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St. Louis at Florida

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St. Louis (42-47) «2001011005100
Florida (44-49)020000010381

Cardinals 5, Marlins 3

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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MIAMI -- It was a good return to Florida for Braden Looper.

Chris Duncan and Adam Kennedy homered to back Looper, who won for the first time in seven starts as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Marlins 5-3 on Monday night.

Looper (7-7) pitched 6 1/3 innings, scattering five hits and allowing two runs. His last win came on May 24, against Pittsburgh.

"It's been a while," Looper said. "It was one of the better games I've pitched this year. I haven't felt like this in a month. For the most part, I was able to stay in the bottom of the zone."

Looper was traded to the Marlins by St. Louis in 1999. He was a member of Florida's 2003 World Series championship team and was making first appearance at Dolphin Stadium since then.

"You definitely want to win against a team you used to play for," Looper said.

Byung-Hyun Kim (4-5) pitched six-plus innings for Florida, giving up five runs and eight hits. He walked seven and struck out four.

"I had too much time (between starts)," said Kim, whose last start was July 5, at San Diego. "I relaxed too much."

Kennedy's solo home run in the sixth, his second of the year, stretched the Cardinals' lead to 4-2. Kennedy, who hit his first homer of the season Sunday night against Philadelphia, also had a single and double in four at-bats Monday.

"I've been working at getting better at-bats the last couple days," Kennedy said. "It's do-or-die now. A night like this is really big at this time of year."

St. Louis added a run in the seventh on a sacrifice fly by Duncan to make it 5-2.

Miguel Cabrera led off the eighth with his 22nd home run, a shot to right field off Ryan Franklin that made it 5-3. It was Cabrera's fourth home run in three games.

Jason Isringhausen worked a perfect ninth for his 18th save.

"He (Looper) did a good job but I wasn't sure how much farther he could go," Cardinals manager Tony La Russa said. "It got a little scary for him in the eighth but he got the decision and so did we."

St. Louis went ahead 2-0 in the first inning on Duncan's two-run homer that landed just inside the right field foul pole. It was his 18th of the season.

The Cardinals took a 3-2 lead in the fourth when Juan Encarnacion walked, stole his first base of the season and scored on Gary Bennett's single to left.

The Marlins tied it at 2 in the second. Mike Jacobs led off with a double and Josh Willingham was hit by a pitch. Jeremy Hermida then drove in Jacobs with a single that also sent Willingham to third. Willingham scored on a sacrifice fly by Matt Treanor.

Notes

After the game, the Marlins optioned RHP Wes Obermueller to Triple-A Albuquerque to make room for RHP Rick Vanden Hurk, who was slated to start Tuesday. ... Cabrera has homered the last three times he has led off an inning. ... Cardinals 2B David Eckstein struck out in the first inning on a pitch that hit him.

 
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Players of the Game
St. Louis

C. Duncan
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
St. Louis

A. Kennedy
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 1
 
St. Louis Cardinals
David Eckstein, SS5110012 .306
Skip Schumaker, CF2110200 .303
   a- Brendan Ryan, PH1000010 .262
    Jason Isringhausen, P0000000 .000
Albert Pujols, 1B3010211 .315
Chris Duncan, LF3123012 .294
    Ryan Franklin, P0000000 .000
   b- Ryan Ludwick, PH-LF1010000 .262
Scott Rolen, 3B4000116 .262
Juan Encarnacion, RF2100213 .272
Adam Kennedy, 2B4131001 .227
Gary Bennett, C3011001 .222
Braden Looper, P2000101 .143
    So Taguchi, LF-CF1000001 .293
Totals31510586  
a-struck out for Schumaker in the 9th
b-singled for Franklin in the 9th
Batting
2B - Adam Kennedy (9, Miller)
HR - Chris Duncan (18, Kim), Adam Kennedy (2, Kim)
SF - Chris Duncan (1)
SH - Gary Bennett (2)
RBI - Chris Duncan 3 (51), Adam Kennedy (17), Gary Bennett (11)
2-OUT RBI - Chris Duncan 2 (18)
SB - Juan Encarnacion (1, 2nd base off Kim/Treanor)
CS - Scott Rolen (3, 2nd base by Kim/Treanor), Gary Bennett (1, 2nd base by Kim/Treanor)
Team LOB - 9
St. Louis Cardinals
Braden Looper (W,7-7) 6.1522140 4.60
Ryan Franklin (H,14) 1.2311021 1.35
Jason Isringhausen (S,18) 1000010 1.45
HBP - Willingham (by Braden Looper)
Pitches-Strikes - Braden Looper 88-58, Ryan Franklin 33-20, Jason Isringhausen 12-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Braden Looper 5-10, Ryan Franklin 1-2, Jason Isringhausen 2-0
Batters Faced - Braden Looper 26, Ryan Franklin 8, Jason Isringhausen 3
Florida Marlins
Hanley Ramirez, SS5010001 .329
Dan Uggla, 2B3000122 .241
Miguel Cabrera, 3B4111012 .325
Mike Jacobs, 1B4120010 .281
Josh Willingham, LF3100011 .259
Jeremy Hermida, RF4021001 .246
Matt Treanor, C2001001 .279
   a- Miguel Olivo, PH-C1000001 .247
Alfredo Amezaga, CF4010011 .274
Byung-Hyun Kim, P2010001 .067
    Taylor Tankersley, P0000000 .000
    Lee Gardner, P0000000 .000
   b- Joe Borchard, PH1000001 .196
    Justin Miller, P0000000 .000
    Renyel Pinto, P0000000 .000
   c- Todd Linden, PH1000010 .221
Totals3438317  
a-popped out for Treanor in the 8th
b-flied out for Gardner in the 7th
c-struck out for Pinto in the 9th
Batting
2B - Mike Jacobs (12, Looper), Byung-Hyun Kim (1, Looper)
HR - Miguel Cabrera (22, Franklin)
SF - Matt Treanor (1)
RBI - Miguel Cabrera (66), Jeremy Hermida (30), Matt Treanor (6)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - H. Ramirez-Uggla-Jacobs, H. Ramirez-Uggla-Jacobs
E - Byung-Hyun Kim (2, Throwing)
Florida Marlins
Byung-Hyun Kim (L,4-5) 6855742 5.18
Taylor Tankersley 0.1000000 6.56
Lee Gardner 0.2000010 3.27
Justin Miller 1100000 2.20
Renyel Pinto 1100110 3.86
IBB - Pujols by Byung-Hyun Kim
Pitches-Strikes - Byung-Hyun Kim 112-57, Taylor Tankersley 1-1, Lee Gardner 5-4, Justin Miller 20-12, Renyel Pinto 11-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Byung-Hyun Kim 8-3, Justin Miller 2-1, Renyel Pinto 1-0
Batters Faced - Byung-Hyun Kim 30, Taylor Tankersley 1, Lee Gardner 2, Justin Miller 4, Renyel Pinto 4
Game Information
Attendance - 13827
Game Time - 3:05
Temperature - 87
Umpires - Home - Joe West, First Base - Ed Rapuano, Second Base - Ed Hickox, Third Base - C.B. Bucknor