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Cardinals drop Mets 4-3 in strong outing by Kyle Lohse

Kyle Lohse showed he is ready to start the season Friday with a dominating start over the Mets at Roger Dean Stadium.

New York scored only one unearned run against Lohse in six innings of work. He struck out seven Mets hitters and allowed three hits and a walk while Matt Carpenter led the offense with a double and a home run to solidify his claim on a reserve infielder slot on the 25-man roster.

St. Louis dominated the game until the eighth inning, leading 4-1, before Fernado Salas entered -- and struggled mightily. He recorded no outs while allowing three hits and a walk to let the Mets cut the Cardinals lead to 4-3. The two earned runs pushed Salas' ERA to an unsightly 5.14 for the spring.

Victor Marte pitched the ninth inning and allowed a one out single before shutting down New York to close out the game.

Left fielder Matt Holliday joined Carpenter in collecting two hits. He's batting .409 in Grapefruit league play.