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03/18/09 3:06 PM ET

Eaton effective but O's lose close one

Starter gives up two runs, one earned, in four innings of work

at Jupiter, Fla.
Wednesday, March 18

Orioles at the plate: Nick Markakis doubled to lead off the seventh inning, went to third on a grounder to first by Aubrey Huff and scored on an infield groundout by Ty Wigginton. Markakis also had a single. Luis Montanez had an RBI double in the ninth.

Cardinals at the plate: The Cardinals scored two runs in the bottom of the first when Skip Schumaker, who led off with a walk, scored on an error and Albert Pujols, who reached on the error, scored on a sharp single to left by Ryan Ludwick. Yadier Molina ripped a single to center in his first at-bat after returning from the World Baseball Classic. Pujols lined a double down the left-field line that scored Schumaker in the sixth to give the Cards a 3-0 lead.

Orioles on the mound: Right-handed starter Adam Eaton pitched four innings, allowing two runs -- only one earned -- on three hits and a walk. He struck out two and settled down after a shaky first inning, retiring the final eight batters he faced. Chris Ray pitched one inning of relief and struck out two.

Cardinals on the mound: Right-hander Chris Carpenter had another impressive outing, pitching six scoreless innings and allowing three hits. He struck out two and walked one and 38 of his 64 pitches were strikes. Third baseman Joe Mather made an outstanding defensive play on a hard grounder off the bat of Huff in the top of the fourth to keep a run from scoring and Carpenter's scoreless innings streak intact. Carpenter has pitched 14 scoreless innings and became the first Cards pitcher to go six innings this spring.

Grapefruit League records: Orioles 9-10; Cardinals 12-6-1.

Up next: The Orioles travel to Viera, Fla., to face the Washington Nationals at 1:05 p.m. ET. Right-hander Danys Baez is the scheduled starter for Baltimore.

Steve Dorsey is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.