(BaseballStL) -- The Cardinals were able to put a baserunner on in the ninth inning, serving as just the fourth hit of the night.
Kolten Wong singled into left field to begin the inning, but Matt Holliday and Jhonny Peralta both popped out. With Wong at third, having advanced on a wild pitch and tagging up on Peralta's pop fly, Jon Jay drew a walk to bump Marlins' pitcher Bryan Morris out of the game.
Then manager Mike Matheny opted to use Matt Adams as a pinch hitter for Oscar Taveras, but Adams struck out to end the game.
Mark Ellis, Jay and Wong were the only Cardinals to record a hit Tuesday night in their 3-0 loss to the Marlins.
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The Cardinals missed out on an opportunity in the sixth inning with two runners on and one out, but a strike out thwarted the chance for any runs.
Once again, Mark Ellis singled for his and the Redbirds' second hit of the game. Matt Carpenter then reached on a fielding error to put two on with one out.
But Kolten Wong hit in a ground ball, but he was able to beat out the throw at first base to stay out of the double play. And the inning ended with a strike out of Matt Holliday with a goose egg still on the scoreboard for the Cards.
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Through the first three innings neither starter, Adam Wainwright or Jarred Cosart, have given up four hits collectively and zero runs.
Wainwright loaded the bases with just one out in the first inning, however, the Cardinals' ace struck out Garrett Jones and Jarrod Saltalamacchia to end the threat.
Cosart's only hit through three inning was a bloop single to Mark Ellis, who was starting at first base in place of Matt Adams, who has the night off.
But Wainwright gave up the first run of the game in the bottom half of the fourth after a lead-off double surrendered to Casey McGeHee.
McGeHee hustled out of the box on his hit to left field, just beating out a throw from Matt Holliday. Then Saltalamacchia got his revenge from the first inning with an RBI single into right field.
A long fly ball from Donovan Solano looked to be hooking foul down the left field line, but it stayed just inside the line for a two-run homer, his second home run of the year.