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
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
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
”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
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,
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
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