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Monday, March 24, 2014
Mets 5, Cards 3: Murph drives in pair

By Adam Rubin

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Daniel Murphy had a two-run double in a three-run third inning against Shelby Miller and the Mets beat the St. Louis Cardinals, 5-3, Monday at Tradition Field.

Daisuke Matsuzaka blanked the Cards through six innings. Gonzalez Germen and Jose Valverde tossed scoreless relief innings, with Valverde protecting a two-run lead to notch the save.

The three-run third began when Ruben Tejada, batting in the No. 9 hole, walked. Eric Young Jr. followed with a bunt single. After Murphy's two-run double, David Wright advanced Murphy to third with a groundout and Granderson had a sacrifice fly.

The Mets' lead swelled to 4-0 in the sixth on Travis d'Arnaud's broken-bat RBI single.

What's next: Zack Wheeler opposes Stephen Strasburg on Tuesday at 1:05 p.m. in Viera (no Mets TV/radio).