St. Louis at Boston

    St. Louis «9

    Cardinals 9, Red Sox 6


    FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) - Daniel Bard is not concerned with the stamina needed to start. He's concentrating on his control.

    Bard was hit hard, with Shane Robinson's bases-loaded triple in the eighth inning chasing the Boston pitcher Thursday as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Red Sox 9-6.

    Bard, trying to convert to a starter after serving as Boston's setup man, allowed seven earned runs in 2 2-3 innings.

    "Physically, I could throw more pitches," Bard said. "Obviously (I) just wasn't in the zone, wasn't throwing strike one. (I) just need to be a little more aggressive early in the count."

    The Cardinals trailed 6-4 entering the eighth inning but Robinson, a reserve center fielder, cleared the bases with a triple off Bard.

    "I actually felt pretty comfortable because I'd faced Bard all three years of college," said Robinson, who went to Florida State when Bard was at North Carolina. "I was just looking for something I could do some damage with. He gave me a pitch to hit."

    Boston starter Alfredo Aceves, one of the pitchers Bard is competing with, scattered three hits over four innings and struck out four while allowing just one run.

    The start was Aceves' first of the spring and he has a 1.00 ERA in nine innings.

    He allowed three hits in the first two innings before retiring six consecutive batters to conclude his appearance.

    With rumors swirling about how the Red Sox may use him, Aceves believes he is "valuable" in whatever role Boston chooses for him.

    "The rhythm of the game was a priority for me personally," Aceves said when asked about Thursday's outing. "So far, so good (this spring). I think everything is good."

    Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said before the game that he wants to see all the fourth and fifth starter candidates throw two more times before making any decisions.

    Kyle Lohse made the start for the Cardinals and allowed three runs in 3 2-3 innings. He gave up a two-run home run to Darnell McDonald in the fourth.

    Lohse did not allow a run in his first three innings on the mound. Cardinals manager Mike Matheny indicated Lohse began to tire in the fourth inning.

    "I thought he looked good in the first three (innings)," Matheny said. "When he starts feeling a little bit fatigued, the ball starts coming up for him. . That's kind of something I've seen from him in the past. As we stretch him out, he's going to get stronger and carry that good stuff later in the game."

    Cardinal right fielder Erik Komatsu had an RBI double to right-center field in the top of the second inning to open the game's scoring.

    Attempting to score from first on the double, St. Louis' Matt Carpenter collided with Boston shortstop Nick Punto as Carpenter rounded second base. The Cardinals' left fielder, who was knocked to the ground and lost his helmet after the two slammed into each other, was awarded home as interference was called on Punto.

    Both players were not injured and remained in the game.

    Dustin Pedroia hit a solo home run in the fourth inning to give the Red Sox a 4-1 lead.

    St. Louis shortstop Rafael Furcal was 2 for 4 with an RBI while center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury was 2 for 3 for the Red Sox.

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    St. Louis Cardinals
    Rafael Furcal, SS4011010 .231
        Ryan Jackson, PR-SS0000000 .231
       a- Bryan Anderson, PH0000100 .571
        Greg Garcia, PR-SS0100000 .000
    Jon Jay, CF4010015 .300
        Shane Robinson, CF1113000 .300
    Carlos Beltran, DH4000001 .200
       b- Oscar Taveras, PH-DH1111000 .286
    Matt Adams, 1B5121001 .300
    Daniel Descalso, 2B5121000 .429
    Matt Carpenter, LF-3B3310210 .304
    Erik Komatsu, RF5011013 .280
    Koyie Hill, C3021011 .273
        Tony Cruz, C2010001 .250
    Alex Cora, 3B2010101 .231
        Eugenio Velez, PR-LF2110001 .167
    a-walked for Jackson in the 8th
    b-singled for Beltran in the 8th
    2B - Jon Jay (1, Aceves), Daniel Descalso 2 (2, Bard, Spoone), Erik Komatsu (2, Aceves), Tony Cruz (1, Spoone)
    3B - Shane Robinson (1, Bard)
    HR - Matt Adams (2, Bard)
    RBI - Rafael Furcal (2), Shane Robinson 3 (7), Oscar Taveras (2), Matt Adams (8), Daniel Descalso (2), Erik Komatsu (5), Koyie Hill (1)
    2-OUT RBI - Rafael Furcal (1), Shane Robinson 3 (4), Oscar Taveras (2), Daniel Descalso (1), Koyie Hill (1)
    SB - Erik Komatsu (3, 3rd base off Aceves/Lavarnway), Eugenio Velez (2, 2nd base off Bard/Exposito)
    Team LOB - 9
    DP - Descalso-Jackson-Adams, Jackson-Descalso-Adams
    St. Louis Cardinals
    Kyle Lohse 3.2633041 5.19
    J.C. Romero 0.2311101 2.45
    Jason Motte 0.2000000 2.45
    Sam Freeman 0.2122300 10.13
    Marc Rzepczynski (W,1-0) 1.1100110 0.00
    Kyle McClellan (S,1) 2200010 0.00
    Pitches-Strikes - Kyle Lohse 29-27, J.C. Romero 11-7, Jason Motte 2-2, Sam Freeman 15-3, Marc Rzepczynski 10-6, Kyle McClellan 10-10
    Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kyle Lohse 1-6, J.C. Romero 2-0, Jason Motte 1-1, Sam Freeman 1-0, Marc Rzepczynski 1-1, Kyle McClellan 1-4
    Batters Faced - Kyle Lohse 17, J.C. Romero 6, Jason Motte 2, Sam Freeman 5, Marc Rzepczynski 5, Kyle McClellan 8
    Boston Red Sox
    Kevin Youkilis, 3B2000111 .143
        Nate Spears, 3B1100100 .333
    Jacoby Ellsbury, CF3020002 .250
        Che-Hsuan Lin, CF1100110 .091
    Dustin Pedroia, 2B3111003 .389
        Lars Anderson, 1B1010100 .400
    Adrian Gonzalez, 1B3010001 .357
        Pedro Ciriaco, PR-2B^SS2022000 .643
    David Ortiz, DH3110011 .278
        Juan Carlos Linares, PR-DH2000014 .158
    Cody Ross, RF3000022 .412
        Alex Hassan, PR-LF1000102 .000
    Ryan Lavarnway, C3111001 .250
        Luis Exposito, C2000003 .000
    Darnell McDonald, LF2122000 .500
        Jason Repko, RF2010000 .125
    Nick Punto, SS2010001 .273
        Mike Aviles, SS2000001 .292
        Oscar Tejeda, 2B0000000 .167
    2B - Pedro Ciriaco (2, Rzepczynski), David Ortiz (2, Lohse), Ryan Lavarnway (1, Lohse), Darnell McDonald (5, Lohse)
    HR - Dustin Pedroia (1, Romero), Darnell McDonald (2, Lohse)
    RBI - Dustin Pedroia (3), Pedro Ciriaco 2 (5), Ryan Lavarnway (3), Darnell McDonald 2 (3)
    2-OUT RBI - Pedro Ciriaco 2 (3), Ryan Lavarnway (1), Darnell McDonald 2 (2)
    SB - Nate Spears (1, 2nd base off Freeman/Cruz)
    Team LOB - 10
    Outfield Assists - Che-Hsuan Lin 1
    E - Daniel Bard (1, Throwing)
    Boston Red Sox
    Alfredo Aceves 4311040 1.00
    Justin Thomas (H,3) 1200000 4.50
    Daniel Bard (BS,1; L,1-1) 2.2677411 8.22
    Chorye Spoone 1.1411000 3.86
    Pitches-Strikes - Alfredo Aceves 24-24, Justin Thomas 5-5, Daniel Bard 35-17, Chorye Spoone 7-7
    Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Alfredo Aceves 5-3, Justin Thomas 3-0, Daniel Bard 3-4, Chorye Spoone 2-1
    Batters Faced - Alfredo Aceves 15, Justin Thomas 5, Daniel Bard 18, Chorye Spoone 7
    Game Information
    Attendance - 9313
    Game Time - 3:18
    Temperature - 83
    Umpires - Home - Manny Gonzalez, First Base - Field Culbreth, Second Base - Marvin Hudson, Third Base - UMP Nonindividual