JUPITER, Fla. (AP) _ Jake Westbrook allowed an unearned run while pitching into the sixth inning Wednesday, and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the New York Mets 5-3.
Westbrook, who has a 3.60 spring ERA, retired the final nine batters he faced.
Mets knuckleballer R.A. Dickey left with two on and one out in the sixth inning, clinging to a 1-0 lead. Four batters later, the Cardinals went ahead 5-1, the big blow being Allen Craig’s three run homer off Manny Acosta.
Dickey was charged with two runs _ one unearned. He allowed six hits, struck out five and did not issue a walk. He said he recently made mechanical adjustments on his arm angle and hip positioning.
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