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Bats come alive in 10-5 thumping of Mets

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Albert Pujols stands at second base after hitting a double in the first inning of Sunday's game between the Cardinals and the Mets By Lakisha Jackson Albert Pujols stands at second base after hitting a double in the first inning of Sunday's game between the Cardinals and the Mets By Lakisha Jackson
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Jason Bay hits the ball in his first at-bat during Sunday's game between the Cardinals and the Mets By Lakisha Jackson Jason Bay hits the ball in his first at-bat during Sunday's game between the Cardinals and the Mets By Lakisha Jackson
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PORT ST. LUCIE (KMOV) - The Cardinal bats were busy today at Digital Domain Park as the offense produced a whopping 19 hits to beat the New York Mets 10-5.

Kyle Lohse started the game for the Cardinals, and it was his most complete outing of the spring, allowing two runs on five hits in five and a third innings. But the real story today was the Cardinals' offense, which cranked out four home runs for the first time this spring.

Notes/Observations:

- CF Colby Rasmus hit his team-leading fourth home run of the spring off Mets' pitcher Mike Pelfrey, just minutes before Ryan Ludwick hit his third of the Grapefruit League season.

- Ludwick left the game in the top of the third inning after fouling balls of his shin and foot, respectively, during an at-bat. However, he didn't leave the game until blasting a long bomb to make it 3-0 in the same at-bat.

- Albert Pujols had his best day at the plate of the spring, hitting a double, single, and a home run in four at-bats, finishing the day with two runs scored and an RBI.

- The same could be said about Allen Craig, who did all he could today to stay in the conversion for a spot on the 25-man roster. Craig finished the day three for five with two runs and an RBI, needing only a home run to complete the cycle.

- Nick Stavinoha continued his strong spring at the plate as well, hitting a solo home run in the 7th inning to straightaway center field.

- Kyle Lohse even got in on the offensive party, hitting an infield RBI single in the 6th to put the Cardinals up 6-2.

- The win moves the Cardinals to 12-11 in Grapefruit League play, the first time the team has been over .500 all spring.

Up next: Tomorrow, the Cardinals host the Minnesota Twins at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter. Jaime Garcia will make his first start of the spring for St. Louis. The left-hander, who at this point is presumed to be the fifth starter in the rotation, threw four scoreless innings in his last appearance March 22nd against the Houston Astros.

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