Cardinals 5, Marlins 4

Matt Adams got a curtain call after the biggest swing of the

game. Then the St. Louis Cardinals capitalized on the day’s biggest

mistake.

Jon Jay scored from first on a single after right fielder

Giancarlo Stanton’s throwing error with two outs in the ninth for a

5-4 victory over the Miami Marlins on Saturday.

”We’ve had a lot of close games like this that we couldn’t

quite pull off at the end,” manager Mike Matheny said. ”So, it

doesn’t matter to me. Just that we did.”

Edward Mujica (1-1) worked a scoreless ninth for the Cardinals

after 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 in

the ninth and took third easily on Robinson’s pinch-hit single,

then scored without a play after Stanton hesitated before throwing

a relay that skipped under Logan Morrison’s glove at first

base.

”I was just trying to get the ball before it hit the ground,”

Morrison said. ”I should have played it back or just let it go

because it was on the line.

”We should have won that game, no doubt about it, but we didn’t

and now it’s over and that’s why we play every day.”

Stanton did not speak to reporters after the game.

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.

Manager Mike Redmond was ejected for arguing a close play at the

plate in the fourth, with replays indicating Adeiny Hechavarria’s

legs crossed the plate before catcher Tony Cruz tagged him on the

shoulder.

Redmond was already frustrated after an incorrect call at third

base Friday ended up saddling the Marlins with an unusual double

play in a 4-1 loss. He thought Hechavarria was ”clearly safe” and

wasn’t certain that Cruz made the tag.

”I knew that run was going to be big,” Redmond said. ”You can

only take so much, right? I think of those guys in the dugout and

they’re busting their butts. You’ve got to stick up for those guys,

too.”

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 and is 6 for 16 against

lefties with two homers and six RBIs.

”In that situation, I don’t know if I’d pull him for anyone,”

Matheny said. ”He’s earned it. If we’re going to use him, we’re

going to use him.”

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.

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. Matheny said Kelly will get another

start next week.

Morrison has four homers in 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 but making him ineligible to

pitch in the 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 Yadier Molina sent

for medical tests on an injured knee. … Cardinals starting SS

Pete Kozma, in an 0 for 17 slump, did not play for the third

straight game.