Final

Cardinals 10

(15-10, 5-7 away)

Marlins 5

(8-19, 3-9 home)

1:05 PM ET, March 29, 2005

Roger Dean Stadium, Jupiter, Florida 

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St. Louis 10, Florida 5

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) -- Albert Pujols went 3-for-3 with four RBI Tuesday in the St. Louis Cardinals' 10-5 rout of the Florida Marlins.

"It's probably been the best spring of my career," Pujols said after raising his average to .434, "but that doesn't mean anything. You have to carry it into the season."

Pujols has six home runs and 19 RBI, and has not struck out this spring.

"Don't talk about strike outs, he said. "That's a bad word."

Mark Mulder allowed two earned run on eight hits over six innings.

"I don't know where my changeup has come from, but it's helped me out so much," he said. "I've never got so many swings and misses on a changeup in my life. It's helped my sinker. they're late on it. I got a couple groundballs to second for double plays. It just came out of nowhere."

The Marlins committed three errors, including a throwing error by starter Dontrelle Willis, a dropped ball by left-fielder Miguel Cabrera and a misplayed grounder by third baseman Mike Lowell.

"This is not us," said manager Jack McKeon, who held a team meeting before the game.

"It all comes back to, if you get good pitching, you play a good game. Unfortunately we didn't get the pitching and we didn't get the kind of defense we usually have."

Willis allowed six earned runs and eight hits over 4 1-3 innings. First baseman Carlos Delgado went 3-for-4 for Florida.

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