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Rasmus, Cardinals pound Houston


The Cardinals -- despite being without former Astro Lance Berkman, Albert Pujols and Matt Holliday -- pounded Houston 10-2 at Kissimme.

Centerfielder Colby Ramus paced the offense in a 3-for-3 day to raise his spring batting average to .538. He scored a pair of runs and driven in another while doubling and stealing a base in the early going before being lifted midway through the contest.

Allen Craig, who played right field with Berkman back in Jupiter, chipped in a pair of hits, two RBIs and a run scored against Houston and third baseman Matt Carpenter is 2-for-2 with a pair of runs scored and a pair of runs driven in.

Kyle Lohse, making his first spring start, pitched three innings, allowing three hits and a run on a solo homer. He struck out one and walked none before giving way to the bullpen.

Miguel Bautista was tagged for a run on three hits and two walks in one inning to cut the St. Louis advantage to 7-2, before coaxing an inning ending double play ball.