Johnson and Marlins Beat Cardinals 5-2

9 years 6 months 4 days ago Thursday, March 17 2011 Mar 17, 2011 Thursday, March 17, 2011 7:16:00 PM CDT March 17, 2011 in Sports
Source: Assoicated Press

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) -- Josh Johnson had by far his strongest outing of the spring, working six innings to help the Florida Marlins snap a nine-game spring losing streak with a 5-2 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday.

Lance Berkman had a mostly uneventful stint in right field, fielding a pair of hits on back-to-back RBI singles by Hanley Ramirez and Gaby Sanchez in the third, but had no other chances.

The 35-year-old Berkman is set to be a full-time outfielder for the first time since 2004, and had been limited to DH duty since March 1 due to elbow soreness.

Sanchez had three hits and two RBIs and Ramirez had three hits and an RBI for Florida, which was outscored 71-17 during the slump.

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