New York at St. Louis

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    JUPITER, Fla. (AP) - Johan Santana cleared another hurdle in his comeback from shoulder surgery.

    The New York Mets left-hander pitched six innings in his longest outing of spring training in a 2-1 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday.

    "We talked about the process in getting him ready for the season. There are some minor steps, there are some baby steps and there are some giant steps," manager Terry Collins said. "Today was a giant step forward."

    Santana allowed a run on six hits in six innings with six strikeouts.

    "I had a good day," he said. "I was able to look at all of my pitches. I threw some good ones out there."

    Santana worked six innings for the first time since Aug. 28, 2010 against the Astros. The lone run came on an RBI single by Lance Berkman in the sixth.

    "It's not about one inning or that pitch or what they're doing," Santana said. "It's about going deeper in the game."

    Collins is optimistic about Santana return to major league action. He's lined up to start the April 5 opener at home against the Braves.

    "Nobody's come back from this operation," Collins said. "We're certainly hoping he'll be the exception to that rule."

    Cardinals starter Jake Westbrook was even stingier, working six scoreless innings while allowing three hits. Westbrook has allowed one earned run in 15 innings.

    Westbrook is the first St. Louis pitcher to go six innings.

    Jon Jay hit a run-scoring single in the ninth off Garrett Olson. The Mets had tied it in the top of the inning on Jordany Valdespin's home run off Fernando Salas.

    The Mets are a major-league worst 4-12 this spring, while the Cardinals are 10-4.

     
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    New York Mets
    HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
    Jordany Valdespin, 2B4111001 .333
    Ronny Cedeno, SS3000010 .273
        Omar Quintanilla, SS1000000 .160
    Justin Turner, 3B3000010 .143
        Josh Satin, 3B1000000 .231
    Lucas Duda, RF3010010 .333
        Cory Vaughn, RF0000000 .000
    Val Pascucci, 1B2000012 .091
       a- Adam Loewen, PH-1B1000000 .258
    Mike Baxter, CF2000000 .303
       b- Matt den Dekker, PH-CF1000000 .188
    Vinny Rottino, LF3020010 .207
    Mike Nickeas, C2000002 .263
        Lucas May, C1000000 .250
    Johan Santana, P2000002 .000
        Manny Acosta, P1000000 .000
        Miguel Batista, P0000000 .000
        Garrett Olson, P0000000 .000
    Totals3014105  
    a-grounded out for Pascucci in the 7th
    b-grounded out for Baxter in the 7th
    Batting
    HR - Jordany Valdespin (1, Salas)
    RBI - Jordany Valdespin (3)
    Team LOB - 3
    Fielding
    Outfield Assists - Mike Baxter 1
    New York Mets
    PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
    Johan Santana 6611060 3.38
    Manny Acosta 1000010 0.00
    Miguel Batista (L,0-1) 1.1311000 3.18
    Garrett Olson0100000 0.00
    Pitches-Strikes - Johan Santana 35-35, Manny Acosta 5-5, Miguel Batista 7-7, Garrett Olson 1-1
    Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Johan Santana 8-3, Manny Acosta 1-1, Miguel Batista 4-0
    Batters Faced - Johan Santana 23, Manny Acosta 3, Miguel Batista 7, Garrett Olson 1
    St. Louis Cardinals
    HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
    Tyler Greene, 2B3110001 .243
    Carlos Beltran, RF3010010 .259
        Eugenio Velez, RF1000001 .133
    Matt Holliday, LF3010012 .464
        Mark Hamilton, 1B1000001 .200
        Fernando Salas, P0000000 .000
    David Freese, 3B3000023 .250
        Matt Carpenter, 3B1000000 .310
    Lance Berkman, 1B3021010 .333
        Mitchell Boggs, P0000000 .000
        Kyle McClellan, P0000000 .000
        Matt Adams, 1B1010000 .278
        Adron Chambers, PR0100000 .250
    Yadier Molina, C3000002 .433
        Tony Cruz, C1010000 .278
    Jon Jay, CF4011010 .229
    Rafael Furcal, SS3010000 .207
    Jake Westbrook, P1000010 .000
        Erik Komatsu, LF1010000 .314
    Totals32210207  
    Batting
    SH - Tyler Greene (1), Jake Westbrook (1)
    RBI - Lance Berkman (2), Jon Jay (2)
    2-OUT RBI - Lance Berkman (1)
    Team LOB - 7
    Fielding
    DP - T. Greene-Berkman
    St. Louis Cardinals
    PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
    Jake Westbrook 6300030 0.00
    Mitchell Boggs (H,2) 1000000 6.00
    Kyle McClellan (H,2) 1000010 1.29
    Fernando Salas (BS,1; W,1-0) 1111011 4.50
    HBP - Duda (by Jake Westbrook)
    Pitches-Strikes - Jake Westbrook 27-26, Mitchell Boggs 3-3, Kyle McClellan 5-5, Fernando Salas 9-7
    Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jake Westbrook 8-6, Mitchell Boggs 3-0, Kyle McClellan 1-1, Fernando Salas 1-1
    Batters Faced - Jake Westbrook 21, Mitchell Boggs 3, Kyle McClellan 3, Fernando Salas 4
    Game Information
    Attendance - 7539
    Game Time - 2:07
    Temperature - 77
    Umpires - Home - Jerry Meals, First Base - Ed Rapuano, Second Base - Eric Loveless, Third Base - Chris Conroy