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Single in Ninth Lifts Boston Past St. Louis
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) -- Josh Beckett pitched three scoreless innings and struck out three, and Che-Shuan Lin hit a run-scoring single in the ninth inning to lead the Boston Red Sox to a 7-6 exhibition win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Monday.

Boston pitchers kept the Cardinals hitless into the seventh inning.

In five innings this spring, Beckett has given up just one run.

Chris Carpenter, making his first appearance of the spring, went two innings for St. Louis. He gave up a run on four hits with a strikeout and no walks.

Three-time National League MVP Albert Pujols did not make the cross-state trip because of discomfort in his back. He is not expected to play Tuesday against the Minnesota Twins.

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