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Ottavino's rough outing sinks Cardinals 4-3

Adam Ottavino allowed four earned runs on four hits and a walk in only 2/3 of an inning to allow the Astros to come from behind to beat the Cardinals Wednesday at Roger Dean Stadium.

The Cardinals scored three runs on four consectutive two outs hits in the third inning and held the lead until Ottavino's appearance in the sixth. They could have had more when then had four consecutive hits to start the fifth inning. Jon Jay singled to right field but was cut down trying to stretch it into a double. Matt Holliday, David Freese and Yadier Molina singled to load the bases. But first baseman Alex Cora grounded into a double play to end the threat.

Holliday had three hits on the day while Shane Robinson, Jay, Freese and Molina had a pair each.

Lance Lynn, who is filling in for the injured Chris Carpenter, started the game for St. Louis and pitched three solid innings. He allowed a pair of flair base hits in the first, but no more baserunners in the rest of his three innings of work.

Tyler Greene was 0-for-4 at the plate with a pair of strikeouts. But his defense sparkled when he made a long, ranging play to his left to snare a ground ball and make the out at first. Later he went deep into the hole behind second base to catch a pop up on the run.

The stadium announcer at Roger Dean Stadium traditionally mentions the temperature in Jupiter at the beginning of the game compared to the thermometer reading in St. Louis and the home city of whatever club the Cardinals are playing. He noted today that it was his first time in 13 years of Redbirds spring training that it was warmer in St. Louis than it was in south Florida. The temperature was 76 at game time in Jupiter compared to a high of 80 expected in St. Louis.

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