03/13/12 4:00 PM ET
Wainwright tosses three shutout innings in win
By Anthony DiComo / MLB.com
PORT ST.LUCIE, Fla. -- Carlos Beltran may not have contributed much in his first game against his former club, but his Cardinals teammates did plenty of damage Tuesday in a 7-1 victory over the Mets at Digital Domain Park.
David Freese highlighted the early scoring against Mets starter Mike Pelfrey with a two-run home run in the first, before Yadier Molina extended the lead with a solo shot in the second. Pelfrey allowed four total runs over 4 1/3 innings, though he did hold Beltran hitless in his first two at-bats.
"I was going to wink at him or do something but he never looked at me," Pelfrey quipped of his longtime teammate. "It was definitely different facing him after playing with him for so long. I know in his first at-bat I kind of left the ball over the middle. I'm just glad he popped it up."
Beltran also flew out against left-hander Garrett Olson in the fifth inning and singled in the seventh, finishing 1-for-4 on the afternoon. Olson, who walked a batter and was on the mound for Tyler Greene's steal of home in the fifth, is among the favorites to win an Opening Day bullpen job now that Tim Byrdak will miss six weeks recovering from left knee surgery.
The Mets scored their first run on Lucas Duda's sacrifice fly off Maikel Cleto in the fourth, after Adam Wainwright submitted three scoreless innings for the Cardinals.
"When you look at the scoreboard, it looks fine," Wainwright said. "But I wasn't really controlling my body real well. I've got a little work to do, but the good thing about pitching is that some days when you don't necessarily feel great, you can still go out there and find a way. My arm feels great. My body felt great. I just wasn't getting it in the proper position."
But Mets closer Frank Francisco gave up a run for a third consecutive outing, this one on Matt Carpenter's RBI double in the sixth. An inning later, the Cardinals put the game out of reach on Bryan Anderson's two-run double off Ramon Ramirez.
Up next: Lance Lynn will make his first spring start on Wednesday when the Cardinals host the Astros at Roger Dean Stadium at 12:05 p.m. CT. The Cardinals recently announced that Lynn will spend the rest of Spring Training preparing to begin the year in St. Louis' rotation, in case Chris Carpenter is not ready to go in early April. Lynn logged three innings combined in his first two spring appearances. Shortstop Rafael Furcal, who has not played since Friday due to stiffness in his upper back, is also expected to be on the field.