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

before.”

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

on.

”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

hurt me.”

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

five-game homestand.

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

out.

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

factor.

”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

do.”

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

confusion.”

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

position.

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.