Spring training roundup: Cardinals knock off Astros

Feb 26, 2020; West Palm Beach, Florida, USA; St. Louis Cardinals left fielder Lane Thomas (35) is congratulated by teammates after hitting a two run homer in the second inning against the Houston Astros at FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches.. Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports

Lane Thomas clubbed a two-run homer in the second inning and Justin Williams hit a solo blast later in the frame to help the St. Louis Cardinals post a 7-5 victory over the host Houston Astros on Wednesday at West Palm Beach, Fla.

The Astros tied the score at 3 in the bottom of the third on Alex Bregman’s solo shot. St. Louis, using a split squad, countered with four runs in the top of the fifth with Brad Miller delivering the tiebreaking single.

Myles Straw had two homers for Houston, which also was using a split squad. Straw hit a two-run homer in the third to get the Astros on the board and later hit an inside-the-park homer in the fifth.

Astros (ss) 4, Mets 2

Cesar Salazar homered and Aledmys Diaz and Dustin Garneaau each had RBI doubles as Houston beat New York at Port St. Lucie, Fla. Right-hander Noah Syndergaard struck out two and gave up one hit in two scoreless innings for the Mets.

Marlins 8, Cardinals (ss) 7

Lewin Diaz hit a solo homer and Chad Wallach hit the decisive three-run blast during a four-run, eighth-inning uprising as Miami rallied to edge St. Louis at Jupiter, Fla. Nolan Gorman went 3-for-5 with three RBIs for the Cardinals.

Phillies 5, Twins (ss) 4

Arquimedes Gamboa slugged a tiebreaking homer with one out in the top of the ninth inning to lift the Phillies over the host Twins at Fort Myers, Fla. Nelson Cruz hit his second home run of the spring for Minnesota

Red Sox 6, Pirates 3

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