Cardinals 5 - Baltimore 4 - March 15

Hector Luna went 3 for 4 with a stolen base and a run scored in Tuesday's 5-4 win over the Baltimore Orioles.

The St. Louis Cardinals opening day starter, Chris Carpenter pitched four shutout innings and the St. Louis Cardinals defeated the Baltimore Orioles 5-4 on Tuesday despite a poor outing by closer Jason Isringhausen.

The Orioles batted around in the fifth against Isringhausen, who blew a 4-0 lead. Rafael Palmeiro's two-run single trimmed the margin to a run, and Enrique Wilson's single tied it.

``Sometimes you have to give the other team credit,'' St. Louis manager Tony La Russa said. ``They had a lot of good at-bats.''

Carpenter allowed five hits and struck out two.

``Baltimore has a heck of a lineup, so I think what he did was impressive,'' La Russa said.

Orioles starter Rodrigo Lopez struggled early, then settled down, becoming the first Baltimore pitcher to go five innings this spring. Lopez allowed four runs -- three earned -- and seven hits, walked one and struck out three.

``He changed his game plan after the first inning,'' Baltimore manager Lee Mazzilli said. ``He did what he had to do -- he adjusted.''

Cardinal highlights included Hector Luna, who is working hard to fill a spot on the bench, had three hits, a stolen base and a run scored in Tuesday's win.

Not to be outshined by Luna, Abraham Nunez went 2 for 4, scoring 2 runs and had an RBI. Nunez and Luna, along with fan favorite Bo Hart are all trying to earn a spot on the major league roster as the back up middle infielder.

John Mabry's RBI single off of Baltimore's John Parrish,to score rookie Scott Seabol snapped a sixth-inning tie, and the St. Louis Cardinals held on for three innings for a 5-4 win over the Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday at Fort Lauderdale Stadium.

Cal Eldred 1-1, picked up the win for the Cardinals and former highly touted prospect from way back,back,back, Bill Pulsipher picked up his first save of the spring.

The Cardinals play the World Champions Boston Redsox, tomorrow at City Of Palms Park - Ft. Myers, Florida. Game time is 1:05 PM EST.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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