JUPITER, Fla. - The St. Louis Cardinals are counting on more from Anthony Reyes this season, and his spring training debut was a good start.
Reyes pitched two scoreless innings Sunday and the defending World Series champions got two hits apiece from Albert Pujols and Scott Rolen in a 12-3 victory over the Florida Marlins.
Reyes went 5-8 with a 5.06 ERA in 17 starts as a rookie last year, then beat Detroit 7-2 in Game 1 of the World Series. The right-hander will be even more important to the Cardinals this season because of their unsettled rotation.
Focusing on a two-seam fastball he is trying to perfect this spring, Reyes threw 19 of his 32 pitches for strikes against Florida.
"I was keeping them low, in the zone. I think starting off this year, it's a little more effective than when I started off last year," Reyes said. "I was just trying to get back into game mode and trying to control everything. I think after that first inning, I calmed down a little bit."
St. Louis also got a strong performance from Brad Thompson, who tossed three perfect innings to bolster his bid for a spot in the rotation.
The Marlins managed only one hit through the first eight innings.
"I couldn't believe we only had a one-hitter," Florida manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "We hit the ball hard, I thought. The quality at-bats are there."
Marlins starter Scott Olsen allowed three walks and three runs in 2 1/3 innings, a performance he attributed to poor mechanics and a slow tempo.
"If you look at a tape from me in July or August, my delivery is faster, my tempo is faster. Right now it's just real lackadaisical," Olsen said. "The delivery is slow. I'm walking around, taking too much time on the mound."
Right-hander Chris Volstad, the Marlins' top pick in the 2005 draft, allowed four runs, two earned, in 2 2/3 innings. Florida committed five errors, including two by All-Star third baseman Miguel Cabrera.
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