Marlins 2

(9-13, 6-6 away)

Cardinals 1

(11-8, 6-6 home)

    1:05 PM ET, March 22, 2007

    Roger Dean Stadium, Jupiter, Florida 

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    Marlins 2, Cardinals 1

    Associated Press

    JUPITER, Fla. (AP) -- Just hours after his arrest on a drunken driving charge, St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa got a show of support from fans watching his team play the Florida Marlins.

    La Russa came out of the dugout during Thursday's 2-1 loss to check on Chris Duncan after the left fielder slid into the wall trying to make a catch. Duncan was fine, and La Russa retreated to the dugout amid loud cheers.

    The 62-year-old manager was arrested early Thursday after police in Jupiter said they found him at a stop light, asleep at the wheel of his SUV. In a brief statement after the game, La Russa called the arrest an "embarrassment" and apologized.

    "I regret it, take responsibility and I'm not sure there is anything else I can say," he said.

    As for the game, Duncan said he a bit shaken up by the collision.

    "I'm OK," he said. "It just startled me a little bit."

    No. 1 starter Chris Carpenter struck out six in six innings, allowing one run, four hits and a walk.

    Marlins starter Dontrelle Willis pitched 6 2-3 shutout innings, allowing three hits. He struck out five and walked two.

    "I expect a lot out of myself," Willis said. "I've been feeling strong all spring."

    Alejandro De Aza, who was 3-for-4, hit a go-ahead double in the eighth after an error by third baseman Jolbert Cabrera on a ball hit by former-Cardinal John Gall. De Aza is hitting .387.

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