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JUPITER, Fla. (AP) - Cardinals manager Mike Matheny is impressed with Lance Lynn's steady improvement in spring training.

Lance Lynn delivered what was easily his best outing of spring training and three relievers made a first-inning run stand up for the St. Louis Cardinals in a 1-0 victory over the Miami Marlins on Thursday.

Lynn allowed only two hits in six innings while striking out five. He retired the final 14 batters he faced.

"Lance Lynn was nasty," Matheny said. "He got better every single start. He's got a little edge now to him. A lot of it comes from people second-guessing his offseason workout. Good. I hope he carries it for a long time."

Edward Mujica, Trevor Rosenthal and Mitchell Boggs combined to allow only one hit over the final three innings to seal the victory and ensure that the Cardinals (16-14), who have one Grapefruit League game remaining, will finish with a winning record.

The Cardinals jumped to the lead in the first inning against Justin Nicolino, who will begin the season in the minors. Jon Jay bounced a double down the left field line, advanced to third on Matt Carpenter's sacrifice and scored on Matt Holliday's RBI single. Jay and Holliday both had two hits.

Miami concluded its spring with a 13-16 record.

Before the game, Miami president of baseball operations Larry Beinfest said center fielder Gorkys Hernandez had not made the club and that reliever Wilson Valdez had been sent to Triple-A New Orleans.

Hernandez came to the Marlins last season as part of the trade that sent Gaby Sanchez to Pittsburgh. Hernandez is out of options, which has Beinfest exploring the trade market.

"We're limited, so we'll go to work on that," Beinfest said.

An impressive spring by 2009 Rookie of the Year Chris Coghlan, healthy for the first time in a couple of seasons, and the development of utility player Chris Valaika prompted the decision to cut Hernandez.

Coghlan hit .306 during the spring and his 29 total bases led the Marlins. Hernandez hit .282 with only one extra-base hit.

"From day one he's looked good," Beinfest said of Coghlan. "He came in swinging the bat well and he hasn't stopped. I would say that's really one of the positives coming out of camp is the way he played."

Valaika gives the Marlins a player in the mold of former utility players Alfredo Amezaga and Emilio Bonifacio - someone who can be inserted into multiple infield and outfield positions.

"We always had an eye on him kind of early, because of the way he played the game," Beinfest said. "Then we were waiting on the performance to catch up to the spunkiness and the grinding and all that stuff."

The Marlins still have to settle on a backup catcher - between Kyle Skipworth and Koy Hill. Projected No. 2 catcher Jeff Mathis broke his collar bone early this spring and has yet to return.

Overall, first year manager Mike Redmond was pleased with the way his first camp unfolded.

"We've had a good spring," Redmond said. "The things I wanted to accomplish here I've been able to do. I feel good. Is it perfect? No, it's not perfect. But I think opening day, when the bell rings, these guys are going to be excited and we are going to go out there and play with an energy and a focus and try to win some ball games."

NOTES: St. Louis honored its Double-A Springfield team, presenting them with rings for winning the Texas League championship in 2012. ... St. Louis held a press conference to announce a 5-year, $97.5 million contract with pitcher Adam Wainwright that takes effect following this season. ... St. Louis plays its final spring training game on Friday in Port St. Lucie against the New York Mets. ... The Cardinals announced a spring attendance of 98,715 at Roger Dean Stadium, an average of 6,169 per game. St. Louis played in front of eight home sellout crowds. ... Beinfest admitted surprise at the slow speed of Logan Morrison's recovery from a knee injury. He said Morrison should resume baseball activities soon but did not have a timetable for Morrison's return to the major league club. ... With their Grapefruit League schedule complete, the Marlins head to New Orleans for Saturday's exhibition against their Triple-A affiliate, the Zephyrs.

 
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Players of the Game
Miami

J. Nicolino
IP 5.0
H 6
ER 1
BB 1
K 3
St. Louis

L. Lynn
IP 6.0
H 2
ER 0
BB 0
K 5
 

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Miami Marlins
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Juan Pierre, LF4010000 .328
Donovan Solano, 2B3000001 .383
    Chris Valaika, 2B1000000 .235
Giancarlo Stanton, RF4010021 .359
Placido Polanco, 3B3000002 .300
Greg Dobbs, 1B3000011 .280
Justin Ruggiano, CF3010021 .200
Rob Brantly, C3000000 .305
Adeiny Hechavarria, SS3000011 .183
Justin Nicolino, P1000010 .000
   a- Koyie Hill, PH1000000 .250
    Jon Rauch, P0000000 .000
    Steve Cishek, P0000000 .000
   b- Chris Coghlan, PH1000000 .306
    Mike Dunn, P0000000 .000
Totals3003007  
a-lined out for Nicolino in the 6th
b-flied out for Cishek in the 8th
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Juan Pierre 1
DP - Solano-Hechavarria-Dobbs, Solano-Hechavarria-Dobbs, Pierre-Valaika
Miami Marlins
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Justin Nicolino (L,0-1) 5611130 1.80
Jon Rauch 1000000 4.91
Steve Cishek 1200010 2.25
Mike Dunn 1100010 1.64
Pitches-Strikes - Justin Nicolino 29-25, Jon Rauch 3-3, Steve Cishek 7-7, Mike Dunn 5-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Justin Nicolino 7-3, Jon Rauch 1-2, Steve Cishek 1-1
Batters Faced - Justin Nicolino 20, Jon Rauch 3, Steve Cishek 5, Mike Dunn 3
St. Louis Cardinals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jon Jay, CF3120012 .310
    Thomas Pham, LF1000002 .000
Matt Carpenter, 2B3000011 .318
Matt Holliday, LF2021000 .310
    Adron Chambers, LF-CF1000000 .224
   a- Shane Robinson, PH-CF1010000 .452
Carlos Beltran, RF3000002 .182
    Oscar Taveras, RF1000001 .297
Yadier Molina, C3010001 .458
Matt Adams, 1B3000011 .297
Ty Wigginton, 3B2010110 .135
    Tyler Rahmatulla, PR-3B0000000 .000
Ryan Jackson, SS3010001 .233
Lance Lynn, P1000010 .000
    Edward Mujica, P0000000 .000
   b- Vance Albitz, PH10100001.000
    Trevor Rosenthal, P0000000 .000
    Mitchell Boggs, P0000000 .000
Totals2819115  
a-doubled for Chambers in the 8th
b-singled for Mujica in the 7th
Batting
2B - Jon Jay (6, Nicolino), Shane Robinson (9, Dunn)
SH - Matt Carpenter (1), Lance Lynn (1)
RBI - Matt Holliday (7)
Team LOB - 6
St. Louis Cardinals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Lance Lynn (W,2-3) 6200050 4.94
Edward Mujica (H,3) 1100020 8.49
Trevor Rosenthal (H,4) 1000000 3.38
Mitchell Boggs (S,3) 1000000 1.13
Pitches-Strikes - Lance Lynn 30-30, Edward Mujica 8-8, Trevor Rosenthal 3-3, Mitchell Boggs 3-3
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Lance Lynn 7-6, Mitchell Boggs 2-1
Batters Faced - Lance Lynn 20, Edward Mujica 4, Trevor Rosenthal 3, Mitchell Boggs 3
Game Information
Attendance - 7162
Game Time - 2:09
Temperature - 70
Umpires - Home - Sean Barber, First Base - Angel Hernandez, Second Base - Kelvin Bultron, Third Base - UMP Nonindividual