Hill struggles again as Cards lose to Braves 5-3

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) - Rich Hill didn't do anything to improve his bid to become the St. Louis Cardinals' fifth starter, allowing three earned runs on two hits and five walks in a 5-3 loss to the Atlanta Braves on Thursday.

Chipper Jones delivered the biggest blow to Hill's afternoon. The 37-year-old switch hitter put what he called his first real-good right-handed swing of the spring on a 1-1 fastball in the third, sending it bouncing off the roof of the clubhouse beyond the left field wall.

The only trouble Atlanta starter Tim Hudson ran into during his five innings came in the fourth when Colby Rasmus pulled a triple that wrapped around first base and ricocheted off the bullpen wall into shallow right field, scoring Felipe Lopez.

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