, all but 19 have been started by career-long Cardinals. RHP Jake Westbrook made 19 of those starts before retiring in the off-season.
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