Late gaffe spoils Nate Eovaldi's solid start against Cardinals
Nate Eovaldi was solid for 6+ innings, but a late gaffe left the Marlins with a loss to St. Louis.
By ASSOCIATED PRESSFS Florida
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Mike Redmond lost another argument with the umpires. He watched the
Miami Marlins surrender the lead, and then the game, from the clubhouse.
"Two days where we have calls go against us," Redmond said after right fielder Giancarlo Stanton's error allowed the winning run to score in a 5-4 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday. "It's tough to beat these guys on the road, especially when you're not getting any breaks."
Redmond was ejected for arguing a close play at the plate in the fourth. Replays indicated Adeiny Hechavarria's legs crossed the plate before catcher Tony Cruz tagged him on the shoulder, but Redmond said home plate umpire Bill Welke told him that he didn't believe Hechavarria touched the plate.
Instead of leading 5-2 with one out, a man on first and the top of the order due, there were two outs and a man on first.
"I thought he was clearly safe. I don't know that he even tagged him," Redmond said. "I knew that run was going to be big.
"I think of these guys and they're busting their butts."
A day earlier, the Marlins ended up with a fluke double play when Hechavarria was ruled out at third without a tag necessitated when pitcher Jacob Turner was tagged out at the plate after a sacrifice bunt bounced off the plate and right to catcher Yadier Molina.
Hechavarria was in the dugout and thus ruled out for leaving the field before the Marlins could react.
Jon Jay scored from first on pinch hitter Shane Robinson's single when an indecisive Stanton made a throw that first baseman Logan Morrison couldn't handle and the ball rolled free.
"I don't know if it actually hit the ground or was an in-between hop," Morrison said. "I was just trying to get to it before it hit the ground and I didn't.
"We should have won that game, there's no doubt about it."
Edward Mujica (1-1) worked a scoreless ninth for the Cardinals after Matt Adams' pinch-hit two-run homer tied it two innings earlier.
Jay drew a full-count walk off A.J. Ramos (3-3) with two outs and had third easily on Robinson's pinch-hit single.
The Marlins got homers from Derek Dietrich and Morrison but their run of four straight series wins ended after dropping the first two against the Cardinals.
Adams' homer off Mike Dunn foiled the Marlins' switch from starter to a lefty-lefty matchup and tied it at 4. Adams has both of the Cardinals' pinch homers this season.
Both starters reached season bests for innings, with Eovaldi going up three runs in 6 2-3 innings and Joe Kelly allowing four runs in six innings.
Manager Mike Matheny gave Kelly the fifth spot in the rotation on June 22 but the Cardinals didn't need him until now because of three off days, and the right-hander was used just once in long relief on June 28 before facing the Marlins.
Morrison has four homers his last six games against the Cardinals. His fourth of this season put the Marlins up 3-1.
Kelly singled for his sixth career hit in 38 at-bats and scored on Matt Carpenter's triple in the third, a hooking drive that barely got past center fielder Marcell Ozuna. Carlos Beltran followed with an RBI single before Matt Holliday grounded into his 21st double play, by far the most in the majors.
Dietrich doubled with one out in the second and scored easily on Hechavarria's single.
NOTES: The Cardinals are slotting ace Adam Wainwright ahead of rookie Shelby Miller on Tuesday, giving the 11-game winner two starts heading into the All-Star break. Because Wainwright will be pitching next Sunday at Chicago, he won't be eligible to pitch in the All-Star Game. ... A second straight giveaway, this one for Holliday jerseys, attracted a second straight sellout with attendance of 45,475. Fans jammed entrances more than two hours before game time, to make sure they got the souvenir given to fans 16 and over. ... Cardinals SS Daniel Descalso had two throwing errors, a day after 2B Carpenter had a pair of errors. ... Cruz made just his eighth start of the season with Molina sent for testing on a knee injury. ... Cardinals starting SS Pete Kozma, in an 0 for 17 slump, did not play for the third straight game.