Cardinals Win One, Tie Another on Friday

On split-squad Friday, the St. Louis Cardinals edged the New York Mets at home and tied the Washington Nationals on the road.

Washington first baseman Ryan Zimmerman left the game early after diving for a ball in the Nationals' 1-1 tie with the split-squad St. Louis Cardinals on Friday.

The oft-injured Zimmerman exited after the second inning. Manager Matt Williams said Zimmerman ''banged himself a little bit'' but added, ''He's good. No worries.''

Nationals closer Drew Storen made his second spring training appearance and threw one scoreless inning. He had not pitched since March 11, two days before the righty had surgery to remove a bone in his left hand.

Washington starter Jordan Zimmermann allowed one run over six innings.

Carlos Martinez, vying for the fifth spot in the St. Louis rotation, gave up one run in five innings.

Jose Lobaton had three hits for the Nationals, including a pair of doubles. The game was stopped after nine innings.

Link to box score: St. Louis (11-8-2) 1 at Washington 1

Starters John Lackey and Matt Harvey both pitched well Friday as the split-squad St. Louis Cardinals beat the New York Mets 5-4 Friday.

Lackey gave up one run and six hits in seven innings, walking none and striking out one. He needed only 84 pitches in the longest outing by a St. Louis pitcher this spring.

Pitching on his 26th birthday, Harvey allowed one run and three hits in 4 1-3 innings, striking out five and walking none.

Harvey missed all of last season after having Tommy John surgery. The All-Star threw 58 of his 80 pitches for strikes.

Rafael Ortega hit his first two home runs this spring, a solo shot in the sixth and a three-run drive in the eighth. He had been sent to the minor league camp earlier this week.

Link to box score: St. Louis (11-8-2) 5, New York Mets 4

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