Cardinals 2

(2-1, 1-1 away)

Marlins 3


    1:05 PM ET, March 1, 2008

    Roger Dean Stadium, Jupiter, Florida 

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    Marlins 3, Cardinals 2

    Associated Press

    JUPITER, Fla. (AP) -- Todd Wellemeyer and Brad Thompson combined to pitch five scoreless innings for the St. Louis Cardinals in a 3-2 loss to the Florida Marlins on Saturday.

    Wellemeyer, Thompson and Anthony Reyes are competing for the final two spots in the Cardinals' rotation. Reyes won his first start Thursday with three shutout innings against the Mets.

    "I made the pitches when I had to," Wellemeyer said. "I wish I would have gotten ahead of the guys a little more. I need to get ahead and stay ahead."

    Wellemeyer allowed one hit and walked three in 2 2-3 innings. Thompson followed with one-hit ball, striking out three in 2 1-3 innings.

    "Even if I don't make it I'll still be able to compete for that bullpen job," Thompson said.

    The Marlins won despite finishing with only three hits, all singles. The Cardinals had six singles, two by Rick Ankiel.

    John Baker drove in the winning run with one out in the ninth inning. Baker's hit scored Paul Hoover, who reached on third baseman David Freese's second error of the game. Freese's error in the seventh inning led to two Marlins runs.

    "Overall, we played a pretty good game," Florida manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "We played good defense and the pitchers threw strikes."

    The Cardinals scored twice in the second off starter Dallas Trahern, with Brendan Ryan and Adam Kennedy each hitting an RBI single. Ryan finished with two hits.

    Trahern, one of the prospects acquired in the December trade that sent Miguel Cabrera and Dontrelle Willis to Detroit, allowed two runs, four hits and three walks in 1 2-3 innings.

    Game notes

    Marlins CF Cameron Maybin expects to return sometime this week after feeling his left hamstring "stretch" in a game Friday against the Nationals. Maybin said he felt tight all day Friday. Maybin hit Saturday and said he will treat the hamstring with ice and stretching. ... Cardinals left-handed reliever Tyler Johnson was scratched Saturday when he experienced tightness and weakness in his throwing shoulder. Johnson will have an MRI on Monday.

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