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Mat Latos throws 3 scoreless innings in spring training debut as Marlins defeat Cardinals 6-3

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JUPITER, Florida — Mat Latos allowed two hits over three scoreless innings in his first appearance in a Miami Marlins' uniform, a 6-3 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday.

Acquired from Cincinnati in an offseason trade, Latos angered the Reds when he told Fox during spring training that the Reds rushed him back from knee and elbow injuries last season.

"As far as what happened, it's done and it's over with," Latos said. "Turn the page."

Latos struck out two and walked two, throwing 22 of 39 pitches for strikes.

"I was good enough to make pitches and get outs when I needed to," he said. "A couple ground ball double plays, those saved me."

Mike Morse singled in Dee Gordon in the first, tying him for the team high with six RBIs in the spring. Reid Brignac' hit a three-run triple in the second that fell barely inside the left-field line and just out of reach of a diving Tommy Pham. Center fielder Peter Bourjos tracked down the ball in the corner while Pham remained on the ground. Pham left the game with a quad strain.

STARTING TIME

Cardinals: Zach Petrick allowed four runs, five hits and two walks in two innings. Petrick, likely starting the season at Triple-A Memphis, was making his first spring training start this year and third appearance.

Marlins: Tom Koehler, originally listed to start Saturday against Washington, will instead throw on a back field at the Marlins' spring complex. Slated to be a member of Miami's rotation, Koehler has made only one exhibition start.

PHOTO: FILE - In this March 8, 2015, file photo, St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Lance Lynn, center, walks past manager Mike Matheny, left, witha member of the training staff as he leaves a spring training baseball game after being injured in the second inning against the Miami Marlins in Jupiter, Fla. Lynn won't make his scheduled start Friday after the righty strained his left hip flexor in St. Louis' game on Sunday. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)
FILE - In this March 8, 2015, file photo, St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Lance Lynn, center, walks past manager Mike Matheny, left, witha member of the training staff as he leaves a spring training baseball game after being injured in the second inning against the Miami Marlins in Jupiter, Fla. Lynn won't make his scheduled start Friday after the righty strained his left hip flexor in St. Louis' game on Sunday. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)

TRAINER'S ROOM

Cardinals: Now that he's thrown two batting practice sessions, Adam Wainwright began agility drills Friday. Wainwright sustsined a minor abdominal strain early in camp and has yet to appear in a spring training game. St. Louis has yet to announce a date for Wainwright's first exhibition start.

Marlins: Adeiny Hechavarria didn't play but is expected to appear in consecutive games for the third time this spring training this weekend. Hechavarria had been dealing with what the Marlins called a tired shoulder.

DOUBLE TIME

In an effort to give some younger players more game action, the Cardinals and Marlins played an early exhibition on the back fields prior to their Grapefruit League game. Bourjos, who is working on a new swing, played in both games, going a combined 2-for-7. His single in the fifth inning of the main game stopped an 0-for-13 Grapefruit League start. "Overall he's making good progress, he just needs to see some success," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said.

SUPER VERSATILE

The Marlins started Ichiro Suzuki in left field, and he threw out Mark Reynolds at the plate. The Marlins signed Suzuki to be their fourth outfielder, and he has started at every outfield position. "The beauty of Ichiro is that he can do all those things; he can play all those positions," Miami manager Mike Redmond said.

MOVING TIME

Miami reassigned pitchers Brian Ellington and Ryan Reld, catcher Sharif Othman and infielders Viosergy Rosa to minor league camp. They also optioned pitcher Grant Dayton to Triple-A New Orleans.

UP NEXT:

St. Louis hosts Minnesota on Saturday, and the Cardinals give Michael Wacha his second start. Miami plays Washington in Viera, and the Nationals planned to start Gio Gonzalez.

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