St. Louis at Miami

    Marlins 3, Cardinals 1

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    JUPITER, Fla. (AP) - JUPITER, Fla. - Anibal Sanchez put to rest any questions about the Miami Marlins' rotation.

    Sanchez allowed a run in five innings, including Carlos Beltran's second homer, and the Miami Marlins beat the St. Louis Cardinals 3-1 Thursday.

    Sanchez had been limited to three starts this spring because of a sore shoulder. He gave up two hits and a walk.

    Matt Holliday walked and David Freese singled after Beltran's homer and Sanchez pitched out of the jam.

    "I feel great," Sanchez said. "I feel ready for long games."

    Cardinals starter Lance Lynn matched Sanchez, allowing one run on five hits in five innings. Lynn, who is taking the place of the injured Chris Carpenter in the Cardinals rotation, will start the Cardinals' fourth game, April 8 in Milwaukee.

    "If he gives us outings like that we're going to be very happy," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said. "He came in with the mindset of being a late reliever and to make the transition isn't always the easiest thing. He's made a good transition."

    Daniel Pertusati, a minor leaguer who has never played higher than Class A, hit a tying homer off Lynn in the fifth.

    The Marlins were not sure what to expect from Sanchez after he developed soreness in his throwing shoulder early in camp and missed a couple of starts. But Sanchez has recovered nicely and after throwing 71 pitches Thursday, he is in line to be the fifth starter and will make his season debut April 9 in Philadelphia. He will pitch in a minor league game next week.

    "I thought he threw the ball very good," manager Ozzie Guillen said. "Outstanding job."

    Although the Marlins have scored a major league low 67 runs during the spring, Guillen is pleased because of the pitching.

    "The one thing I am very happy with is the way we're pitching," Guillen said. "We're going to hit."

    Cardinals reliever Kyle McClellan gave up the go-ahead run in the sixth. Chris Coghlan led off with a single and scored on a single by Hanley Ramirez and throwing error by outfielder Erik Komatsu. McClellan also walked two in the inning.

    Brett Hayes drove in the Marlins final run with an eighth inning single. Hayes was 2 for 4.

    Beltran, who was signed during the offseason to play right field, went 2 for 4 and is hitting .356.

    "He's just so effortless in everything he does," Matheny said. "I think he's hitting his stride at just the right time."

    NOTES: The Marlins released outfielder Aaron Rowand. The 34-year-old Rowand said he will listen if another team calls but is content if his 10-year career is over. He will earn $12 million this season, which is being paid by the Giants. . Marlins outfielders Giancarlo Stanton (knee) and Logan Morrison (knee) and utility player Greg Dobbs (knee) all played the field in a minor league game. All three expect to be ready for opening day. . The Cardinals purchased the contract of right-handed reliever Scott Linebrink, adding him to the 40-man roster.

     
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    St. Louis Cardinals
    HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
    Daniel Descalso, 2B-1B4000010 .294
    Carlos Beltran, RF4121010 .356
    Matt Holliday, LF2000101 .400
        Kyle McClellan, P0000000 .000
        Shane Robinson, CF1000000 .256
    Lance Berkman, 1B3010001 .324
        Tyler Greene, PR-2B1000000 .269
    David Freese, 3B3010020 .220
        Matt Carpenter, 3B0000000 .370
    Yadier Molina, C3000002 .357
        Tony Cruz, C0000000 .333
    Jon Jay, CF3000000 .250
        Marc Rzepczynski, P0000000 .000
        Scott Linebrink, P0000000 .000
    Rafael Furcal, SS3000000 .191
    Lance Lynn, P2000010 .000
        Erik Komatsu, LF1000000 .283
    Totals3014115  
    Batting
    HR - Carlos Beltran (2, Sanchez)
    RBI - Carlos Beltran (3)
    CS - Carlos Beltran (1, Home by Gaudin/Hayes)
    Team LOB - 3
    Fielding
    DP - Descalso-Furcal-Berkman, Descalso-Furcal-Berkman, Descalso-Furcal-Berkman
    E - Erik Komatsu (1, Throwing), Marc Rzepczynski (1, Missed catch of throw)
    St. Louis Cardinals
    PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
    Lance Lynn 5511131 2.61
    Kyle McClellan (L,0-1) 1211210 2.89
    Marc Rzepczynski 1000100 2.70
    Scott Linebrink 1211210 1.69
    HBP - H. Ramirez (by Lance Lynn)
    Pitches-Strikes - Lance Lynn 33-25, Kyle McClellan 15-7, Marc Rzepczynski 7-3, Scott Linebrink 15-7
    Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Lance Lynn 7-2, Kyle McClellan 1-1, Marc Rzepczynski 3-0
    Batters Faced - Lance Lynn 19, Kyle McClellan 7, Marc Rzepczynski 4, Scott Linebrink 6
    Miami Marlins
    HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
    Jose Reyes, SS4010002 .327
    Chris Coghlan, RF4110011 .233
    Hanley Ramirez, 3B2010101 .378
    Austin Kearns, 1B4000023 .316
        Donovan Solano, 1B0000000 .389
    Donnie Murphy, 2B2110200 .237
    Brett Hayes, C4021014 .226
    Christian Yelich, CF2000211 .000
    Isaac Galloway, LF4000005 .000
    Anibal Sanchez, P10100001.000
       a- Daniel Pertusati, PH11110001.000
        Chad Gaudin, P0000100 .000
       b- Pedro Mendoza, PH10100021.000
        Donnie Webb, P0000000 .000
    Totals2939265  
    a-homered for Sanchez in the 5th
    b-singled for Gaudin in the 8th
    Batting
    HR - Daniel Pertusati (1, Lynn)
    RBI - Brett Hayes (2), Daniel Pertusati (1)
    2-OUT RBI - Daniel Pertusati (1)
    SB - Donnie Murphy (2, 2nd base off Linebrink/Cruz)
    CS - Jose Reyes (1, 2nd base by Rzepczynski/Cruz)
    Team LOB - 9
    Miami Marlins
    PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
    Anibal Sanchez 5211141 6.52
    Chad Gaudin (W,2-0) 3200010 1.26
    Donnie Webb (S,1) 1000000 0.00
    Pitches-Strikes - Anibal Sanchez 31-26, Chad Gaudin 12-12, Donnie Webb 3-3
    Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Anibal Sanchez 4-7, Chad Gaudin 5-2, Donnie Webb 2-1
    Batters Faced - Anibal Sanchez 18, Chad Gaudin 10, Donnie Webb 3
    Game Information
    Attendance - 4244
    Game Time - 2:21
    Temperature - 77
    Umpires - Home - D.J. Reyburn, First Base - Ed Rapuano, Second Base - Chris Conroy, Third Base - UMP Nonindividual