JUPITER, Fla. (AP) - The Florida Marlins got another strong start from ace Josh Johnson but a bad ending from their closer Thursday.
Johnson struck out four in three scoreless innings before the St. Louis Cardinals beat up on closer Leo Nunez during a five-run ninth for a 5-3 win.
Nunez, who saved 26 games last season, allowed four hits before leaving with two outs and runners at second and third. He was charged with five runs, three earned.
Johnson, the Marlins' opening-day starter, struck out the side in the first inning, mixing in a changeup with a fastball that hit 94 mph.
Kyle Lohse looked good for the Cardinals. He struck out two and allowed two hits over four scoreless innings, throwing 33 of his 44 pitches for strikes.