JUPITER, Fla. _ The Cardinals suffered their second straight exhibition loss today to the Miami Marlins, this one also ending in a 5-4 count.
Non-roster infielder Avery Romero singled to left off Seth Maness with two out in the ninth to drive in the winning run. Maness had issued a rare walk to move the winning run into scoring position.
Cardinals pitching highlights included starter Lance Lynn tossing two scoreless innings and lefthanded relievers Randy Choate and Sam Freeman both working a perfect inning.
Scott Moore, a 30-year-old, non-roster infielder who has spent parts of the last eight seasons in Class AAA, homered in the eighth to tie the score for the Cardinals.
The lefthanded-hitting Moore, who had nine homers while with Houston in 2012, drove a ball over the right-field wall to lead off the inning.
Lynn said he could have gone longer than the 29 pitches he was permitted to throw.
"But there's a month till we have to be ready so there's no point in pitching too much early," he said.
Lynn, who was erratic though winning 15 games last year, said "This is the best I've felt arm-wise, ever. I'm looking forward to being able to work and not have to worry about some of the things that I've worried about in the past."
Cards cut Miami lead to 4-3
A double by backup outfielder Rafael Ortega keyed a two-run seventh inning for the Cardinals today as they cut into the Miami Marlins' lead, slicing it to 4-3.
Travis Tartamella singled, Greg Garcia was struck in the back by a pitch, Stephen Piscotty hit a sacrifice fly and the Marlins contributed a wild pitch and a fielding error in the inning.
Veteran lefthander Randy Choate worked a perfect sixth for St. Louis, retiring Ty Wigginton on a liner to short. Choate and Wigginton were signed as free agents by the Cardinals before last season but Wigginton was released during the year.
Lefthander Sam Freeman then pitched a perfect seventh for the Cardinals, who had lost their first baseball exhibition game to Miami, 5-4, on Friday.
Lynn breezes through two innings
Righthander Lance Lynn, who has won 33 games for the Cardinals in the last two seasons, breezed through the Miami Marlins in his first exhibition outing of the spring.
Lynn allowed only a second-inning single by Garrett Jones as he retired six of the seven men to face him. He struck out one in using just 29 pitches. The Cardinals led, 1-0, when Lynn left but fell behind, 4-1, in the fourth after free-agent signee Angel Castro was cuffed for three extra-base hits in a four-run fourth,
The portly, 5-foot-11 Castro had pitched at Class AAA Albuquerque last year.
Grichuk's triple puts Cards ahead
Randal Grichuk, the other part of the David Freese trade with the Los Angeles Angels, one-handed a ball over the head of Miami center Marcell Ozuna in the second inning today. By the time Ozuna had made the pickup and return throw, Grichuk was sliding safely into third with a run-scoring triple as the Cardinals took a 1-0 lead in their exhibition game.
Grichuk, playing right field today, had been acquired along with center fielder Peter Bourjos from the Angels.
Ellis singles, Peralta fans
Mark Ellis and Jhonny Peralta made their Cardinals exhibition debuts today in varying fashion.
Ellis, playing second base against the Miami Marlins, singled in the first inning. But, after Matt Holliday also singled, shortstop Peralta fanned on a breaking ball.
Daniel Descalso then fouled out and Lance Lynn took the mound for the Cardinals, who lost to Miami in their exhibition opener, 5-4, on Saturday.