Nationals 6, Cardinals 2

Adam Wainwright was unhappy with his location and his

mechanics.

The St. Louis Cardinals’ ace struggled in his second

spring-training start, giving up five runs and eight hits over

three innings Saturday in a 6-2 loss to the Washington

Nationals.

Gio Gonzalez won his second exhibition start for the Nationals,

allowing two runs and five hits in three innings.

Kurt Suzuki doubled off Wainwright leading off the second and

scored on Chris Marrero’s single. One out later. Anthony Rendon

homered on a drive more than halfway up the batter’s eye beyond the

center-field wall.

Eury Perez singled and scored on a throwing error by shortstop

Ronny Cedeno following Danny Espinoza’s single. Chris Marrero added

an RBI single in the third that put the Nationals ahead 5-1.

”There are two trains of thought. You go, well it’s just spring

training, I’m just getting used to things and working on stuff,”

Wainwright said. ”The other is, that wasn’t very good. I lean

toward the second one, with a small hint of the first one.”

Unhappy with his mechanics, Wainwright allowed four earned

runs.

”I left a lot of balls up and the guys obviously made me pay

for the ones that were up,” he said. ”Rather than break with my

plan and start flipping breaking balls in there and change-ups and

sliders, I kept grinding through it.”

Gonzalez, also making his second start, allowed Allen Craig’s

RBI double in the first and Craig’s broken-bat, run-scoring infield

hit in the third.

”My arm feels good,” Gonzalez said. ”I feel healthy. I feel

where I want to be.”

Right-hander Shelby Miller, trying to win the Cardinals’ fifth

starter job, followed Wainwright in first exhibition appearance of

the year after being slowed by a sore shoulder, Miller struck out

Rendon, Perez and Espinoza in order in the fourth, the allowed Ian

Desmond’s wind-aided home run to right in the fifth.

NOTES: St. Louis SS Rafael Furcal had set Saturday as the date

he hoped to play the field for the first time this spring training,

but his sore right elbow once again kept him out of the lineup.

Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said before the game he is not

putting a time line on Furcal’s return. Cedeno made two throwing

errors from shortstop. … Cardinals RF Carlos Beltran was

scratched from the starting lineup to give an injured right little

toe more time to heal. Beltran was hit by a pitch on the right foot

during the first inning of Thursday’s game against Miami. He did

take swings in the batting cage before the game and Matheny still

expects Beltran to play for Puerto Rico in the World Baseball

Classic. … Washington’s Roger Bernadina went 1 for 5 with a

double and two RBIs for the Netherlands in a 5-0 win over South

Korea in the World Baseball Classic. … RHP Ross Detwiler is to

start for the Nationals on Sunday against St. Louis before joining

the U.S. team for the WBC.