JUPITER, Fla. • Carlos Martinez, staked to an 11-0 lead before the bottom of the second inning, had a middling effort, allowing four runs (three earned) as he threw 85 pitches for the Cardinals on Tuesday in an 11-4 romp over the Miami Marlins.
Martinez’s pitch count, a spring high for the Cardinals, took him only through four innings, however. He struck out five.
“I thought it was good,” said manager Mike Matheny. “A little loose, obviously. He’s still toying with a couple of pitches and what times to use them. A little bit of the consistency is not quite there yet. The stuff is.”
Former Marlin Marcell Ozuna, who had been four for 28 with 13 strikeouts, had a double and a single in the first two innings and Jose Martinez knocked in three runs in the first two innings with a double and a single.
Fast-rising utilityman Yairo Munoz singled home runs in the first and second and played spectacularly in the field, once gunning down a runner at first from shortstop while throwing from the ground to end the seventh inning.
“Impressive plays,” said Matheny. “But I’m not so sure about the one when he had the guy at second base 15 feet away but decided to throw off his knees 130 feet away and threw a strike.”
The Cardinals (8-8-2) jumped Miami opening-day starter Jose Urena for six runs in the first inning as he retired just one man. They added five in the second with Matt Carpenter, playing his first game of the spring, walking for the second time in two plate appearances. Carpenter, who had had a back ailment, swung twice, fouling the ball off both times.
"I felt great," said Carpenter. "I saw the ball well and now I want to just build some at-bats headed into the season.
"I wanted to go into that first at-bat really aggressive. He threw four nowhere close. In the second at-bat, (Chris Massa) made some pitches that I had to foul off. It ended up working for me."
Five Cardinals relievers pitched scoreless ball over the final five innings, going one inning apiece. They were Matt Bowman, Brett Cecil, Preston Guilmet, John Brebbia and Bud Norris.
• BOX SCORE: Cardinals 11, Marlins 4
CARPENTER UP TWICE, WALKS TWICE
Matt Carpenter walked twice in his only plate appearances in Tuesday’s game against the Miami Marlins. They came in just two innings as the Cardinals lambasted Marlins’ opening-day starter Jose Urena for six runs in the first inning and tacked on five runs in the second off reliever Chris Massa to take an 11-0 lead entering the bottom of the second.
Former Marlin Marcell Ozuna, who had been just four for 28 with 13 strikeouts, doubled and singled in the first two innings. Hot-hitting Jose Martinez knocked in three runs in those innings with a double and a single and rookie Yairo Munoz had two run-scoring singles.
Carpenter, who had been serving as the designated hitter, was replaced by Luke Voit when his third turn at the plate came around in the second inning. Cardinals starter Carlos Martinez fanned two in his first inning but allowed a home run to Derek Dietrich in the second to cut the Cardinals’ edge to 11-1.
CARPENTER AT DH; MARTINEZ STARTS
Matt Carpenter, who hasn’t played in an exhibition game yet as he has been tending to an ailing back, will be the designated hitter for the Cardinals on Tuesday as they face the Miami Marlins.
Carpenter, who will bat third in the lineup, did walk in his first at-bat in an intrasquad game on Sunday, prompting manager Mike Matheny to joke Tuesday morning, “That’s more than a lot of the guys here.”
Carlos Martinez, the Cardinals’ first-day starter on March 29 in New York, will face Jose Urena, who will be the starter for the Marlins, who are 10-5-2 in the Grapefruit League standings. The Cardinals are 7-8-2.
Cardinals reliever Luke Gregerson, back from the White House where he joined his World Series champion Houston teammates on Monday, is progressing with his oblique injury to the point he can throw a bullpen session in the next couple of days, Matheny said.
Urena will hit for the Marlins but Martinez will not.
1. Dexter Fowler rf
2. Tommy Pham cf
3. Matt Carpenter dh
4. Marcell Ozuna lf
5. Jose Martinez 1b
6. Yadier Molina c
7. Jedd Gyorko 3b
8. Greg Garcia 2b
9. Yairo Munoz ss
RH Carlos Martinez p
1. Cameron Maybin rf
2. Lewis Brinson cf
3. Starlin Castro 2b
4. Derek Dietrich lf
5. Tomas Telis c
6. Brian Anderson 3b
7. Garrett Cooper 1b
8. Miguel Rojas ss
9. Jose Urena p