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In the first series of the second half, the Cardinals played host to the Marlins at Busch Stadium, where the Marlins took two of three.
Prior to Friday’s game, the Cardinals activated Kevin Siegrist off the 15-day disabled list and optioned Sam Tuivailala to the Triple-A Memphis Redbirds.
Game One: Marlins 7, Cardinals 6 — WP: Fernando Rodney (1-2) LP: Seung Hwan Oh (2-1) SV: A. J. Ramos (28)
Backed by four home runs, the Cardinals entered the eighth inning with a 6-5 lead. The bullpen faltered, however, as the Marlins scored two late-inning runs to win Friday’s game, 7-6.
Jaime Garcia started for the Cardinals and was pulled with one out and two on in the seventh inning in favor of Trevor Rosenthal, who was working with a 4-2 lead. Rosenthal recorded the inning’s second out before walking Christian Yelich and hitting Giancarlo Stanton, forcing in a run. Marcel Ozuna followed with a two-run single, giving the Marlins a 5-4 lead and ending Rosenthal’s outing.
The Cardinals homered twice in the seventh off David Phelps, who was working in relief of starter Wei-Yin Chen, but the Marlins promptly tied the game in the eighth off Jonathan Broxton to take Phelps off the hook.
With Seung Hwan Oh on in the ninth, Miguel Rojas lined a two-out-RBI single to put Miami ahead, 7-6, and that is where the Marlins would finish, as A.J. Ramos recorded the save, his 28, and put the finishing touches on a victory for the Fish.
Game Two: Cardinals 5, Marlins 0 — WP: Adam Wainwright (9-5) LP: Tom Koehler (6-8)
Adam Wainwright started — and finished — the game for the Cardinals on Saturday, as St. Louis took the middle game of the series over the Marlins, 5-0.
Wainwright carried a no-hitter over five innings before surrendering a one-out double in the sixth to Adeiny Hechavarria, who recorded two of Miami’s three hits on Saturday.
Tom Koehler started for the Marlins and allowed four runs in the third inning, including two on an RBI double off the bat of Stephen Piscotty. Jhonny Peralta hit a solo home run off Mike Dunn in the fifth to account for the Cardinals’ final run of the game.
-Saturday’s performance was the tenth shutout of Adam Wainwright’s career.
Game Three: Marlins 6, Cardinals 3 — WP: Kyle Barraclough (5-2) LP: Jonathan Broxton (1-2) SV: A.J. Ramos (29)
The Marlins plated two runs in the top of the seventh to win the rubber game of the series over the Cardinals, 6-3.
Adam Conley started the game for Miami and struck out nine through 5.1 innings. The Cardinals’ starter, Michael Wacha, was pulled after four innings with a pitch count of over 100.
After the Cardinals tied the game in the sixth, Jonathan Broxton was called upon to pitch the seventh. Christian Yelich led off the frame with a base hit, and Giancarlo Stanton followed with an RBI double, giving Miami a one-run, 4-3 lead. Stanton took third on a groundout and scored on a sacrifice fly to put the Marlins up by two.
Another sacrifice fly in the eighth gave the Marlins a comfy 6-3 lead, one that their bullpen could hold down. Fernando Rodney pitched a clean eighth, and A.J. Ramos did the same in the ninth, closing out the Marlins’ 49 win and Ramos’ 29 save.
Marlins: The Marlins will continue their roadtrip with a stop in Philadelphia, where they will play the Phillies for four games.
Cardinals: This week, the Cardinals will host the Padres for a four-game series, the teams’ second and final meeting of the year.