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    JUPITER, Fla. (AP) - St. Louis manager Mike Matheny liked what he saw from Jaime Garcia on Thursday.

    Garcia struck out nine in five innings and the Cardinals roughed up Gio Gonzalez in a 9-0 win over the Washington Nationals.

    "When Jaime is on he's something to watch," Matheny said. "He's just got that stuff that's hard to square up. It's not a fun at-bat."

    The Nationals only scoring opportunity against Garcia came in the second, helped by Garcia's errant pickoff attempt that allowed Roger Bernadina to go from first to third with only one out. But the 25-year-old Garcia struck out Brett Carroll and got Andres Blanco to line out to end the threat.

    Garcia struck out two in each of the first four innings and didn't allow a walk.

    "I didn't even know that I had that many strikeouts," Garcia said. "That's a good feeling when you go out there and you make your pitches."

    Gonzalez didn't fare nearly as well, having to be lifted before the end of the fourth inning. In what was easily his worst outing of the spring, Gonzalez allowed eight runs in 3 2-3 innings.

    "I felt like I was throwing pretty good pitches, they were just making contact," said Gonzalez, who had allowed only one run during his first three spring starts. "You are going to have one of those days. The best part of today was that it was spring training."

    The Cardinals scored five runs in the fourth while batting around.

    Tony Cruz hit an RBI double. Two batters later Tyler Greene hit his first homer of the spring - a two-run shot that put the Cardinals up 6-0. Matt Carpenter's two-run single was the final runs off Gonzalez.

    St. Louis' stars scored two runs in the third. Matt Holliday followed Carlos Beltran's one-out double with a walk. They advanced on David Freese's groundout to third and scored on Yadier Molina's single to left.

    NOTES: Allen Craig took fielding practice before a minor league game, his first such action since undergoing offseason surgery to repair a broken knee cap. Craig also batted during the minor league game. ... Beltran played center field for the first time this spring. With Skip Schumaker likely headed to the DL, Beltran could play center and, when healthy, Craig could play right, giving the Cardinals an extra right-handed bat against left-handed pitchers. ... Washington manager Davey Johnson doesn't expect to know a firm return date for Mike Morse or Adam LaRoche until Sunday. "It's probably still going to be a week or so - a couple weeks - on both of them," he said. Morse underwent Platelet Rich Plasma therapy to treat a "slight tear" in a back muscle, Johnson said. LaRoche has a bone bruise on his left foot. ... Chien-Ming Wang played catch today but Johnson still wasn't certain Wang's hamstring would be healed in time for the start of the season. Wang has been competing with John Lannan for the National's fifth starter job. ... Drew Storen will undergo further testing to locate the source of the "slight discomfort" Johnson said he felt during a side session.

     
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    Washington Nationals
    HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
    Stephen Lombardozzi, SS3010010 .308
        Seth Bynum, 2B1000010 .000
    Rick Ankiel, CF2010111 .364
        Chris Rahl, PR-RF1000000 .000
        Atahualpa Severino, P0000000 .000
    Mark DeRosa, 3B2000101 .368
        Blake Kelso, PR-3B1000000 .000
    Chad Tracy, 1B4000022 .227
    Wilson Ramos, C3000012 .179
        Carlos Maldonado, C1010000 .364
    Roger Bernadina, LF4010021 .194
    Brett Carroll, RF-CF3000021 .263
    Andres Blanco, 2B-SS3000001 .036
    Gio Gonzalez, P1000010 .000
        Ryan Mattheus, P0000000 .000
       a- Jesus Flores, PH1000010 .333
        Ross Detwiler, P0000000 .000
        Henry Rodriguez, P0000000 .000
       b- Destin Hood, PH-RF1000010 .000
    Totals31040213  
    a-struck out for Mattheus in the 5th
    b-struck out for Rodriguez in the 8th
    Fielding
    DP - Ramos-Lombardozzi-Tracy-Blanco
    Washington Nationals
    PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
    Gio Gonzalez (L,1-1) 3.21088431 8.10
    Ryan Mattheus 0.1000000 3.52
    Ross Detwiler 2311120 3.72
    Henry Rodriguez 1000010 0.00
    Atahualpa Severino 1100010 3.38
    Pitches-Strikes - Gio Gonzalez 45-28, Ryan Mattheus 1-1, Ross Detwiler 17-13, Henry Rodriguez 5-5, Atahualpa Severino 6-6
    Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Gio Gonzalez 6-1, Ryan Mattheus 1-0, Ross Detwiler 2-2, Henry Rodriguez 1-1, Atahualpa Severino 2-0
    Batters Faced - Gio Gonzalez 24, Ryan Mattheus 1, Ross Detwiler 10, Henry Rodriguez 3, Atahualpa Severino 4
    St. Louis Cardinals
    HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
    Tyler Greene, 2B3112000 .250
        Daniel Descalso, 2B2000001 .344
    Carlos Beltran, CF2120100 .310
        Eugenio Velez, PR-RF1100100 .125
        J.C. Romero, P0000000 .000
        Scott Linebrink, P0000000 .000
    Matt Holliday, LF0100200 .464
        Adron Chambers, LF3110012 .259
    David Freese, 3B2000012 .233
        Matt Carpenter, 3B3132000 .375
    Yadier Molina, C2012102 .438
        Bryan Anderson, PR-C2010011 .467
    Rafael Furcal, SS3000013 .188
        Alex Cora, SS2000002 .222
    Shane Robinson, RF-CF3221002 .310
    Tony Cruz, 1B3131000 .381
        Mark Hamilton, 1B1000011 .182
    Jaime Garcia, P1000010 .000
       a- Ronny Gil, PH1000001 .000
        Jason Motte, P0000000 .000
        Marc Rzepczynski, P0000000 .000
       b- Oscar Taveras, PH-RF1000010 .250
    Totals35914857  
    a-flied out for Garcia in the 5th
    b-struck out for Rzepczynski in the 7th
    Batting
    2B - Carlos Beltran (1, G. Gonzalez), Adron Chambers (3, G. Gonzalez), Tony Cruz (2, G. Gonzalez)
    HR - Tyler Greene (1, G. Gonzalez)
    SF - Shane Robinson (1)
    SH - Jaime Garcia (1)
    RBI - Tyler Greene 2 (3), Matt Carpenter 2 (7), Yadier Molina 2 (8), Shane Robinson (8), Tony Cruz (1)
    2-OUT RBI - Yadier Molina 2 (5)
    CS - Tony Cruz (1, 2nd base by G. Gonzalez/Ramos)
    Team LOB - 9
    Fielding
    E - Jaime Garcia (1, Throwing)
    St. Louis Cardinals
    PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
    Jaime Garcia (W,1-1) 5300090 3.38
    Jason Motte (H,2) 1000200 2.70
    Marc Rzepczynski (H,3) 1000020 1.23
    J.C. Romero (H,4) 1000020 1.35
    Scott Linebrink 1100000 0.00
    Pitches-Strikes - Jaime Garcia 36-36, Jason Motte 11-3, Marc Rzepczynski 7-7, J.C. Romero 7-7, Scott Linebrink 4-4
    Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jaime Garcia 4-2, Jason Motte 2-1, Scott Linebrink 1-2
    Batters Faced - Jaime Garcia 18, Jason Motte 5, Marc Rzepczynski 3, J.C. Romero 3, Scott Linebrink 4
    Game Information
    Attendance - 7253
    Game Time - 2:41
    Temperature - 80
    Umpires - Home - Chris Conroy, First Base - C.B. Bucknor, Second Base - Eric Loveless, Third Base - Angel Hernandez