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Shelby Miller overcomes jitters in first Grapefruit League start

Cardinals top prospect Shelby Miller got off to a shaky start. But he settled down quickly and emerged from his first appearance of the spring with one run allowed in two innings of Grapefruit League play.

Miller gave up a leadoff double and an RBI single, seeming to struggle to find his control in the first inning. He also had a rough patch in the fielding department, bumping into third baseman Daniel Descalso as several players converged on a high a pop-up. But he retired the Nationals 1-2-3 in the second inning.

Descalso was 2-for-4 at the plate with a solo homer in the fifth. Matt Adams and Jon Jay also notched a pair of hits each and the Redbirds held a 3-1 in the bottom of the ninth when Lance Lynn came in and blew the save when he allowed a game-tying homer.

Adam Ottavino accomplished the rare feat of striking out four batters in one inning of work -- thanks to one of his two wild pitches on the day. Closer Jason Motte worked one inning and allowed only a walk.