NEW YORK — Adam Wainwright could smile and laugh on Tuesday night, which meant the St. Louis Cardinals could breathe a giant sigh of relief. Wainwright, the Cardinals’ ace right-hander, dodged serious injury when he suffered a hyperextended right knee trying to field the final out in the seventh inning of St. Louis’ 3-0 win over the New York Mets at Citi Field. “I’ll be all right, just give me a couple of days and everything will be all right,” Wainwright said after he improved to 4-1 and lowered his ERA to 1.46 by extending his scoreless innings streak to 17 innings. Wainwright was efficiently dominating the Mets on a rainy night in Queens when New York center fielder Chris Young popped up Wainwright’s 79th and final pitch into the no man’s land between the pitcher’s mound and first base.

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The only thing that stopped Adam Wainwright from throwing his second straight shutout was a hyperextended right knee. The perennial Cy Young Award contender tossed seven neat innings before leaving with an injury Tuesday night, and Jon Jay hit a two-run single that sent the St. Louis Cardinals to a 3-0 victory over the New York Mets. ”Just give me a couple of days and everything will be all right,” Wainwright said. Like I said, all is good.” Left fielder Matt Holliday robbed Chris Young of a tying homer, one night after the Mets played some dazzling defense of their own to post a shutout in the series opener.

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The picture Matt Harvey tweeted of himself making an obscene gesture on his way into surgery caused such a stir that the injured New York Mets ace shut down his Twitter account. Harvey said his mother took the picture and he posted it on Twitter because he was excited to mark the milestone and wanted to have a little fun. So it was all fun and games,” Harvey said in the dugout before the Mets played the St. Louis Cardinals. ”But I’ve kind of had enough with Twitter and I guess not being able to show your personal side, and I’ll keep those pictures to myself.” The photo generated plenty of attention online, and the Mets said they asked Harvey to take it down because they deemed it inappropriate.

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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 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.

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The only thing Jenrry Mejia popped Monday night was his fastball. Showing off a sizzling heater with wicked movement, Mejia pitched four-hit ball into the seventh inning and led the New York Mets over the St. Louis Cardinals 2-0. Mejia (3-0) bounced back well from a torn blister on his right middle finger that limited him to five innings in his last start. ”Coming off the blister … we weren’t sure what he was going to give us,” Mets manager Terry Collins said.

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NEW YORK — The New York Mets spent much of the off-season searching for an affordable upgrade at shortstop. They didn’t settle on a fifth starter until the weekend before an Opening Day in which they lost their closer for the season. But the players currently occupying those positions did just fine Monday night, when shortstop Ruben Tejada and right-handed pitchers Jenrry Mejia and Kyle Farnsworth all played vital roles in the Mets’ 2-0 win over the St. Louis Cardinals at Citi Field. Mejia, who was named the fifth starter over right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka, won his second straight start and continued to cement his hold on the job by throwing 6 2/3 solid innings of four-hit ball.

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Bobby Abreu got a quick lesson in the Mets’ many uniform color combinations from an equipment guy, tried on a few belts in the clubhouse and then hugged new teammate Bartolo Colon. The Mets called up Abreu from the minors on Monday night, hoping the former star outfielder can still provide a few key hits. He wasn’t in New York’s starting lineup against the St. Louis Cardinals. He began spring training this year with Philadelphia, was released in late March and signed a minor league deal a few days later with the Mets.

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NEW YORK (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals promoted left-hander Tyler Lyons from Triple-A Memphis and started him Monday night against the New York Mets.

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Craig Unger has been hired as general manager of the Memphis Redbirds as the St. Louis Cardinals take over daily management of their Triple-A affiliate.

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Bryce Harper will start Sunday in for the Nationals a day after he was replaced in the sixth inning for lack of hustle. Harper is scheduled to bat second in Washington’s lineup against the Cardinals. In the sixth inning on Saturday, Harper hit a comebacker to the mound and was easily thrown out at first base. The two-time All-Star was replaced in left field by Kevin Frandsen for the following inning.

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