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McClellan sharp in loss to Braves

The Cardinals bats were quiet Thursday on a rainy, cool day in Florida. But starting pitcher candidate Kyle McClellan was sharp and efficient in four innings of work.

McClellan allowed three hits and one run while walking one and striking out one in a 2-1 loss to the Braves on the Disney World complex.

The Redbirds collected only six hits against Atlanta. Derek Lowe started the game for the Braves and pitched four strong innings before giving way to the bullpen.

Hot hitting minor leaguer Matt Carpenter had one safety, left fielder Matt Holliday, right fielder Nick Stavinoha, second baseman Daniel Descalso and pinch hitter Adron Chambers had the others.

Outfielder-third baseman Allen Craig was held out of the game because of slippery conditions. He has been nursing a lower leg injury and the Cardinals didn't want to aggravate it by having him slip on the wet outfield grass.

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