National League Game Summary - St. Louis at Miami|
(Monday, June 25th)
Final Score: St. Louis 8, Miami 7 (10 innings)
Miami, FL (Sports Network) - Pinch-hitter Joe Kelly's run-scoring single in
the top of the 10th inning proved to be the difference, as the St. Louis
Cardinals rallied past the Miami Marlins, 8-7, in a wild game on Monday.
Rafael Furcal added an RBI double in the 10th for the Cardinals, who were
coming off a three-game sweep of the Royals. Yadier Molina hit a two-run homer
in the ninth to tie the game. Allen Craig and Carlos Beltran had an RBI
"Unbelievable," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said of the win. "Yaddy
(Molina) again getting the big hit...it was a great effort."
St. Louis starter Jake Westbrook allowed two runs on six hits over six
innings. Victor Marte (2-1) recorded the final two outs in the ninth to pick
up the win.
Jose Reyes went 2-for-5 with two RBI and a run scored for the Marlins, who
failed to build off a 9-0 win over the Blue Jays on Sunday. John Buck, Hanley
Ramirez, Giancarlo Stanton, Logan Morrison and Greg Dobbs each drove in a run.
Ricky Nolasco gave up one unearned run on four hits over 6 2/3 innings. Chad
Gaudin (1-1) allowed two runs on three hits and a walk in the 10th to take the
Holding a 6-2 lead, the Marlins sent Heath Bell to the mound in the ninth. The
comfortable margin fell apart fast after Furcal walked and Matt Holliday hit a
one-out double to right-center field. Beltran's RBI single to right and
Craig's sacrifice fly made it a two-run game. Molina stepped to the plate next
and smacked a fastball over the wall in left to tie the game.
"Plain and simple this loss is on me," Bell said. "I didn't have my stuff
Miami failed to score in the bottom of the inning, which featured some
confusion over the lineup cards. St. Louis ended up taking Craig out of the
game by mistake. Tony Cruz, a backup catcher, took over at first.
Ironically, the lineup mishap came back to help the Cardinals in the 10th.
Tyler Greene hit a one-out single to left and raced home on Furcal's double
down the left-field line. Holliday was later hit by a pitch before Beltran was
intentionally walked to load the bases with two outs. The lineup mistake
forced Kelly, a pitcher, to take an at-bat. Not only did Kelly reach base on
an infield single, but his first-career hit knocked in a key run.
"0-2, I just put it in play," Kelly said of the hit.
The Marlins made it very interesting in the bottom half. Jason Motte gave up a
one-out double to Omar Infante, who scored on Buck's single. Justin Ruggiano
walked to put two men on with two outs, but Reyes lined out to end the game.
The Marlins got on the board in the third. Buck led off with a walk, moved to
second on a sacrifice bunt and crossed the plate on Reyes' double down the
Miami tacked on another run in the fifth when Buck hit a one-out single,
advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt and scored on Reyes' single to right.
The Cardinals finally got to Nolasco in the seventh. David Freese singled and
pinch-hitter Skip Schumaker walked with two outs. Furcal reached base on
Infante's missed catch error at second to load the bases. Randy Choate came in
from the bullpen and Freese scored on a passed ball. Pinch-hitter Shane
Robinson walked to fill the bags again, but was called out when he was hit by
Holliday's infield single while running the bases.
But the Marlins scored four runs in the bottom half to create some distance.
Fernando Salas gave up a double to Scott Cousins and walked Buck. Eduardo
Sanchez came on and intentionally walked Reyes to load the bases with one out.
Sanchez allowed two runs to score after walking both Ramirez and Stanton. Marc
Rzepczynski got Morrison to ground into a fielder's choice, but not before
another run scored. Dobbs' RBI infield single made it a 6-1 game.
St. Louis got one run back in the eighth. Steve Cishek walked Beltran
and gave up a one-out single to Molina. Freese followed with a grounder
to third baseman Ramirez, who was charged with two errors on the play. After
failing to field the ball cleanly, Ramirez was off the mark on a throw to
second. Beltran scored on the wild throw to make it a four-run contest.
Michael Dunn took over on the mound and recorded a pair of strikeouts.
The Cardinals and Marlins are meeting for the first time since a one-game set
on April 4 that opened up Miami's brand-new Marlins Park. St. Louis spoiled
the debut of the ballpark with a 4-1 win. The Cardinals have won seven in a
row against the Marlins...Westbrook was coming off his first complete game of
the season after going the distance last Wednesday against Detroit...Beltran
is now just three hits shy of collecting his 2,000th career hit...Buck scored
06/26 01:41:30 ET