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Cardinals get Wainwright back, top Twins

Cardinals get Wainwright back, top Twins

Cardinals get Wainwright back, top Twins
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Adam Wainwright tossed two scoreless innings in his return from Tommy John surgery, and Rafael Furcal homered to lead the Cardinals to a 3-2 win over the Twins on Friday at Hammond Stadium.

Wainwright -- in his first live game action since Sept. 24, 2010 -- didn't allow a hit, but walked Sean Burroughs on four pitches in the second inning. He also racked up two strikeouts, getting Joe Mauer looking in the first and Ryan Doumit swinging in the second.

"It was business as usual, really," Wainwright said. "I felt completely just like my old self out there, to be honest with you."

Twins right-hander Jason Marquis, facing his former team, gave up one run on three hits and two walks over three innings. He was also happy to see Wainwright back on the mound, as they were both traded from the Braves to the Cardinals together in '03 and played three seasons in St. Louis.

"I'm real close to Adam," said Marquis, who pitched with the Cards from 2004-06. "I spoke to him before the game. I was just happy to see he was pain-free. A lot of guys have obviously been through that surgery, but when it's a close friend of yours, you wish him the best and hope he comes back stronger and healthy. I know he has no doubts in his mind. He put a lot of work in and looked great. So now it's building innings and durability like the rest of us in Spring Training."

The Cardinals opened the scoring in the third with a sacrifice fly from Skip Schumaker to score Zack Cox, who doubled to lead off the inning.

The Twins snapped a 27-inning scoreless streak by scoring a run in the fourth against Cards right-hander Trevor Rosenthal. Chris Parmelee reached on a wild pitch despite striking out before Ryan Doumit singled and Brian Dinkelman walked to set the stage for Joe Benson, who drew a bases-loaded walk.

Furcal gave the Cardinals the lead with a solo homer off Matt Capps in the fifth. The homer, Furcal's first, came on a 2-1 pitch.

Up next for the Cardinals: The Cardinals return home to Jupiter on Saturday for another edition of the "Fins and Feathers" series, taking on their Roger Dean Stadium co-tenants, the Miami Marlins. St. Louis will technically be the visiting team, with Miami listed as the home club. Kyle Lohse and Marlins ace Josh Johnson each make start No. 2 of the spring in the 12:05 p.m. CT contest, which marks the first of three straight days that the Cards play at Roger Dean.

Rhett Bollinger is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Bollinger Beat, and follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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