(BaseballStL) — Trevor Rosenthal came on for the close in the ninth, but was unable to avoid adventure.
Marcel Ozuna began things with a dribbler just off the mound, and made it safely to first when no Cardinal could get there in time.
A single from Donovan Solano followed, putting two men on and no one out. Then, a wild pitch moved them both up a station, taking away the double play.
After getting two strikes on Reed Johnson, Rosenthal ran a ball inside and hit him, loading the bases.
Christian Yelich hit a soaring ball into left center, and Matt Holliday could not come up with the catch, with the ball rattling in and out of his mitt.
The ball scored Ozuna and left the bases loaded.
Rosenthal followed an unsuccessul challenge from Mike Matheny that two Marlins passed each other on the basebaths by striking out Ed Lucas in three pitches.
He then fell behind the power-swinging Giancarlo Stanton 3-0, drawing gasps from the crowd. He battled back to 3-2 before delivering a 98 mile per hour fastball on the outside edge of the plate.
When a split second of silence wasn't met with a called strike from the umpire, boos filled Busch stadium as Miami pulled within a run of tying the game.
Casey McGhehee stepped in with the bases still loaded and one out and quickly fell behind 0-2. Then, he fouled of a pitch and took a ball.
Finally, on his 31st pitch of the inning, Rosenthal delivered the game winner. McGehee grounded a change up to Matt Carpenter, and the third baseman fired to second. Descalso made the exchange and got McGehee at first, ending the game on a 5-4-3 double play.
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The Marlins got extended life in the eighth, when, after two quick outs, a Cardinal fielding mishap put Casey McGehee on first.
The Miami third baseman hit a soft grounder between second and first, and Matt Adams ranged deep to his right to scoop it up.
Pat Neshek, in for the hold, broke late to cover first. He likely never expected Adams to be the one to make the play, and was caught watching. McGehee legged it out, and a wild pitch put him on second.
Disaster threatened when Garrett Jones singled to center, but McGehee was held at third to put men on the corners.
Neshek went right after Saltalamacchia, striking him out in four pitches to end the tension.
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Lynn would exit with two outs in the seventh inning, having thrown 112 pitches. After striking out Jarrod Saltalamacchia, he walked Marcell Ozuna.
Then, he rebounted to get Donovan Solano to strike out to put two away. However, after walking pinch hitter Justin Bour, he was replaced with Sam Freeman.
Freeman got leadoff man Christian Yelich to ground to second, ending the threat and preserving the lead.
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Offensive silence reigned until the bottom of the sixth, when Matt Carpenter led off with a shot to the wall in right center. The ball appeared to hit off the top of the wall, and had a chance at being a home run to the naked eye.
It was ruled a double and upon review, the call was confirmed. On replay, the ball caught the top inch of the wall, never clearing it.
With Carpenter on second base, Matt Holliday stood in. He worked a 2-2 count before poking a ball into right field for a single to put runners at the corners.
Matt Adams flew out to left, though not deep enough to give Carpenter a chance to tag.
Jhonny Peralta fell behind 0-2, but Marlins starter Nathan Eovaldi took care of the run himself when he tossed a wild pitch.
Carpenter scored standing up, and Holliday went to second as the ball went to the screen. Peralta took two more balls, then flew out to the track in left center to move Holliday up for Yadier Molina.
With a second run 90 feet away, Eovaldi fell behind the Cardinal backstop 2-0. On his third offering, Molina looped a double down the right field line. Giancarlo Stanton nearly ran it down, but couldn’t come up with the ball and the Cardinals led 2-0.
Oscar Taveras stepped in and swung mightly, fouling off three strong pichtes from Eovaldi while down 1-2 before smacking a ground rule double over the wall in right to score Molina.
Jon Jay would draw the charge to a close with a pop up to left, but the Birds brought 7 to the plate.
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While many around St. Louis settled in for Fourth of July celebrations, Busch stadium was devoid of any fireworks early.
The Marlins and Cardinals combined for four hits in 18 outs, and neither had a man past second base.
Lance Lynn gave up two singles in the first, one a dubious decision be the official scorer as it was a grounder that went off Matt Carpenter’s glove.
From there, the Cardinal starter kept Miami in check, allowing a single in the second and a walk in the fourth as the only base runners.
That man in the fourth was Casey McGehee, and he was promptly picked off by Yadier Molina when he strayed too far from safety.
Unfortunately the Cardinals haven’t fared any better, getting just three base runners of their own. Matt Holliday’s walk was the only action in the first, and Molina picked up a single in the second for some entertainment there. Both were stranded.
The fourth began with a liner into center by Matt Adams, but was undone by a 6-4-3 double play on the next batter. Molina reached for the second time when he walked with two outs, but Oscar Taveras grounded out to close out the first four innings.