MIAMI, April 25 (UPI) -- Brett Tomko pitched a nine-hitter for his first complete game of the season Friday night and the St. Louis Cardinals broke a five-game losing streak with a 9-2 win over the Florida Marlins.
In his previous start, Tomko (2-2) allowed one run in eight innings but lost to the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Albert Pujols gave the righthander a quick 2-0 lead with a home run off A.J. Burnett (0-2) in the top of the first inning. Burnett issued three straight walks and Edgar Renteria produced another run with a sacrifice fly.
Renteria had an RBI double in the sixth and the Cardinals added a run when Burnett walked Tomko with the bases loaded.
In 5 2/3 innings, Burnett yielded just four hits but was done in by six walks and gave up five runs. Vladimir Nunez surrendered two runs in the seventh as Eli Marrero homered and Tino Martinez lifted a sacrifice fly.