JUPITER, Fla. -- Adam Wainwright's spotless spring ERA column incurred a few blemishes on Wednesday, but the Cardinals jumped on the Tigers' bullpen for six unanswered runs to grab a 9-5 win over Detroit at Roger Dean Stadium. The two clubs split their pair of Grapefruit League matchups.
Utility man Matt Carpenter, who is making a push for one of the Cardinals' final bench spots, broke a 5-5 tie with a one-out run-scoring triple off Tigers reliever Phil Coke in the seventh. Lance Berkman followed with an RBI single to pad the lead. Coke's afternoon ended there. He had allowed a bases-loaded walk the previous inning.
After not allowing an earned run in his first 16 Grapefruit League innings, Wainwright gave up three in his third inning of work on Wednesday. He issued a one-out walk, which was followed by singles from Brennan Boesch, Jhonny Peralta and Andy Dirks to give the Tigers an early lead.
Detroit then padded that lead with an unearned run off Wainwright the following inning when Rafael Furcal couldn't corral a two-out grounder.
Wainwright's final line included six hits and one walk. It was his first outing without a strikeout, and it was his most inefficient. He was pulled with two out and no one on in the fifth after reaching a pitch count of 77. Fifty of those pitches were strikes.
Tigers starter Drew Smyly also made a 4 2/3-inning appearance, and it marked the left-hander's longest outing of the spring. After retiring seven of the first eight hitters he faced, he got himself into some third-inning trouble that began with walking Wainwright. The Cardinals ended up scoring twice in the frame, with RBIs from Carlos Beltran and Matt Holliday.
Tyler Greene, who is expected to be St. Louis' Opening Day second baseman, led off the fifth with a homer off Smyly, who faced two more batters before being replaced by Brayan Villarreal. Smyly's final pitch count was 80, 52 of which were strikes. He allowed only three hits and struck out four. He also hit two batters.
Brandon Inge drove home Detroit's fifth run with a sixth-inning double off Cardinals reliever Mitchell Boggs. Inge entered the game with only one hit in his previous 15 at-bats. St. Louis answered with two runs in the bottom half of the inning to even the score at 5.
Holliday watched his hitting streak come to an end at 13 games with his 0-for-2 day. He did draw a walk before being replaced with a pinch-runner in the sixth, which extended his on-base streak to 15 games.
Up next: Detroit will play under the lights in a 6:05 p.m. ET home game against the Nationals on Thursday on MLB.TV. Right-hander Max Scherzer will make the start, his sixth in Grapefruit League play. Scherzer has allowed nine earned runs over his last three outings (14 2/3 innings). He is scheduled to be followed by closer Jose Valverde.
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