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Mike Hampton earned the Mets their fourth National League pennant when he shut out the Cardinals on a three-hitter. AP
Hampton, Mets close out Cards, clinch pennant
Next stop, the World Series. The New York Mets held up their half of a potential Subway Series showdown Monday by closing out the St. Louis Cardinals 7-0 in Game 5 of the National League Championship Series at Shea Stadium. Mike Hampton secured series MVP honors with an overpowering three-hitter as the Mets advanced to the World Series for the first time since 1986.
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||Game 4: Mets pound Kile, take 3-1 series lead|
New York pounded Kile with a record five doubles in a four-run first inning en route to 10-6 win.
||Game 3: Benes pitches Cards back into series|
Down two games to none, the Cardinals jumped all over Mets starter Rick Reed in Game 3.
||Game 2: Mets pull out wild one in the ninth|
The Mets take a commanding 2-0 lead in the NLCS back to Shea Stadium for the next three games.
||Game 1: Hampton comes alive, stifles Cards|
Jay Payton belted a two-run home run as the Mets take a 1-0 lead in the NLCS.