Rasmus provides the offense in loss

Rasmus provides the offense in loss

at Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Tuesday, March 4

Cardinals at the plate: Center fielder Colby Rasmus singled in a run in the second inning and hit a solo home run in the fifth. Designated hitter Juan Gonzalez and right fielder Brian Barton both had two hits.

Orioles at the plate: Third baseman Melvin Mora doubled in the first inning, drilled a two-run home run in the second and delivered a run-scoring single later in the game. Designated hitter Jay Gibbons singled twice and drove in two runs. Center fielder Adam Jones went 3-for-3 and scored twice, and leadoff man Brian Roberts stole his fifth base of the spring.

Cardinals on the mound: Anthony Reyes got hit hard, allowing six hits and four earned runs in two innings of work. Reyes allowed four straight hits at one point in the first inning and a two-run home run in the second. Clayton Mortensen followed directly in his footsteps, allowing five hits and three earned runs in two innings of work.

Orioles on the mound: Baltimore starter Adam Loewen stranded two runners on base in each of the first two innings. The southpaw allowed four hits and got two strikeouts, two groundouts and two fly balls. Relievers Jim Hoey and Jamie Walker both pitched scoreless innings in relief and Hayden Penn allowed a run in his only inning.

Grapefruit League records: Cardinals 2-4; Orioles 4-1-1.

Up next: The Cardinals will play two games Tuesday, starting Mike Parisi against Washington in the opener and Adam Wainwright against the Marlins later in the day.

Spencer Fordin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.