- The Washington Times - Sunday, March 25, 2007

Cardinals 4, Nationals 2 (10)

VIERA, Fla. — St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Nick Stavinoha doubled to left field in the top of the 10th inning off Nationals reliever Ryan Wagner to break a 2-2 tie. Stavinoha, who is a non-roster invitee, pinch-hit for pitcher Josh Hancock and scored Chris Duncan. The Cardinals added another run in the 10th on Gary Bennett’s sacrifice fly to left field.

With the win, the Cardinals snapped the Nationals five-game winning streak. The Nationals are now 10-12-1 in the Grapefruit League. With 10 exhibition game remaining, including one more split-squad game, the Nationals have a good chance of finishing above .500 during the exhibition season.

Right-hander Shawn Hill gave the Nationals a solid outing. Hill allowed two unearned runs and two hits in 51/3 innings. The Cardinals scored two runs off of Hill in the first inning.

The game didn’t start on a good note for the Nationals. Cardinals leadoff man Aaron Miles hit a chopper in front of home plate. Nationals catcher Jesus Flores fielded the ball, but threw the ball past first baseman Travis Lee. The Cardinals’ Albert Pujols then drove in Miles with a double down the left field line. St. Louis scored its second run of the inning on a Preston Wilson groundout.

The Nationals answered with a run in the first on Austin Kearns’ groundout to third that scored shortstop Cristian Guzman. Guzman delivered an RBI single in the fifth inning that scored Flores and tied the game at 2-2.

TEMPERATURE CHECK

THE GENERAL (UP)

Cardinals fan Bob Knight in attendance.

TRAFFIC ISSUES (DOWN)

Viera mall shoppers make roads look like D.C.

GORGEOUS AFTERNOON (UP)

Beautiful day at the ballpark.

NOOK LOGAN (DOWN)

Speedy center fielder suffers groin injury.

BY THE NUMBERS

7,253 Fans in attendance, marking the Nationals’ first sellout of the spring.

4 Errors committed by the Nationals against the Cardinals yesterday, a spring high.

OVERHEARD

“Not that I’m sick of spring training, but I am. I’d rather get going. Coming in early in the morning is not the end of the world, but you start looking forward to night games in front of bigger crowds, big stadiums, that kind of stuff. I’m definitely ready for the season to start.”

— Nationals right-hander Shawn Hill.

SEVEN-DAY SCHEDULE

Today: vs. Braves in Lake Buena Vista, 1:05 p.m.

Tomorrow: vs. Tigers in Lakeland, 1:05 p.m.

Tuesday: vs. Mets in Viera, 7:05 p.m.

Wednesday: vs. Marlins (ss) in Jupiter, 1:05 p.m.; vs. Orioles (ss) in Viera, 1:05 p.m.

Thursday: vs. Orioles in Columbus, Ohio, 4:05 p.m.

Friday: vs. Orioles in Norfolk, 2:05 p.m.

Saturday: vs. Orioles at RFK Stadium, 1:05 p.m.

HOW TO GET TO SPACE COAST STADIUM

From Orlando/north: Take Route 528 East (Bee Line Expressway) 25 miles to I-95 South. Exit I-95 South at Fiske Boulevard (Exit 195). Proceed south on Fiske Boulevard/Stadium Parkway to the stadium. Approximate time: 45 minutes.

From Melbourne/south: Take I-95 North to Wickham Road (Exit 191) and turn left. Turn right on Lake Andrew Drive and follow to the stadium. Approximate time: 20 minutes.

TODAY’S WEATHER

Washington: Partly cloudy, 63 degrees.

Viera: Sunny, 81 degrees.

— Ken Wright

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