Marlins deny Wainwright’s 19th win
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“I had a blast,” West said. “The main thing was I wanted to attack those guys and I said ‘Here you go’ and got some swings, got some strikeouts, and all around a good performance.”
Wainwright (18-8) allowed two runs in seven innings and struck out eight, not quite good enough to make him the major leagues’ first 19-game winner. He had been 6-0 with a 1.99 ERA in seven starts since Aug. 8.
“Almost every night with this team that’s going to win,” Wainwright said. “The guy on the other side pitched a great game.”
Wainwright said catcher
“He didn’t make a mistake,” Uggla said. “I probably wasn’t supposed to hit the ball out of the ballpark, but somehow I did and I’ll take it.”
The 23-year-old West (7-5) topped his previous strikeout best of seven in six strong innings. The 6-foot-8 left-hander escaped with minimal damage in the fifth when the
“I kind of gave a little smirk when Pujols came up and the crowd went crazy,” West said. “I got a slider in at his feet and he popped it up and that was huge right there because I’m pretty sure he can hit it out of the park pretty easy.
“Holliday looked a little susceptible to sliders, that’s what I fed him, and I got him twice.”
St. Louis is 26-20 against left-handers, but 12-5 since acquiring Holliday on July 24.
“I don’t like our lineup against anybody if we help the pitcher as much as we did tonight,” manager Tony La Russa said.
Pujols has five grand slams this season and is 9 for 14 with 30 RBIs with the bases loaded, and his 126 RBIs were tied for the
The sellout crowd of 42,895 put the
Uggla hit his 29th homer and fourth in seven games. The two-run go-ahead shot to left with two outs in the sixth was the first homer allowed in five starts by Wainwright and only the fourth in 16 outings dating to June 26.
The homer lifted Uggla’s career numbers against the 6-7 right-hander to 2 for 15 with two RBIs and seven strikeouts.