Fletcher scores twice as Sunderland beats Crystal Palace 3-1 in Premier League

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LONDON — Steven Fletcher scored twice as Sunderland beat Crystal Palace 3-1 Monday to climb out of the Premier League relegation zone.

Fletcher put the visitors ahead with a perfectly placed header in the 31st minute and then finished off the win in injury time by lifting the ball inside the far post with the outside of his left boot.

Palace had equalized through an own goal by Wes Brown in the 55th minute, but Jordi Gomez restored Sunderland's lead with a low strike from outside the area in the 79th. A frustrated Palace side went down to 10 men when Mile Jedinak was given a second booking for kicking out at Gomez, and Sunderland took advantage with a quick counterattack to score the third near the end.

Sunderland climbed to 15th with 11 points from 10 games, with Palace two points back in 17th.

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