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Washington at St. Louis

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Washington (3-3) «0410100006110
St. Louis (4-3)1010000002102

Nationals 6, Cardinals 2

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JUPITER, Fla. (AP) - Adam Wainwright was unhappy with his location and his mechanics.

The St. Louis Cardinals' ace struggled in his second spring-training start, giving up five runs and eight hits over three innings Saturday in a 6-2 loss to the Washington Nationals.

Gio Gonzalez won his second exhibition start for the Nationals, allowing two runs and five hits in three innings.

Kurt Suzuki doubled off Wainwright leading off the second and scored on Chris Marrero's single. One out later. Anthony Rendon homered on a drive more than halfway up the batter's eye beyond the center-field wall.

Eury Perez singled and scored on a throwing error by shortstop Ronny Cedeno following Danny Espinoza's single. Chris Marrero added an RBI single in the third that put the Nationals ahead 5-1.

"There are two trains of thought. You go, well it's just spring training, I'm just getting used to things and working on stuff," Wainwright said. "The other is, that wasn't very good. I lean toward the second one, with a small hint of the first one."

Unhappy with his mechanics, Wainwright allowed four earned runs.

"I left a lot of balls up and the guys obviously made me pay for the ones that were up," he said. "Rather than break with my plan and start flipping breaking balls in there and change-ups and sliders, I kept grinding through it."

Gonzalez, also making his second start, allowed Allen Craig's RBI double in the first and Craig's broken-bat, run-scoring infield hit in the third.

"My arm feels good," Gonzalez said. "I feel healthy. I feel where I want to be."

Right-hander Shelby Miller, trying to win the Cardinals' fifth starter job, followed Wainwright in first exhibition appearance of the year after being slowed by a sore shoulder, Miller struck out Rendon, Perez and Espinoza in order in the fourth, the allowed Ian Desmond's wind-aided home run to right in the fifth.

NOTES: St. Louis SS Rafael Furcal had set Saturday as the date he hoped to play the field for the first time this spring training, but his sore right elbow once again kept him out of the lineup. Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said before the game he is not putting a time line on Furcal's return. Cedeno made two throwing errors from shortstop. ... Cardinals RF Carlos Beltran was scratched from the starting lineup to give an injured right little toe more time to heal. Beltran was hit by a pitch on the right foot during the first inning of Thursday's game against Miami. He did take swings in the batting cage before the game and Matheny still expects Beltran to play for Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic. ... Washington's Roger Bernadina went 1 for 5 with a double and two RBIs for the Netherlands in a 5-0 win over South Korea in the World Baseball Classic. ... RHP Ross Detwiler is to start for the Nationals on Sunday against St. Louis before joining the U.S. team for the WBC.

 
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Players of the Game
Washington

C. Marrero
AB 3
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
St. Louis

A. Craig
AB 3
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
 

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Washington Nationals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Danny Espinosa, DH4020011 .250
   a- Sandy Leon, PH-DH1000000 .143
Stephen Lombardozzi, 2B3000002 .182
    Will Rhymes, 2B2010000 .308
Ian Desmond, SS3121001 .545
    Zach Walters, SS1000001 .188
Tyler Moore, LF3000011 .273
    Carlos Rivero, LF1000000 .125
Kurt Suzuki, C3110000 .250
    Chris Snyder, C1000000 .300
Chris Marrero, 1B3222001 .333
    Matt Skole, 1B0000100 .182
Corey Brown, RF3000001 .158
    Destin Hood, RF1000011 .250
Anthony Rendon, 3B3122010 .438
    Mike Costanzo, PR-3B1000001 .000
Eury Perez, CF3110011 .348
    Michael Taylor, CF1000000 .200
Totals37611515  
a-grounded out for Espinosa in the 9th
Batting
2B - Kurt Suzuki (1, Wainwright), Anthony Rendon (3, Boggs)
HR - Ian Desmond (1, Miller), Chris Marrero (1, Wainwright), Anthony Rendon (2, Wainwright)
RBI - Ian Desmond (3), Chris Marrero 2 (3), Anthony Rendon 2 (7)
2-OUT RBI - Chris Marrero (1)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Tyler Moore 1
Washington Nationals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Gio Gonzalez (W,2-0) 3522100 3.60
Nathan Karns (H,2) 1100200 0.00
Ryan Perry (H,1) 3200000 9.64
Drew Storen (H,1) 1200120 3.00
Erik Davis 1000010 0.00
Pitches-Strikes - Gio Gonzalez 17-13, Nathan Karns 12-4, Ryan Perry 11-11, Drew Storen 13-9, Erik Davis 5-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Gio Gonzalez 2-6, Nathan Karns 1-2, Ryan Perry 7-2, Erik Davis 1-1
Batters Faced - Gio Gonzalez 14, Nathan Karns 6, Ryan Perry 11, Drew Storen 6, Erik Davis 3
St. Louis Cardinals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jon Jay, CF2110100 .357
    Justin Christian, CF2000003 .286
Oscar Taveras, RF3120103 .318
    Stephen Piscotty, RF1000010 .000
Matt Holliday, LF3010000 .200
    Adron Chambers, LF2000001 .235
Allen Craig, DH3022000 .667
   a- Kolten Wong, PH-DH2000001 .250
Yadier Molina, C3000003 .333
    J.R. Towles, C1000010 .400
David Freese, 3B3000000 .333
    Ryan Jackson, 3B1000010 .167
Daniel Descalso, 2B2010000 .375
    Matt Carpenter, 2B2020000 .385
Ty Wigginton, 1B2000101 .067
    Matt Adams, 1B1010000 .462
Ronny Cedeno, SS3000003 .167
    Greg Garcia, SS0000100 .250
Totals36210243  
a-grounded out for Craig in the 7th
Batting
2B - Allen Craig (1, G. Gonzalez), Matt Carpenter (2, Perry)
RBI - Allen Craig 2 (5)
2-OUT RBI - Allen Craig (1)
SB - Daniel Descalso (1, 3rd base off Karns/Suzuki)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
DP - Freese-Descalso-Wigginton, M. Carpenter-G. Garcia-Adams
E - Ronny Cedeno 2 (2, Throwing)
St. Louis Cardinals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Adam Wainwright (L,1-1) 3854012 6.35
Shelby Miller 2111031 4.50
Mitchell Boggs 1100000 0.00
Michael Blazek 1100000 3.00
Eric Fornataro 1000110 3.00
Fernando Salas 1000000 3.00
Pitches-Strikes - Adam Wainwright 23-20, Shelby Miller 17-16, Mitchell Boggs 4-4, Michael Blazek 3-3, Eric Fornataro 9-5, Fernando Salas 3-3
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Adam Wainwright 5-2, Shelby Miller 2-2, Mitchell Boggs 3-0, Michael Blazek 2-0, Eric Fornataro 1-1, Fernando Salas 2-1
Batters Faced - Adam Wainwright 16, Shelby Miller 8, Mitchell Boggs 4, Michael Blazek 3, Eric Fornataro 4, Fernando Salas 3
Game Information
Attendance - 5238
Game Time - 2:35
Temperature - 66
Umpires - Home - C.B. Bucknor, First Base - Jerry Meals, Second Base - Chris Segal, Third Base - Sean Barber