Mulder, Wainwright shine in Cards' 6-3 win

Monday, March 6, 2006

JUPITER, Fla. -- Mark Mulder threw three scoreless innings, leading the St. Louis Cardinals to a 6-3 win over the Florida Marlins on Sunday.

The left-hander allowed one hit, struck out three and walked none.

"Not to jinx myself, but I felt better today than I did in any start last year," Mulder said. "I felt really good. My mechanics feel so much better. I don't care what start you take last year, I felt better today. I felt like I was throwing harder, too."

Mulder went 16-8 with a 3.64 ERA last season, his first with the Cardinals. He fanned Robert Andino and Wes Helms looking Sunday, and got Reggie Abercrombie swinging on some nasty breaking pitches.

"I struck out two of the guys on two sinkers in, looking, and the other was on a splitter," Mulder said. "I didn't make any pitches like that last year. It's just one start. I understand that."

Adam Wainwright followed Mulder and allowed only a single in three innings. He gave up two unearned runs.

The right-hander is competing with Anthony Reyes and Sidney Ponson for the fifth slot in St. Louis' rotation.

The Cardinals scored five times in the third. Larry Bigbie and Scott Spiezio hit back-to-back RBI singles. Brian Daubach's RBI single to center was misplayed into a three-base error.


CARDINALS 6, MARLINS 3

FLORIDAST. LOUIS
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Andino ss3001Eckstein ss3110
Campsno ss1110Spivey 2b1000
Uggla sb3000Bigbie lf4121
Randel 2b1001Gorecki ph-dh1000
Jacobs 1b3000Spiezio 3b-1b3111
Carroll rf1000Daubach 1b3111
Willingham c2000Hanson 3b1111
Wilson c2000Rodriguez dh3000
Hermida rf2000Luna 2b-ss4021
Seabol 1b2000Taguchi cf3000
Helms 3b2000Bennetter c3000
Fulton 3b2000Hernandez c1000
Olivo dh2000Schumaker rf3110
Kinkde ph-dh1000
Ceicky lf2000
Ashby lf1000
Abrcrmbie cf2110
Miller cf1000
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Florida000002010--3
St. Louis00500010x--6

E--Abercrombie, Jacobs, Seabol, Hanson, Luna. DP--Florida 1. LOB--Florida 3, St. Louis 8. 3B-- Campusano. HR--Hanson. SB--Abercrombie, Luna. CS--Cepicky.

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Florida

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Petit, L2-335520
Bostick1-310020
Borowski110011
Tankersley100000
Carlyle231103
Messenger110001

St. Louis

Mulder, W310003
Wainwright312000
Benes100001
Cali111100
Voyles100001

T--2:36. A--6,288.

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