Twins snap scoreless streak, but fall to Cards
In second start, Marquis allows one run in three innings
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Adam Wainwright tossed two scoreless innings in his return from Tommy John surgery, and Rafael Furcal homered to lead the Cardinals to a 3-2 win over the Twins on Friday at Hammond Stadium.
Wainwright -- in his first live game action since Sept. 24, 2010 -- didn't allow a hit, but walked Sean Burroughs on four pitches in the second inning. He also racked up two strikeouts, getting Joe Mauer looking in the first and Ryan Doumit swinging in the second.
Twins right-hander Jason Marquis, facing his former team, gave up one run on three hits and two walks over three innings. He was also happy to see Wainwright back on the mound, as they were both traded from the Braves to the Cardinals together in '03 and played three seasons in St. Louis.
"I'm real close to Adam," said Marquis, who pitched with the Cards from 2004-06. "I spoke to him before the game. I was just happy to see he was pain-free. A lot of guys have obviously been through that surgery, but when it's a close friend of yours, you wish him the best and hope he comes back stronger and healthy. I know he has no doubts in his mind. He put a lot of work in and looked great. So now it's building innings and durability like the rest of us in Spring Training."
The Cardinals opened the scoring in the third with a sacrifice fly from Skip Schumaker to score Zack Cox, who doubled to lead off the inning.
The Twins snapped a 27-inning scoreless streak by scoring a run in the fourth against Cards right-hander Trevor Rosenthal. Chris Parmelee reached on a wild pitch despite striking out before Ryan Doumit singled and Brian Dinkelman walked to set the stage for Joe Benson, who drew a bases-loaded walk.
Furcal gave the Cardinals the lead with a solo homer off Matt Capps in the fifth. The homer, Furcal's first, came on a 2-1 pitch.
Up next for the Twins: Right-hander Terry Doyle starts against the Pirates on Saturday at 12:05 p.m. CT in Bradenton. It marks the Rule 5 Draft pick's second start of Grapefruit League play, as he tossed two scoreless frames against the Rays on Sunday. Justin Morneau, who didn't play on Friday, is expected to serve as designated hitter. The Twins are also scheduled to play in a "B" game against the Pirates with right-hander Scott Baker making the start.