Postcard from Cardinals camp for Thursday, March 23

Weather: 75 degrees, overcast

Result: Cardinals 5, Marlins 3

JUPITER, Fla. – It was not a start that Adam Wainwright could brag about, but considering how bad his last start went, it definitely was a step in the right direction.

After giving up 10 runs to the Mets in less than two innings in his last start, Wainwright worked four innings for the Cardinals against the Marlins and allowed three runs, but only one of them was earned.

It was his own fielding error that helped the Marlins score twice in the second inning before they added another run in the fourth.

Wainwright, scheduled to make one more spring start before pitching the second game of the regular season, allowed five hits, walked one and struck out one.

Other news and notes from Thursday:

High: The Cardinals stole six bases in the game, two each by Adolis Garcia and Patrick Wisdom and one by Harrison Bader and Alberto Rosario.

Low: Stephen Piscotty’s rough spring continued as he had another 0-for-3 day with a strikeout. He is now hitting .140 for the spring.

At the plate: Kolten Wong had the biggest hit of the game for the Cardinals, a two-run triple in the second inning after Randal Grichuk also hit a tripled earlier in the inning. The Cardinals have 14 triples this spring, the most in the NL … Wisdom was 2-for-2 with a double and an RBI and Rosario also was 2-for-2 … Wainwright helped himself with an RBI single.

On the mound: Four relievers combined to shut out the Nationals over the final five innings. Matt Bowman worked two scoreless innings, and Seung Hwan Oh, Arturo Reyes and Kevin Siegrist each allowed one hit in their inning of work.

Up next: The Cardinals will be in West Palm Beach to play the Nationals on Friday. Michael Wacha will make his sixth start of the spring, and Trevor Rosenthal also is scheduled to pitch.