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MLB: St. Louis 6, San Diego 3

May 24, 2012 at 12:09 AM

ST. LOUIS, May 24 (UPI) -- Carlos Beltran broke open a tie game with a two-run homer in the fifth inning Wednesday, sending the St. Louis Cardinals to a 6-3 win over San Diego.

The Cardinals swept a three-game series from the Padres after having suffered four straight losses.

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Both teams scored three times in the first inning and the score remained deadlocked until Beltran hit his National League-leading 14th homer of the season. The blast came after Matt Holliday had opened the fifth with a single.

David Freese closed out the scoring with a solo shot in the seventh.

Lance Lynn (7-1) recovered from a rocky start to get the win with a six-inning effort. He gave up three runs on eight hits.

Jason Motte needed only nine pitches to get through a perfect ninth for his eighth save.

Jeff Suppan (2-3) was charged with the loss, giving up five runs on eight hits in 4 2/3. San Diego has lost five out of seven.

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