PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Carlos Martinez vindicated Mike Matheny's decision to name him the Cardinals' fifth starter, delivering six shutout innings Wednesday in a 5-4 win over Bartolo Colon and the Mets.
Making his final start in Florida before the Cardinals break camp, Martinez struck out five and walked one, snapping the Mets' four-game winning streak. New York had won four straight Grapefruit League games by a combined score of 22-5, before running into Martinez and a trio of Cardinals relievers.
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