Reyes lifts Redbirds with both arm, bat

Monday, March 21, 2005

St. Louis splits a pair of games with Atlanta and Detroit.

The Associated Press

KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- Anthony Reyes pitched four shutout innings and hit a two-run homer to lead a Cardinals split squad over the Atlanta Braves 2-1 on Sunday.

Reyes, who spent most of the 2004 season at Double-A Tennessee, pitched out of two bases-loaded jams. He gave up six hits, walked one and hit a batter, striking out four.

Making his second start and fourth appearance of the spring, Reyes improved to 2-1 as he positions himself to possibly fill in as the team's No. 5 starter until Matt Morris returns from offseason shoulder surgery.

Morris is scheduled to make his third spring start Wednesday against the Mets but might not be ready to join the rotation before mid-April.

Reyes broke a scoreless tie with his two-run homer off reliever Adam Bernero in the fifth inning, driving in So Taguchi.

Atlanta's Horacio Ramirez pitched four shutout innings, allowing three hits. In four appearances, including three starts, the left-hander has allowed five hits and one run in 10 innings.

In his return from a 2004 season cut short by left shoulder tendinitis, Ramirez has added an inning in each spring appearance as he gradually stretches out to open the season as the team's No. 5 starter.

Ramirez gave up singles to David Eckstein and Larry Walker to open the game before Albert Pujols hit into a double play.

"I think it was good for me to get in trouble early and have to bear down and get the double play," Ramirez said.

Ryan Langerhans, competing for a backup job in the Braves' outfield, struck out on a 3-2 pitch with the bases loaded to end the third. Langerhans was 0-for-2 with a walk.

Reyes also escaped a bases-loaded jam in the second inning. He gave up singles to Adam LaRoche and Wilson Betemit and walked Langerhans. But Eddie Perez popped out and Ramirez struck out to end the inning.

Infielder Pete Orr, competing for a utility spot on the Braves' roster, drove in John Barnes with a seventh-inning single off Randy Flores. Orr then stole his second base of the spring.

Tigers (ss) 8, Cardinals (ss) 4

Starting pitchers Chris Carpenter and Jason Johnson both struggled Sunday, and the Detroit Tigers defeated the Cardinals in a split-squad game in Lakeland Fla.

Carpenter, who gave up just one run in his first three outings this spring, allowed eight hits and five runs in three innings for the Cardinals.

"We were hoping Carpenter could give us five or six innings, but he fell behind and they nailed him," St. Louis manager Tony La Russa said.

Craig Monroe tripled home a run in the second off Carpenter. Carlos Guillen had an RBI double during a four-run third, and Ivan Rodriguez, Dmitri Young and Dean Palmer each had a run-scoring single.

"I threw quality pitches at times, and not-quality pitches at other times," Carpenter said. "My curve and changeup were sound, but that doesn't matter if you can't locate your fastball. The bright side is, it's still spring training. I'm not concerned about it."

Neither is Johnson, who threw 72 pitches in three innings. He said his problem was mechanics -- throwing across his body most of the day. The right-hander allowed seven hits and four runs in three innings.

"It's something that's easily correctable, but you can't do it in a game," Johnson said. "It's good to get that out in spring training so you can correct it before the season starts."

Cardinals slugger Jim Edmonds had two doubles in three at-bats. Hector Luna singled home a run and Yadier Molina singled home two more in the third.

"Johnson wasn't sharp," Tigers manager Alan Trammell said. "Throwing 72 pitches in three innings is not ideal. His command isn't where it needs to be."

Rick Ankiel, the former pitcher who switched to the outfield earlier this spring, was 0-for-3 with two strikeouts as the Cardinals' DH.

Guillen, the Tigers' All-Star shortstop, and second baseman Omar Infante both played defense for the first time this spring.

Guillen has been held back after having surgery on his right knee last September. Infante reported to camp with a sore throwing shoulder, an injury he sustained while playing winter ball in Venezuela. Both have appeared in games as a DH this spring, but it was the first playing time for both in the field.

"I'm feeling better every day. I want to have my confidence back. That's the key," Guillen said.

Trammell said he'll decide each day how much Guillen and Infante will play during the final two weeks of spring training.

Tigers relievers Fernando Rodney, Jamie Walker, Steve Colyer and Troy Percival combined to hold St. Louis to two hits and no runs over the final six innings.

Notes: Adam Wainwright, a candidate for a bullpen job with the Cardinals, pitched for the second time in three days and gave up two hits and one run in one inning. ... Palmer, attempting a comeback, departed with a left biceps strain after fouling off a 2-2 pitch in the fifth. The 36-year-old Palmer has not played in the majors since early in the 2003 season.

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