Nats' Roark, Cards' Lynn make spring debuts

Nats' Roark, Cards' Lynn make spring debuts

JUPITER, Fla. -- Tanner Roark tossed three scoreless innings in his Grapefruit League debut and Trea Turner hit a solo homer, but the Cardinals rallied for four runs in the eighth inning to steal a 5-4 victory over the Nationals at Roger Dean Stadium on Monday.

It marked the first of eight Grapefruit League games between the clubs.

The Cardinals jumped on Nationals reliever Braulio Lara in a four-run rally that featured several players who had been summoned from the team's early Minor League camp, which began Sunday.

Luke Voit started the rally with a home run. Nick Martini capped the inning with a go-ahead three-run double to give the Cardinals their first lead.

"It seems like they always do well, but that was incredible today," said bench coach David Bell, who served as the Cardinals' manager in the split-squad game. "They just got off a plane [Sunday]. It would have been nice if they had a couple more days of BP, but it was nice to get in a game like that and contribute. That can go a long way for these kids."

Roark, who will be representing the U.S. in the World Baseball Classic, scattered two hits and struck out four in his first spring start. He threw 26 of his 37 pitches for strikes.

Roark revved up to represent US in Classic

"I feel like I worked real hard this offseason, started to throw a lot earlier, just wanted to get the arm in shape," he said. "That was the biggest key to be ready for the WBC."

Norris' RBI single

Cardinals right-hander Lance Lynn, making his first appearance since undergoing Tommy John surgery in November 2015, allowed one run on four hits in his two-inning start. Derek Norris tagged Lynn with an RBI single in the second to push Washington ahead early.

After missing '16, Lynn returns to mound

After the Cardinals answered with Jhonny Peralta's fourth-inning sacrifice fly, Turner took non-roster invitee Jack Flaherty deep to open the fifth.

Speier has Trea's back in switch to shortstop

Turner's solo home run

Flaherty's appearance followed two scoreless innings from Trevor Rosenthal, who is being stretched out this spring.

Rosenthal stretching out, possibly to start

Rosenthal strikes out Murphy

UP NEXT
Nationals: The Nationals unveil their new Spring Training stadium with the first game at the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches against the Astros on Tuesday at 1:05 p.m. ET on MLB.TV and Gameday Audio. MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred will be among those in attendance for the pregame ceremony. Washington right-hander Jeremy Guthrie, a non-roster invitee, gets the start in his Grapefruit League debut.

Cardinals: Right-hander Mike Leake will make his spring debut Tuesday when the Cardinals travel to Orlando for a 12:05 p.m. CT game against the Braves. Also appearing in that game will be John Gant, who was traded from Atlanta to St. Louis over the winter. The game will available on cardinals.com via an exclusive audio webcast.

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Jenifer Langosch has covered the Cardinals for MLB.com since 2012, and previously covered the Pirates from 2007-11. Read her blog, follow her on Twitter, like her Facebook page and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.