KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) — Matt Adams hit a homered among his two hits and drove in three runs, lead the St. Louis Cardinals past the Houston Astros, 5-2, Saturday.
Michael Wacha gave up two runs in seven innings, his longest outing of the spring. He allowed two runs and struck out eight without allowing a walk.
"I'm pretty happy with how it's going," Wacha said. I am just stretching myself out. I'll be ready in two weeks."
Mark Ellis played three innings at second base for the Cardinals. He is competing with Kolten Wong for the starting job at second base. Ellis is recovering from left knee tendinitis. He was signed as a free agent from the Los Angeles Dodgers during the off season. He had a hit and scored a run in three at-bats.
"I feel good and better than ever," said Ellis, who batted .270 in 46 games for the Dodgers last season. "I just want to keep progressing and getting better."
Brett Oberholtzer, who was named the No. 3 starter in the Astros' rotation, allowed five runs in five innings as his ERA rose to 11.00.
Jose Altuve homered for the Astros.
Cardinals: Manager Mike Matheny said that Wacha is ready to start the season right now. "He had a nice game and he's ready," Matheny said. "He has made some adjustments and when you have no walks in two straight games, that's pretty good."
Wacha has a 1.76 ERA this spring and hasn't allowed a walk in 10 2-3 innings.