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Early lead gets away from Cards

Early lead gets away from Cardinals

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DODGERS 20, CARDINALS 6
at Jupiter, Fla.
Saturday, March 8

Cardinals at the plate: Troy Glaus went 2-for-2 and drove in a run. Juan Gonzalez and Joe Mather added run-scoring singles. Adam Kennedy had two hits, drove in three and scored a run. Brian Barton went 2-for-3 with a double and a triple.

Dodgers at the plate: With 20-mph winds blowing out to right field, it was a day tailor-made for left-handed hitters. Delwyn Young hit a moon-shot two-run homer off the second story of the Cardinals' office and clubhouse facilities behind the right-field fence in the second. Rafael Furcal followed moments later with a two-run bomb down the right-field line. Furcal finished 2-for-3 with three RBIs. Matt Kemp went 2-for-4 with three RBIs.

Cardinals on the mound: Braden Looper is usually lights-out in day games, but the Dodgers knocked the right-hander out of the game in the third inning. Looper gave up eight runs -- seven earned -- on five hits and three walks, and left with one out and one on. Ron Villone surrendered four unearned runs on two hits and two walks in 1 2/3 innings.

Dodgers on the mound: Hiroki Kuroda made his third start and gave up three runs (two earned) on five hits in two innings. Hong-Chih Kuo was sharp in a scoreless inning of work. Right-hander Justin Orenduff pitched two hitless innings, striking out three.

Grapefruit League records: Cardinals 5-6, Dodgers 4-6-1

Up next: Anthony Reyes starts for St. Louis as the Cardinals open the two-game "Florida Turnpike" series on Sunday against Atlanta at Lake Buena Vista. First pitch at Disney's Wild World of Sports is scheduled for 12:05 p.m. CT. Clayton Mortensen, Jason Isringhausen, Ryan Franklin and Ron Flores are also expected to pitch for the Cardinals. Right-hander Tim Hudson is the probable starter for Atlanta.

The Dodgers will host the Red Sox at Holman Stadium in a 10:15 a.m. PT game. Right-hander Esteban Loaiza will start for the Dodgers against Boston's Daisuke Matsuzaka. Other pitchers scheduled to work for the Dodgers include James McDonald, Brian Falkenborg and Matt Riley.

Jim Molony is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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