Spring Training Baseball, Monday: Cardinals beat Braves, Fall to Nationals


March 13th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) – Carlos Beltran went 2-for-4 in his return following a bout with the flu, and Kolten Wong singled in the winning run with two outs in the ninth inning as a St. Louis Cardinals split squad beat the Atlanta Braves 5-4 on Monday. Cardinals starter Jaime Garcia allowed one run, three hits and two walks. Only 21 of his 40 pitches were strikes.

In the early afternoon game, Ryan Zimmerman homered for the second time this spring and added a double in the Washington Nationals’ 8-4 victory against a St. Louis Cardinals split squad, Monday. David Freese hit a three-run home run for St. Louis. Top Cardinals prospect Shelby Miller gave up three runs and four hits in 2 1-3 innings.