Lynn exits early; Pham and Grichuk power Cards

Cards' starter pitches into the second before leaving with hip flexor strain

Lynn exits early; Pham and Grichuk power Cards

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.

"I was throwing the ball where I wanted to in the first," Lynn said. "In the second inning, I just couldn't get it back. When you're out of the windup, it's a lot easier. Then sitting down on the bench, you have to get used to doing that [going up and down]."

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.

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 for the Cardinals: Michael Wacha, pitching for the first time since he served up a game-winning home run to Travis Ishikawa in the National League Championship Series, will start against Boston in the Cardinals' 12:05 p.m. CT game on Monday. Tyler Lyons and Zack Petrick, both candidates for Triple-A rotation spots, will be available in relief. Boston's Allen Craig is also scheduled to make the trip back to his Spring Training grounds for the first time since the Cardinals dealt him away.

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