Cardinals 4, Marlins 1
A fireworks display from the nearby riverfront began before
closer Edward Mujica took the mound. After the final out, the St.
Louis Cardinals had their own little display.
”That’s crazy,” Mujica said after finishing off the Miami
Marlins for a 4-1 victory Friday night. ”I saw the people before
the inning taking pictures and everything. I’d never seen that
The Cardinals saw what they’ve seen all year from Mujica, the
former setup man who capitalized on his chance with a perfect
21-for-21 start before finally blowing one on Thursday night.
”Everybody has bad days sometimes,” Mujica said. ”You try to
get here and turn the page. I knew what I did, I made a couple
mistakes, and I went right after them.”
Jake Westbrook worked seven strong innings and Allen Craig had
two RBIs for a lineup that spoiled Jacob Turner’s homecoming early
”I was able to get ahead quite a bit tonight, but I wasn’t able
to put a lot of guys away,” Turner said. ”And I think that’s what
Matt Holliday doubled twice with an RBI and Mujica rebounded for
the Cardinals, who had lost eight of 11 and plummeted from the
majors’ best record to second place in the NL Central entering a
The Marlins totaled three hits and lost for just the third time
in 11 games. They flubbed a scoring chance in the fifth with an
unusual double play off a sacrifice bunt attempt from Turner.
”I saw guys out, everybody was out,” manager Mike Redmond
said. ”I thought it was a triple play.”
The hard-throwing Turner (2-1), a former first-round pick from
suburban St. Charles, Mo., and confidant of Cardinals manager Mike
Matheny, surrendered four runs on seven hits in six innings. The
22-year-old entered with a 1.76 ERA his first six starts of the
year and threw his first career complete game his last time
Matheny’s son Tate caught Turner for a handful of games at
Westminster Christian Academy before Turner was the Tigers’
first-round pick in 2009. Matheny minimized his influence before
the game, and afterward said knowledge of the back story wasn’t a
”These guys, they know what they’re doing,” Matheny said. ”I
could have watched every start he ever threw but it’s different
once you get in the box.
”They had a good game plan. They knew what they wanted to
Westbrook (5-3) was hurt only by Logan Morrison’s 440-foot homer
to straightaway center leading off the second that ended the
right-hander’s streak of 23 innings without allowing an earned run
at home to start the season. The sinkerballer got all three outs on
ground balls five times and benefited from two double plays, one of
them a bit unusual, and is 3-1 in his last four starts.
”Controlling counts, you have to make them swing at it down
there,” Westbrook said. ”To do that you’ve got to get ahead. I
was able to do that tonight.”
Trevor Rosenthal struck out the side in the eighth before Mujica
struck out two in a perfect ninth, less than 24 hours after giving
up a game-tying two-run homer to the Angels’ Josh Hamilton in a 6-5
loss Thursday night.
With runners on first and second and none out in the fifth,
Turner was called out by home plate umpire Fieldin Culbreth after
his sacrifice bunt attempt bounced off the plate and right to
catcher Yadier Molina for a quick tagout. Molina threw to third and
Adeiny Hechavarria was ruled out without a tag, then was in the
dugout before the Marlins could react.
Culbreth, speaking to a pool reporter from the Associated Press,
called it an ”unfortunate circumstance of three or four things
taking place at once.” He said he ruled on a fair ball and the out
”basically simultaneously,” then was distracted by complaints
from Marlins third base coach Joe Espada.
”In the middle of making both those calls, I think the runners,
fielders and possibly even my colleagues couldn’t see my actions as
well,” Culbreth said. ”And that’s what led to the
Holliday and Craig doubled with two outs in the first to nearly
identical drives to right-center to put the Cardinals in front.
They got RBI doubles from Holliday and Matt Adams plus a sacrifice
fly from Craig in the third to make it 4-1.
Craig is near the top of the National League with 68 RBIs and
entered with a league-leading .469 average with runners in scoring
A standing room crowd of 46,177 attracted by a Mike Shannon
bobblehead giveaway gave the longtime Cardinals announcer a lengthy
ovation before the seventh. Shannon left the stadium with four
bobbleheads in a shopping bag.
Notes: Joe Kelly (0-3, 3.86) makes a long-delayed first
appearance as the Cardinals’ fifth starter since getting elevated
to the rotation on June 22 on Saturday. Four starters had been
enough because the Cardinals had three days off. Eovaldi (1-0,
2.00) makes his fourth start of the year for the Marlins. …
Morrison has three homers his last five games against the
Cardinals. … Adams has six RBIs his last six games. …
Hechavarria has nine hits during a five-game hitting streak.