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Craig homers, Cardinals win

The Cardinals notched their second spring win Wednesday on the strength of a strong start from Brad Penny and a homer off the bat of Allen Craig.

Penny, who had a rough start in his first outing, tossed four scoreless frames against the Nationals. He allowed one hit and struck out two.

Craig homered in the second off of Washington starter Garrett Mock. He was 2-for-3 with a pair of runs scored and three RBIs playing first base in place of Albert Pujols. Both Pujols and leftfielder Matt Holliday were scratched from the game, Pujols because of his stiff lower back and Holliday because of sore ribs.

As good as Penny was, closer Ryan Franklin was bad. He pitched 1 2/3 innings and gave up five hits and three earned runs.

Outfielder Jon Jay had one at bat and made good use of it by lashing a triple. Craig, Yadier Molina, Colby Rasmus and Mark Hamilton all doubled for the Cardinals.

Chris Duncan made his first appearance against his former team. He was 0-for-5 with a pair of strikeouts as the Nationals' designated hitter.

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Chris Duncan, now with the Nationals, chats with his father, Cardinals pitching coach Dave Duncan, prior to the teams' game Wednesday in Jupiter. (AP photo)