Despite late rally Cards fall to Marlins 6-5

Despite late rally Cards fall to Marlins 6-5

Despite late rally Cards fall to Marlins 6-5

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by Elizabeth Eisele/ BaseballStL

KMOV.com

Posted on August 11, 2014 at 5:48 PM

Updated Monday, Aug 11 at 8:14 PM

(BaseballStL) -- Other than the three run homer from Jon Jay in the fourth inning, the Cardinals didn't muster any other runs until their final out in the ninth inning.

Matt Carpenter hit into a would-be double play, but Garrett Jones couldn't come up with the ball at first. Kolten Wong then hit a ball into right center that got past the diving Giancarlo Stanton and scored Carpenter to pull the Cardinals within two runs.

Matt Holliday then grabbed his fourth hit of the game in four at-bats on a ball hit deep to the hole at shortstop. Holliday beat out the throw from Adeiny Hechavarria as the hit scored Wong and pulled the Cardinals closer by a score of 6-5.

But Matt Adams struck out on a ball in the dirt to end the Cardinals hopes for a comeback, falling to the Marlins 6-5.

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The Marlins poured on two more runs in the seventh inning off lefty reliever Sam Freeman.

Christian Yelich and Jordany Valdespin both reached on singles. Then with Giancarlo Stanton at the plate, Freeman threw a wild pitch that AJ Pierzynski tried to throw Yelich out at third, but the throw sailed into left field and allowed Yelich to score easily. The error was charged to Pierzynski.

Stanton struck out, but the next batter Casey McGeHee hit a chopper back to Freeman who ran at Valdespin as he attempted to score. Freeman dove to apply the tag as Valdespin wasn't able to score.

Freeman was then able to fan his second batter of the inning, Garrett Jones, to end the inning.

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The tied ball game didn't last long as the Marlins were able to tag Shelby Miller with two more runs in the bottom half of the fourth inning.

With one out, Jarrod Saltalamacchia singled into center and scored all the way from first on a triple to Adeiny Hechavarria for a 4-3 lead.

Then with two outs, Christian Yelich singled Hechavarria for a two run lead.

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The Cardinals got three runs in the fourth inning to match the run production garnered by Giancarlo Stanton to tie the game at three.

Matt Holliday began the fourth inning with his 27th double of the season, but both Matt Adams and Jhonny Peralta struck out. 

AJ Pierzynski picked up his teammates with a single into center to score Holliday and then Jon Jay launched his third homer of the season to tie the game. 

Oscar Taveras and Shelby Miller followed that homer up with back-to-back singles. Miller had to hustle out of the box in order to beat a throw from right field and Stanton, but he was called safe at first.

Matt Carpenter ended the inning with a long fly ball out to center field.

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A big bomb from the Miami Marlins' big hitter Giancarlo Stanton gave his team a two run lead over the Cardinals.

Cardinals' starter Shelby Miller allowed a lead-off double to Christian Yelich before allowing the one-out homer to Stanton, his 30th home run of the season. Miller then fanned two batters to end the inning and limit the damage.

The Redbirds did have two runners on and only one out in the first inning, but couldn't capitalize on the two walks they received.

In his second at-bat of the game, Stanton cracked another homer off a bar in left field to extend the Marlins lead to 3-0.

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