CARDINALS 3, BRAVES 1
at Jupiter, Fla.
Monday, March 12

Braves at the plate: Brian McCann lined out sharply, singled and doubled in three at-bats. Jeff Francoeur singled twice. T.J. Bohn hit an RBI single in the eighth inning to tie the game.

Cardinals at the plate: Rick Ankiel hit the first Cardinals home run at Roger Dean Stadium this spring when he went deep against Tyler Yates for a solo shot in the sixth. Ankiel also doubled and scored the go-ahead run in the eighth inning.

Braves on the mound: John Smoltz was extremely sharp, allowing one hit and one walk with four strikeouts in four scoreless innings. Smoltz has not permitted a run in nine innings over three Grapefruit League starts. Oscar Villareal walked one but allowed no hits in a scoreless fifth.

Cardinals on the mound: Braden Looper kept up his strong spring with 4 2/3 shutout frames. Looper allowed four hits, struck out three and didn't walk a batter; he's walked only one in 11 innings this spring. Randy Flores pitched 1 1/3 shutout innings of relief.

Grapefruit League records: Braves 8-3; Cardinals 8-4.

Up next: Atlanta plays the Astros under the lights in Orlando at Cracker Jack Stadium on Tuesday night, and it's a terrific matchup -- Tim Hudson versus Roy Oswalt. The Cardinals head west to face another ace, Johan Santana of the Twins. St. Louis will send Kip Wells to the mound against Minnesota.