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    PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) - Mike Pelfrey made a change in his mechanics, and he's hoping the results will follow.

    Pelfrey allowed eight hits and five runs - the fourth consecutive spring start in which he's given up at least four runs - and the New York Mets tied the St. Louis Cardinals 6-6 in 10 innings Saturday.

    Pelfrey's ERA in four Grapefruit League games is 11.49.

    "I was actually pretty pleased with today," Pelfrey said. "The ball obviously came out even better than it did last time. I threw a lot of strikes. I know I made a couple pitches that I left up and didn't execute and they hit it.

    "But I thought I was aggressive throwing strikes and I thought the ball came out of my hand pretty good," Pelfrey said.

    Earlier this week, Mets pitching coach Dan Warthen suggested that Pelfrey bring his hands up over his head during his windup. For the past three seasons, Pelfrey kept his hands at his belt during his entire windup.

    Pelfrey said the change allowed him to stay on top of the ball and said numerous times that he felt "free and easy."

    Pelfrey retired the first six batters he faced, but the Cardinals sent nine batters to the plate in the third inning.

    "I thought he was much, much better," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "I thought his ball had great life to it. Obviously when it's up, he doesn't have the sink, but when it's down .. He made a couple mistakes up in the strike zone, but otherwise he threw was great.

    Cardinals starter Lance Lynn made his first start since it was announced that Chris Carpenter would be out indefinitely due to a nerve issue that has caused discomfort and weakness in his pitching shoulder.

    Lynn, who is expected to take Carpenter's spot in the rotation, pitched 4 2-3 innings, allowed four runs on three hits and walked two. He also had one strikeout.

    Lynn gave up two home runs, including a three-run shot by Mets first baseman Ike Davis in the first inning.

    "A little cutter that didn't cut," Lynn said. "You tip your cap to him, he made a pretty good swing on it. As you look at the day, I gave up three hits and four runs; I've got to keep the ball down a little bit more. That's something to look forward going into the next outing, to make sure I keep working on the pitches I'm doing and make sure I'm using the pitches I need to do."

    Lynn said he's been approaching the entire spring as if he would be a starter. He appeared in 18 games for the Cardinals last season - 16 as a reliever.

    "I was committed to it, but you were hoping for the best for Carp," he said. "For us to be as good as we can be, we need Carp to be back as healthy as he can be and doing what he's capable of. While he's out I'm going to do the best I can to pick up the slack."

    Davis went 2 for 3 and walked once. Mets right fielder Lucas Duda also had two hits, including a long home run which bounced off the top of the blue tarp above the center field wall.

    Cardinals center fielder John Jay and third baseman Daniel Descalso each had two-run hits off Pelfrey in the third inning. Jay finished 2 for 3 with a double and a run scored.

    NOTES: Mets third baseman David Wright (torn rib cage muscle) took batting practice for the third straight day Saturday, but said it was "doubtful" that he would make his Grapefruit League debut on Sunday when the Mets travel to Viera to play the Nationals. Collins said he hoped to have Wright back in the lineup by Tuesday. . Mets outfielder Scott Hairston (oblique) will take batting practice for the first time in more than three weeks Sunday. . Cardinals second baseman Tyler Green made a costly error in the first inning when he failed to make a catch on a likely double-play ball with one out. The misplay extended the inning for Davis, who hit the home run to left field.

     
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    St. Louis Cardinals
    HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
    Rafael Furcal, SS4110002 .194
        Scott Linebrink, P0000000 .000
        Marc Rzepczynski, P0000000 .000
       a- Bryan Anderson, PH1010000 .471
        Eugenio Velez, PR-LF0100000 .118
    Daniel Descalso, 3B4112000 .317
        Ryan Jackson, SS0000000 .278
    Lance Berkman, 1B2000000 .348
        Mark Hamilton, 1B1001000 .167
        Oscar Taveras, PR0000000 .250
        Victor Marte, P0000000 .000
        Jason Motte, P0000000 .000
    Jon Jay, CF3122000 .262
        Shane Robinson, CF2000001 .281
    Yadier Molina, C3011011 .429
        J.C. Romero, P0000000 .000
        Alex Cora, SS-3B2000011 .208
    Matt Carpenter, LF-1B4000003 .333
    Tyler Greene, 2B4120100 .273
    Erik Komatsu, RF5110004 .293
    Lance Lynn, P2000013 .000
        Tony Cruz, C2000002 .348
    Totals3969613  
    a-singled for Rzepczynski in the 9th
    Batting
    2B - Daniel Descalso (3, Pelfrey), Jon Jay (3, Pelfrey), Yadier Molina (4, Pelfrey), Tyler Greene (5, Pelfrey)
    SF - Mark Hamilton (1)
    SH - Ryan Jackson (1), Matt Carpenter (1)
    RBI - Daniel Descalso 2 (4), Mark Hamilton (2), Jon Jay 2 (4), Yadier Molina (9)
    2-OUT RBI - Yadier Molina (6)
    SB - Tyler Greene (5, 2nd base off Rauch/Johnson)
    Team LOB - 8
    Fielding
    DP - M. Carpenter-Jackson
    PB - Tony Cruz (1)
    E - Daniel Descalso (3, Throwing), Rafael Furcal (3, Misplayed grounder), Tyler Greene (4, Missed catch of throw)
    St. Louis Cardinals
    PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
    Lance Lynn 4.2343212 2.87
    J.C. Romero (H,5) 1121300 2.35
    Scott Linebrink 1200010 0.00
    Marc Rzepczynski 1.1100010 1.04
    Victor Marte 1100010 1.29
    Jason Motte 1000100 2.35
    HBP - Turner (by Scott Linebrink)
    WP - Scott Linebrink (1)
    Pitches-Strikes - Lance Lynn 31-22, J.C. Romero 16-4, Scott Linebrink 9-6, Marc Rzepczynski 6-6, Victor Marte 6-6, Jason Motte 7-2
    Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Lance Lynn 9-6, J.C. Romero 1-2, Marc Rzepczynski 1-1, Jason Motte 1-1
    Batters Faced - Lance Lynn 21, J.C. Romero 7, Scott Linebrink 5, Marc Rzepczynski 4, Victor Marte 4, Jason Motte 3
    New York Mets
    HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
    Jordany Valdespin, 2B4210113 .324
    Ronny Cedeno, SS5011001 .267
    Jason Bay, LF4100011 .207
        Mike Baxter, LF-RF1010000 .361
    Ike Davis, 1B3123100 .258
        Vinny Rottino, PR-LF1000001 .256
    Lucas Duda, RF4121010 .321
        Adam Loewen, 1B1000011 .235
    Justin Turner, 3B3000002 .119
        Jon Rauch, P0000000 .000
        Frank Francisco, P0000000 .000
        Josh Edgin, P0000000 .000
       a- Daniel Murphy, PH1000000 .286
    Matt den Dekker, CF3000201 .136
    Mike Nickeas, C2000100 .227
        Rob Johnson, C2000001 .250
    Mike Pelfrey, P1000001 .000
       b- Ruben Tejada, PH0100100 .263
        Bobby Parnell, P0000000 .000
        Lucas May, 3B1010000 .207
    Totals3668564  
    a-grounded out for Edgin in the 10th
    b-walked for Pelfrey in the 6th
    Batting
    HR - Ike Davis (1, Lynn), Lucas Duda (3, Lynn)
    SH - Mike Pelfrey (1)
    RBI - Ronny Cedeno (5), Ike Davis 3 (6), Lucas Duda (7)
    2-OUT RBI - Ronny Cedeno (1)
    SB - Mike Baxter (4, 2nd base off Marte/Cruz), Matt den Dekker (1, 2nd base off Motte/Cruz), Ruben Tejada (1, 2nd base off Romero/Cruz)
    CS - Lucas May (1, 2nd base by Rzepczynski/Cruz)
    PK - Vinny Rottino (1, Linebrink)
    Team LOB - 8
    Fielding
    E - Ronny Cedeno (3, Misplayed grounder), Vinny Rottino (2, Dropped fly), Justin Turner (2, Throwing)
    New York Mets
    PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
    Mike Pelfrey 6854020 11.49
    Bobby Parnell (H,3) 1000000 0.00
    Jon Rauch (H,3) 1000100 7.04
    Frank Francisco 1111010 6.75
    Josh Edgin 1000000 0.00
    HBP - Berkman (by Mike Pelfrey)
    WP - Jon Rauch (1), Frank Francisco (1)
    Pitches-Strikes - Mike Pelfrey 32-31, Bobby Parnell 3-3, Jon Rauch 9-4, Frank Francisco 8-7, Josh Edgin 3-3
    Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mike Pelfrey 7-10, Bobby Parnell 1-2, Jon Rauch 2-2, Frank Francisco 1-2, Josh Edgin 2-1
    Batters Faced - Mike Pelfrey 28, Bobby Parnell 3, Jon Rauch 5, Frank Francisco 5, Josh Edgin 3
    Game Information
    Attendance - 6713
    Game Time - 3:14
    Temperature - 86
    Umpires - Home - Ed Hickox, First Base - Hunter Wendelstedt, Second Base - Eric Loveless, Third Base - James Hoye