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PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) - Mike Matheny wants his offense be a little less streaky.
The St. Louis Cardinals manager got a small sampling of what his offense can do when the starters in the top five slots in the batting order combined to go 5-for-10 with four doubles and seven RBIs in a 12-4 win over the New York Mets.
"We tried a few different things, and we still faced that same dilemma of where it came in bunches or not at all," Matheny said. "It was just one of those years. You look at the whole product and you realize our offense did a nice job overall."
Carlos Beltran hit a two-run double in a four-run third inning, Yadier Molina and John Jay added RBI doubles in the fourth. St. Louis finished with 14 hits.
Matheny expects to see plenty of extra-base hits this season.
"You can put down some different lineups with everyone healthy, and we could have some considerable thump all the way through it," Matheny said. "We have enough talented guys, they're going to be able to put runs across the board. It's just a matter of them demanding of themselves the consistency it takes to be a championship team."
Mets scheduled starter Zack Wheeler was scratched because of a mild oblique strain sustained while swinging a bat in the cage during pregame workouts. A top prospect obtained from San Francisco in the trade that sent Beltran to the Giants two years ago, Wheeler met Beltran for the first time before the game.
Wheeler, likely to open the season at Triple-A, had pitched two shutout innings in relief Saturday. He said a muscle on his right side was feeling "a little stiff" but he didn't believe it was anything serious.
"I'd rather be out one start than two months and be behind the eight-ball when I do come back," Wheeler said. "Early in the spring you don't want to risk anything."
Mets manager Terry Collins said Wheeler could have pitched but there was no reason to push him.
"When you look at the big picture, one of the big things is the future and the big promise we have coming, and it's on the mound," Collins said. "We've got to be very careful because we aren't going to do anything to hurt this guy."
Wheeler was replaced by Darin Gorski, who allowed four runs, three hits and three walks in two-plus innings.
Cardinals starter Lance Lynn gave up two runs and four hits in two innings in his spring training debut, including John Buck's two-run homer in the second. He struck out three and walked none.
Lynn arrived at camp 40 pounds lighter than last year.
"You always just want to get out there and make sure you feel good," he said. "For the most part, I was throwing the ball where I wanted to and was throwing strikes, so it was good for the first time out. I wasn't worried about giving up hits or striking anyone out. I just wanted to throw at the strike zone, so 20 of 27 pitches for strikes, I will take that any day. That's a good one to build off of."
Michael Wacha, the Cardinals' top selection in last June's amateur draft, relieved Lynn and made his second appearance of spring training.
The 21-year-old right-hander, who hasn't pitched above Double-A, struck out five and gave up only one hit in three innings. Over two outings, he has allowed two hits and an unearned run in five innings with eight strikeouts and no walks.
"That guy right now can pitch in the big leagues," catcher Yadier Molina said.
NOTES: Mets ace Johan Santana is expected to resume throwing off a mound Friday for the first time since being diagnosed with left shoulder fatigue and could face batters in a "B" game or batting practice Tuesday. ... Matheny said Matt Adams (knee) and Allen Craig (shoulder) could return to the field within a couple of days. ... Mets closer Frank Francisco threw from flat ground for the second time since being cleared to resume tossing Monday. Francisco, slowed by elbow inflammation, played catch with bullpen coach Ricky Bones from a distance of about 70 feet. ... Mets reliever Robert Carson was hit in the calf on a comebacker in the sixth inning but stayed in and gave up a two-run homer to Shane Robinson.
|Players of the Game|
|St. Louis Cardinals|
|Jon Jay, CF||3||1||2||1||0||0||0||.375|
|a- Justin Christian, PH-CF||2||1||2||0||0||0||0||.364|
|Carlos Beltran, RF||2||1||1||2||1||0||0||.167|
|Adron Chambers, PR-RF||2||1||0||0||0||1||3||.182|
|Matt Holliday, LF||1||0||0||0||1||0||0||.200|
|Shane Robinson, PR-LF||2||4||2||3||1||0||0||.714|
|David Freese, 3B||1||1||1||1||2||0||0||.667|
|Kolten Wong, 2B||2||0||1||1||0||0||0||.375|
|Yadier Molina, C||3||0||1||3||0||0||1||.500|
|Rob Johnson, C||2||0||0||0||0||1||1||.000|
|Matt Adams, DH||4||0||2||1||0||1||1||.556|
|b- Adam Ehrlich, PH-DH||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||.000|
|Ty Wigginton, 1B||3||0||0||0||0||0||3||.000|
|Tony Cruz, 1B||2||0||0||0||0||1||0||.143|
|Daniel Descalso, 2B-3B||4||0||1||0||0||0||2||.250|
|Ryan Jackson, PR-SS||1||0||0||0||0||0||2||.200|
|Pete Kozma, SS-3B||4||3||1||0||1||1||2||.333|
|a-singled for Jay in the 6th|
|b-walked for Adams in the 9th|
|2B - Jon Jay (2, Torres), Carlos Beltran (1, Gorski), Shane Robinson (2, G. Burke), Kolten Wong (2, G. Burke), Yadier Molina (1, Torres)|
|HR - Shane Robinson (1, Carson)|
|RBI - Jon Jay (1), Carlos Beltran 2 (2), Shane Robinson 3 (5), David Freese (4), Kolten Wong (1), Yadier Molina 3 (3), Matt Adams (6)|
|2-OUT RBI - Shane Robinson 3 (5), David Freese (1), Kolten Wong (1), Yadier Molina 2 (2)|
|SB - Jon Jay (2, 3rd base off Torres/Buck), Adron Chambers (2, 2nd base off Torres/Buck)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|DP - Kozma-Wong-Cruz|
|St. Louis Cardinals|
|Lance Lynn (W,1-0)||2||4||2||2||0||3||1||9.00|
|Michael Wacha (H,1)||3||1||0||0||0||5||0||0.00|
|Edward Mujica (H,1)||1||1||0||0||1||1||0||0.00|
|Michael Blazek (H,1)||1||1||1||1||1||2||1||4.50|
|Eric Fornataro (H,1)||1||0||0||0||1||0||0||4.50|
|Pitches-Strikes - Lance Lynn 16-16, Michael Wacha 20-20, Edward Mujica 10-6, Michael Blazek 15-10, Eric Fornataro 6-2, Fernando Salas 11-10|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Lance Lynn 1-2, Michael Wacha 2-2, Edward Mujica 1-1, Eric Fornataro 2-0|
|Batters Faced - Lance Lynn 10, Michael Wacha 10, Edward Mujica 5, Michael Blazek 5, Eric Fornataro 3, Fernando Salas 4|
|New York Mets|
|Mike Baxter, DH||4||0||0||0||0||2||0||.000|
|a- Reese Havens, PH-DH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.000|
|Ruben Tejada, SS||3||0||1||0||0||1||0||.333|
|Omar Quintanilla, SS||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||.400|
|David Wright, 3B||3||0||2||0||0||1||0||.333|
|Brandon Hicks, 3B||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.000|
|Ike Davis, 1B||2||0||0||0||1||0||3||.143|
|Zach Lutz, PR-1B||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||.222|
|Marlon Byrd, RF||3||0||1||0||0||1||3||.375|
|Andrew Brown, PR-RF||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.143|
|Lucas Duda, LF||3||1||1||0||0||1||2||.100|
|Jamie Hoffmann, LF||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.125|
|Justin Turner, 2B||3||0||0||0||0||1||2||.250|
|Wilmer Flores, 2B||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|John Buck, C||2||1||1||2||0||0||0||.200|
|Anthony Recker, C||2||1||1||1||0||1||0||.500|
|Matt den Dekker, CF||2||0||0||0||0||2||0||.167|
|Collin Cowgill, CF||2||1||1||1||0||1||0||.571|
|a-struck out for Baxter in the 9th|
|HR - John Buck (1, Lynn), Anthony Recker (1, Blazek), Collin Cowgill (1, Salas)|
|RBI - John Buck 2 (2), Anthony Recker (1), Collin Cowgill (3)|
|2-OUT RBI - Collin Cowgill (3)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|Outfield Assists - Marlon Byrd 1|
|DP - Wright-Turner-Davis, Quintanilla-Turner-Davis, Hicks-Flores-Lutz|
|E - Brandon Hicks (3, Misplayed grounder)|
|New York Mets|
|Darin Gorski (L,0-1)||2||3||4||4||3||0||0||9.00|
|Pitches-Strikes - Darin Gorski 21-9, Carlos Torres 23-11, Robert Carson 10-10, Greg Burke 16-16, Bobby Parnell 7-3|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Darin Gorski 2-4, Carlos Torres 3-0, Robert Carson 3-1, Greg Burke 2-1, Bobby Parnell 3-0|
|Batters Faced - Darin Gorski 12, Carlos Torres 12, Robert Carson 7, Greg Burke 10, Bobby Parnell 4|
|Attendance - 3349|
|Game Time - 2:49|
|Temperature - 80|
|Umpires - Home - Chris Segal, First Base - C.B. Bucknor, Second Base - D.J. Reyburn, Third Base - Sean Barber|