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Delgado leads Marlins in win over Cards' Morris

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MIAMI -- Carlos Delgado and the Marlins caught a break to pull off a comeback that reminded manager Jack McKeon of Florida's 2003 World Series championship season.

Delgado hit a two-run triple in the eighth inning, and Florida recovered after blowing an early lead to beat the St. Louis Cardinals 7-6 on Tuesday night.

The Marlins (70-62) tied Philadelphia for the NL wild-card lead after the Phillies' 6-4 loss to the Mets. Florida is a half-game ahead of New York and Houston (both 69-62).

"This one looked a lot like '03 when we kept pulling games out," McKeon said. "We had lost our touch at that, maybe we're getting it back again.

Florida opened an early four-run lead after Miguel Cabrera's three-run homer in the third, but fell behind for the first time when Mark Grudzielanek's run-scoring groundout put the Cardinals ahead 5-4 in the eighth.

Luis Castillo bunted for a leadoff single to begin the bottom of the inning, Florida's first hit off Matt Morris (14-6) since Cabrera's 28th homer with no outs in the third.

Cabrera singled to advance Castillo to third and chase Morris. Ray King relieved and was ahead in the count 0-2 on Delgado before the Marlins slugger drove a liner beyond right fielder Larry Walker that rolled to the wall in right-center.

"Not to run excuses out, but I had it off the bat, lost it in the lights, it came out of the lights, and it was too late," Walker said. "Simple as that."

Juan Encarnacion hit a sacrifice fly off Julian Tavarez to score pinch-runner Chris Aguila.

Guillermo Mota (2-2) pitched two innings for the win. Todd Jones allowed pinch-hitter John Mabry's home run in the ninth before earning his 32nd save in 34 chances.

"It's a good feeling," Delgado said. "This is why I'm here. I take a lot of pride in getting big hits and driving in big runs."

Grudzielanek homered and had four RBI for the NL Central-leading Cardinals.

"Yeah, we're leading the division by 15 games, but we go out there and play every game just like it's the last," Grudzielanek said.

Matt Treanor hit an RBI single in the second, and Cabrera made it 4-0 in the third as the Marlins had three consecutive hits off Morris in both innings.

"It was down and in and he just dropped the head on it," Morris said of the pitch he threw to Cabrera, which ended up landing in the third row of the upper deck -- a 433-foot shot.

"I didn't see it," McKeon said. "I saw a guy in the upper deck trying to catch it."

The Cardinals starter settled down after that, allowing just one runner over the next four innings.

John Rodriguez made it 4-1 with an RBI grounder in the fourth, and Grudzielanek tied it with a three-run drive in the sixth.

"That was painful," said Valdez, who remained squatted beside the mound as Grudzielanek circled the bases. "It was one bad pitch. More than anything it was the selection of the pitch. It was down and away. I thought it was a pretty good breaking ball."

Albert Pujols drew his second walk of the game with one out in the eighth. Pujols, 0-for-7 to that point in the series, had a huge jump and easily stole second ahead of Treanor's throw. Jim Edmonds walked and Pujols recorded his second steal of the inning on the front end of a double steal, prompting Mota to intentionally walk Rodriguez to load the bases.

Grudzielanek hit a grounder to shortstop Alex Gonzalez, whose only option was to throw to third to force Edmonds while Pujols scored the go-ahead run.


  • Morris needed just 14 pitches to get through the sixth and seventh, including five pitches to retire the side in the sixth.
  • Cabrera and Delgado are the only Marlins who have homered since Aug. 5.
  • Treanor has started 17 of 24 games since Aug. 6.
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Carlos Delgado: 'This is why I'm here. I take a lot of pride in getting big hits and driving in big runs.'  (AP)
Carlos Delgado: 'This is why I'm here. I take a lot of pride in getting big hits and driving in big runs.' (AP)

Players of the Game

M. Cabrera
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1

C. Delgado
AB 4
R 0
H 1
HR 0

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St. Louis Cardinals
David Eckstein, SS5010001 .280
Larry Walker, RF5110012 .275
Albert Pujols, 1B2200221 .329
Jim Edmonds, CF3010102 .266
John Rodriguez, LF3111110 .295
    So Taguchi, LF0000000 .294
Mark Grudzielanek, 2B4114001 .302
Abraham Nunez, 3B4000013 .295
Yadier Molina, C4010000 .253
Matt Morris, P2000020 .082
    Ray King, P0000000 .000
    Julian Tavarez, P0000000 .000
    Randy Flores, P0000000 .000
   a- John Mabry, PH1111000 .260
a-homered for Flores in the 9th
2B - Yadier Molina (13, Valdez)
HR - Mark Grudzielanek (8, Valdez), John Mabry (8, T. Jones)
SH - Matt Morris (7)
RBI - John Rodriguez (18), Mark Grudzielanek 4 (52), John Mabry (31)
2-OUT RBI - Mark Grudzielanek 3 (16)
SB - David Eckstein (10, 2nd base off Valdez/Treanor), Albert Pujols 2 (13, 2nd base off Mota/Treanor, 3rd base off Mota/Treanor), Jim Edmonds (4, 2nd base off Mota/Treanor), John Rodriguez (2, 3rd base off Valdez/Treanor)
Team LOB - 5
DP - Grudzielanek-Eckstein-Pujols
E - Abraham Nunez (8, Misplayed grounder)
St. Louis Cardinals
Matt Morris (L,14-6) 7966031 3.91
Ray King (BS,2)0111000 3.06
Julian Tavarez 0.1000100 2.75
Randy Flores 0.2000000 3.75
Pitches-Strikes - Matt Morris 95-68, Ray King 4-4, Julian Tavarez 8-3, Randy Flores 7-3
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Matt Morris 7-11
Batters Faced - Matt Morris 30, Ray King 1, Julian Tavarez 2, Randy Flores 2
Florida Marlins
Juan Pierre, CF4120001 .265
Luis Castillo, 2B4220001 .301
Miguel Cabrera, LF4223010 .332
Carlos Delgado, 1B4012000 .293
    Chris Aguila, PR0100000 .210
    Todd Jones, P0000000 .500
Juan Encarnacion, RF3001000 .298
Mike Lowell, 3B3110110 .238
Alex Gonzalez, SS4010001 .262
Matt Treanor, C3011000 .217
   a- Paul Lo Duca, PH-C1000001 .301
Ismael Valdez, P2000002 .250
    Guillermo Mota, P1000010 .000
    Jeff Conine, 1B0000000 .308
a-fouled out for Treanor in the 8th
3B - Carlos Delgado (2, King)
HR - Miguel Cabrera (28, Morris)
SF - Juan Encarnacion (3)
RBI - Miguel Cabrera 3 (94), Carlos Delgado 2 (95), Juan Encarnacion (69), Matt Treanor (10)
2-OUT RBI - Matt Treanor (4)
Team LOB - 4
E - Matt Treanor (2, Wild throw)
Florida Marlins
Ismael Valdez 6644151 4.36
Guillermo Mota (W,2-2) 2011320 4.25
Todd Jones (S,32) 1111001 1.20
IBB - Rodriguez by Guillermo Mota
Pitches-Strikes - Ismael Valdez 88-59, Guillermo Mota 33-15, Todd Jones 22-15
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ismael Valdez 9-4, Guillermo Mota 3-1, Todd Jones 2-1
Batters Faced - Ismael Valdez 25, Guillermo Mota 9, Todd Jones 4
Game Information
Attendance - 20073
Game Time - 2:33
Temperature - 82
Umpires - Home - Ted Barrett, First Base - Alfonso Marquez, Second Base - Chris Guccione, Third Base - Rick Reed