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    JUPITER, Fla. (AP) - After notching his third win of the spring in the Cardinals' 4-3 victory over the New York Mets on Friday, Kyle Lohse said he's ready to make St. Louis' opening day start.

    Lohse allowed only one unearned run on three hits while striking out seven in six innings. The right-hander also drove in a run.

    "I felt good out there," said Lohse, whose next start will be the April 4 season opener at Miami. "It was a nice way to wrap up spring training, using all my pitches to get some good bad swings. Overall I felt strong."

    Lohse attributed a renewed feel for his curve ball as a major factor in his effectiveness.

    Earlier in the spring Lohse experimented with a new grip on the pitch. In recent weeks he's gone back to the old grip.

    Two of his seven strikeouts on Monday came on curveballs.

    "These last couple starts it's been a really good pitch for me," Lohse said.

    The afternoon wasn't free of trepidation, though.

    Omar Quintanilla's hard-hit grounder in the third inning one-hopped off Lohse's pitching hand. Lohse initially couldn't find the ball, and when he did the throw to first was not in time.

    After the play the trainer came out to check on Lohse, who said he simply needed a few moments to let the tingling in his ring finger and pinkie subside.

    Lohse was given an error - the second consecutive St. Louis error - making the run scored by Mike Nickeas on the play unearned.

    "I'll take it," Lohse said with a laugh.

    Lohse stayed in the game, allowing only one more hit and walking one through the final three innings.

    "That was nice," St. Louis manager Mike Matheny said of Lohse's final tune-up. "He looked good. He looked real good."

    Trailing 1-0, the Cardinals took the lead for good in the fourth. Matt Carpenter smacked a one-out double, and came around to tie game on Yadier Molina's single. That's also the inning Lohse helped himself by poking an RBI single over first baseman Justin Turner's glove, giving the Cardinals a 2-1 lead.

    Two innings later Carpenter struck again, launching Dillon Gee's first pitch over the left field wall, extending the Cardinals' lead to 3-1. The homer was Carpenter's second of the spring. St. Louis added a second run in the inning when Adam Melker, pinch hitting for Lohse, drove a ball off the top of the right field wall for a double that scored Bryan Anderson.

    New York starter Dillion Gee took the loss after allowing 10 hits and four runs in six innings.

    "Today was really weird," Gee said. "I felt awesome in the pen, felt pretty good in the first inning, then I kind of lost it after that. I feel like I was struggling and battling myself the whole game."

    Jason Motte pitched around a one-out single to record his first save of the spring.

    Matt Holliday had two hits for St. Louis, as did Vinny Ruttino for the Mets.

    NOTES: New York told reliever Miguel Bautista that he's made the team but the 41-year-old right-hander has yet to be added to the Mets 40-man roster. "He's the one guy I know who is durable enough and he'll throw enough that if we need a spot start he can give it to us," Mets manager Terry Collins said. ... Mets CF Andres Torres (calf) went 1 for 5 with a single in a minor league game against the Cardinals, but did not play the field. Collins expected Torres to play at least one more minor league game and has not ruled out a DL stint for the center fielder to start the season. ...New York optioned right-hander Chris Schwinden to the minors. ...St. Louis manager Mike Matheny said the club has informed pitcher Victor Marte, Anderson and utility man Eugenio Velez they will start the season in the minors.

     
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    New York Mets
    HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
    Ronny Cedeno, SS3000101 .256
        Michael Fisher, 2B1000011 .000
    Omar Quintanilla, 2B-SS4100102 .182
    David Wright, 3B3000003 .182
        Matt Tuiasosopo, LF1111000 .200
    Lucas Duda, RF4010022 .318
        Raul Reyes, RF00000001.000
    Vinny Rottino, LF-3B^C4021000 .308
    Justin Turner, 1B4010012 .158
    Mike Baxter, CF4000013 .286
    Mike Nickeas, C3110011 .214
        Jefry Marte, 3B1000000 .000
    Dillon Gee, P2000021 .000
       a- Pedro Zapata, PH10100001.000
        Bobby Parnell, P0000000 .000
        Danny Herrera, P0000000 .000
       b- Josh Thole, PH1010000 .297
        Sean Kazmar, PR0000000 .000
    Totals3638228  
    a-singled for Gee in the 7th
    b-singled for Herrera in the 9th
    Batting
    2B - Matt Tuiasosopo (1, Salas), Mike Nickeas (3, Lohse)
    RBI - Matt Tuiasosopo (1), Vinny Rottino (5)
    Team LOB - 8
    Fielding
    DP - Gee-Turner
    New York Mets
    PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
    Dillon Gee (L,1-1) 61044031 3.92
    Bobby Parnell 1000000 0.00
    Danny Herrera 1000010 1.13
    HBP - T. Greene (by Dillon Gee)
    WP - Dillon Gee (1)
    Pitches-Strikes - Dillon Gee 35-33, Bobby Parnell 3-3, Danny Herrera 5-5
    Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Dillon Gee 6-8, Bobby Parnell 1-2, Danny Herrera 1-1
    Batters Faced - Dillon Gee 28, Bobby Parnell 3, Danny Herrera 3
    St. Louis Cardinals
    HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
    Daniel Descalso, SS-2B4000023 .273
    Jon Jay, CF4010000 .250
        Fernando Salas, P0000000 .000
        Victor Marte, P0000000 .000
        Jason Motte, P0000000 .000
    Matt Holliday, LF4020001 .409
    David Freese, 3B4000002 .200
    Matt Carpenter, 1B4221010 .380
    Yadier Molina, C2011000 .364
        Bryan Anderson, PR-C2210000 .478
    Erik Komatsu, RF4010002 .280
    Tyler Greene, 2B-SS2000011 .259
    Kyle Lohse, P2011000 .250
       a- Adam Melker, PH10110001.000
        J.C. Romero, P0000000 .000
        Shane Robinson, CF0000000 .256
    Totals33410404  
    a-doubled for Lohse in the 6th
    Batting
    2B - Matt Carpenter (9, Gee), Adam Melker (1, Gee)
    HR - Matt Carpenter (2, Gee)
    RBI - Matt Carpenter (10), Yadier Molina (10), Kyle Lohse (1), Adam Melker (1)
    2-OUT RBI - Kyle Lohse (1), Adam Melker (1)
    Team LOB - 6
    Fielding
    DP - M. Carpenter-T. Greene
    E - Daniel Descalso (4, Throwing), Kyle Lohse (1, Misplayed grounder)
    St. Louis Cardinals
    PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
    Kyle Lohse (W,3-1) 6310170 2.81
    J.C. Romero (H,6) 1100000 2.00
    Fernando Salas0322100 5.14
    Victor Marte (H,2) 1000000 1.00
    Jason Motte (S,1) 1100010 1.69
    Pitches-Strikes - Kyle Lohse 41-37, J.C. Romero 4-4, Fernando Salas 7-3, Victor Marte 2-2, Jason Motte 6-6
    Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kyle Lohse 5-8, J.C. Romero 2-1, Victor Marte 1-1, Jason Motte 1-1
    Batters Faced - Kyle Lohse 24, J.C. Romero 4, Fernando Salas 4, Victor Marte 2, Jason Motte 4
    Game Information
    Attendance - 5813
    Game Time - 2:21
    Temperature - 78
    Umpires - Home - Chris Conroy, First Base - Ed Rapuano, Second Base - Angel Hernandez, Third Base - D.J. Reyburn