Lohse efficient in Cards' win vs. Marlins

Lohse efficient in Cards' win vs. Marlins

CARDINALS 2, MARLINS 0
at Jupiter, Fla.
Thursday, March 27

Marlins at the plate: Matt Treanor collected two of the three hits allowed by Cardinals starter Kyle Lohse. Treanor had a leadoff double in the third inning, but was stranded. Josh Willingham and Jason Wood each added singles.

Cardinals at the plate: Chris Duncan's two-out single to left produced a third-inning run. With two outs, St. Louis strung together three straight singles to get on the board. Cesar Izturis raced home on the floater to short left field. In the fifth inning, St. Louis' second run came home when Troy Glaus walked with the bases loaded, forcing home Skip Schumaker, who singled. Albert Pujols walked twice in three plate appearances before he was lifted for a pinch-runner in the fifth inning. Pujols finished Grapefruit League play batting .407.

Marlins on the mound: Rick VandenHurk, tabbed the No. 2 starter on Thursday, labored but reached the 100-pitch plateau. The 22-year-old worked 4 2/3 innings, giving up two runs on five hits with five walks and three strikeouts. Three of his walks came in the fifth, and two on the day were to Pujols. In relief of VandenHurk, Lee Gardner tossed 1 1/3 scoreless innings.

Cardinals on the mound: Lohse turned in a proficient performance, scattering three hits in five scoreless innings. The right-hander walked one and struck out four. He logged 67 pitches, with 43 strikes. Following up Lohse, Kyle McClellan shut Florida down in the sixth.

Grapefruit League records: Marlins 18-10-3, Cardinals 17-10-2.

Up next for the Marlins: The Marlins head to Dolphin Stadium on Friday night to take on the Yankees at 7:10 ET. Andrew Miller, named the No. 3 starter, makes his final exhibition start. New York will start Mike Mussina.

Up next for the Cardinals: The Cardinals are finished with the Florida portion of their spring schedule. They head to Springfield, Mo., on Friday to take on their Double-A affiliate at 7:10 CT. Todd Wellemeyer gets the call for St. Louis.

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