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Goldschmidt homers off Verlander; Cardinals lead Houston 6-1

JUPITER, Fla. — Paul Goldschmidt had only two hits in his first 11 spring at-bats but both were homers and off top-shelf pitchers. The Cardinals’ first baseman blasted a Justin Verlander pitch to left center and out of Roger Dean Stadium in the third inning Tuesday as the Cardinals took a 6-1 lead over the Houston Astros in an exhibition game.

Goldschmidt’s previous homer had come off New York Mets righthander Marcus Stroman.

Max Schrock doubled home a run against Verlander in a two-run second prolonged by an error by shortstop Carlos Correa. Matt Wieters powered a fourth-innng homer off Jared Hughes to ignite a three-run inning.