Cosart on point, Morse hits Marlins' first spring homer

Miami starter begins the afternoon strong by retiring all six batters he faced

Cosart on point, Morse hits Marlins' first spring homer

JUPITER, Fla. -- After a clean first inning, Cardinals starter Lance Lynn faced three batters in the second inning before exiting the Cardinals' 5-2 victory over the Marlins at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, with a left hip flexor injury. Of the 24 pitches Lynn threw, just 11 went for strikes. He left a bases-loaded, no-outs mess to reliever Mitch Harris, who did well to limit the Marlins to one run in the inning.

Miami starter Jarred Cosart, making his first Grapefruit League start, began the afternoon strong by retiring all six batters he faced. He struck out two and threw 16 of his 24 pitches for strikes.

"He looked great," Marlins manager Mike Redmond said of Cosart. "His tempo was excellent. I thought even his breaking ball may have just missed. But overall, a great outing. That was fun to watch."  

Michael Morse tallied the Marlins' first home run of the Grapefruit League season with a towering blast to left in the fourth off Cardinals reliever Tim Cooney, who logged two innings in his second spring appearance. Along with the unearned run Morse scored in the second off Lynn, the Marlins had a two-run advantage.

The Cardinals cut into Miami's lead against Justin Nicolino with a fifth-inning run. Two-out singles by Pete Kozma and Xavier Scruggs turned the lineup over to Jason Heyward, who beat out an infield chopper for an RBI single.

A pair of two-run homers from Tommy Pham and Randal Grichuk, who hit a solo shot Saturday, in the bottom of the seventh inning closed out the scoring.

Both teams also offered dazzling defensive plays by their respective right fielders. Ichiro Suzuki showed off his arm by cutting down Dean Anna attempting to go first-to-third on a single. An inning later, Heyward robbed Donovan Solano of a longer at-bat by making a diving catch over the lip of the bullpen mound in foul territory.

Up next: David Phelps is getting the starting nod in place of Mat Latos, who was initially scheduled to make his Grapefruit League debut. Latos is being eased back into game action after an injury-marred 2014. Latos is reportedly fine, and will throw a simulated game in Jupiter, Fla. Phelps, meanwhile, is in the mix for the Marlins' fifth starter spot. He has made one relief appearance this spring, throwing two scoreless innings.

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