JUPITER, Fla. (AP) - Albert Pujols hit his first home run of the spring, but right-hander Chris Carpenter was pounded for seven runs Friday in the St. Louis Cardinals' 7-6 loss to the Florida Marlins.
Carpenter gave up six runs on seven hits in the first inning. He threw 21 of his 29 pitches in the first inning for strikes, and the Marlins didn't miss. Eleven batters came to the plate, with Chris Coghlan singling twice in the inning.
Anibal Sanchez, in line to be the Marlins' No. 3 starter, allowed two runs on four hits in five innings for the win.
Pujols' home run, with two outs in the third inning, landed well beyond the left field wall in front of the Marlins' clubhouse building. It was the slugger's first home run since Sept. 9.