JUPITER, Fla. -- The Marlins used small ball to erase a one-run Cardinals lead in the eighth, topping the Cardinals, 4-2, in the final game of the spring at Roger Dean Stadium on Tuesday.
Brett Hayes drew a one-out walk against Cards reliever Mitchell Boggs, and Greg Dobbs followed with a single. Scott Cousins then doubled to plate Hayes and move Dobbs to third. Emilio Bonaficio was then walked to load the bases, and Dobbs came in with the winning run on Chris Gutierrez's base on balls. Aaron Matthews' sac fly to right brought home Cousins to provide some insurance.
Tyler Henley's sac fly in the eighth plated Daryl Jones, who was pinch-running for Matthew Adams, who had led off the inning with a double, to give the Cards a 2-1 lead in the eighth, but the Marlins quickly answered in the bottom of the inning.
Both starters breezed in the final Grapefruit League game played at Roger Dean Stadium this spring. And each settled for a no-decision.
Florida's Javier Vazquez scattered five hits over 7 innings, allowing one run. And St. Louis lefty Jaime Garcia was equally impressive, yielding one run while striking out seven in six innings.
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Vazquez raised his pitch count to 85, while Garcia finished with 75.
"The last few starts, I felt the life on my fastball is there," said Vazquez, who had a dip in velocity while he was with the Yankees in 2010. "I am not worried about my velocity. I'm just worried about location and the life of my pitches. Right now, my pitches have pretty good life on them."
Colby Rasmus' one-out homer in the first inning put the Cardinals in front. It was his third homer of the spring.
Garcia was dominant early, retiring the first nine Marlins' he faced. The lefty struck out the side in order in the second inning, and had a string of four consecutive strikeouts. He also struck out five through three innings.
In the fourth inning, Chris Coghlan became Florida's first baserunner with a leadoff single to right. Omar Infante singled to center, and the Marlins were able to tie the game on Hanley Ramirez's 6-4-3 double-play grounder.
The Marlins have now won six straight, and they are 9-0-1 in their past 10 games.
Up next for the Cardinals: St. Louis wrapped up its Grapefruit League schedule on Tuesday. Next is the season opener on Thursday against the Padres at Busch Stadium. Chris Carpenter takes the mound for the Cardinals, and San Diego is going with Tim Stauffer.
Up next for the Marlins: The Marlins wrap up their Grapefruit League season on Wednesday against the Mets in Port St. Lucie. The game starts at 12:10 p.m. Minor League pitcher Joe O'Gara, who was at Class A Jupiter last year, will pitch. Chris Young is going for New York. The Marlins expected Opening Day lineup will be at the game.