Gonzales Impresses in Cards Win Over Astros

A day after Carlos Martinez shined, Marco Gonzales delivered a strong performance of his own on Friday in their battle for a rotation spot.

Marco Gonzales began his bid to become the fifth starter for the St. Louis Cardinals by pitching two shutout innings Friday in a 5-2 win over the Astros.

Gonzales gave up one hit and one walk. He went 4-2 with a 4.15 ERA in 10 games for the NL Central champions last year, starting five times.

On Thursday, Carlos Martinez threw two perfect innings as he tries to win that fifth spot in the Cardinals' rotation.

Jason Heyward singled and stole a base for St. Louis.

Houston starter Brett Oberholtzer allowed one earned run and four hits in two innings.

There was a pregame moment of silence for Oscar Taveras, the Cardinals rookie who was killed in a car crash last October, and St. Louis Post-Dispatch columnist Bryan Burwell, who died from cancer in December.

Cardinals minor leaguer Tommy Pham went 4 for 4. He became the first St. Louis player to get four hits in a spring training game since Taveras in 2013.

Link to box score: St. Louis (2-0) 5, Houston (1-1) 2

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