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Pudge's homer helps Nationals beat Cardinals 7-4

 VIERA, Fla. (AP) - Ivan Rodriguez hit a two-run shot off Adam Wainwright for his first homer of the spring, Willie Harris had three hits, and the Washington Nationals beat the St. Louis Cardinals 7-4 on Friday.

After Washington scored three in the first two innings, Wainwright retired 11 of 12 batters. But in the sixth, Josh Willingham singled, and Rodriguez followed with a drive to straightaway center to make it 5-4.

Wainwright went six innings, giving up five runs - four earned - and eight hits. He threw 84 pitches, with eight strikeouts and no walks.

Washington's John Lannan gave up three runs, three hits and two walks in the first inning, including Matt Holliday's RBI ground-rule double. But he quickly settled down, going 5 2-3 innings.

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