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Ramirez helps Marlins overcome Cardinals' quick start

CBSSports.com wire reports
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MIAMI -- When the first five St. Louis batters reached base, pitcher Chris Volstad and the Florida Marlins appeared to be headed for a long night.

Turned out they were -- but only because of the rain.

Hanley Ramirez hit a three-run homer and Florida pitchers held the Cardinals scoreless over the last eight innings as the Marlins rallied for a rain-delayed 4-3 victory Tuesday night.

Volstad (4-2) pitched five innings for the win in his sixth major league start. He gave up five hits and three walks, overcoming a poor start that put Florida in a 3-0 hole.

"That first inning, it didn't seem like it was going anywhere," Volstad said. "But I was able to settle in. After that first inning, I tried to think of it as a new game, start fresh and keep my team in the game. We put up some runs and the bullpen held it. It was big for us."

Volstad yielded only two hits and a walk in his final four innings, helping third-place Florida move within 1½ of games of NL East-leading Philadelphia.

"Here he is, this young kid who's able to do it," Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "Good for him. He didn't lose his composure and made some adjustments and gave us five innings.

"He settled down. You wish there hadn't been a rain delay because you wanted to see how far he could go."

Four Florida relievers combined for four shutout innings after a delay of 1 hour, 53 minutes in the bottom of the fifth. Kevin Gregg pitched a perfect ninth for his 26th save in 32 opportunities.

The Cardinals didn't get a runner past second base after the first inning, and Florida evened the four-game series between surprising playoff contenders at a game apiece.

"It was rough," said Ryan Ludwick, who hit a three-run double for St. Louis. "We got the three runs early, but we didn't get much going after that."

Kyle Lohse (13-5) gave up four runs and six hits, losing for the third time in four decisions. He came out after the rain delay.

"Kyle did a good job," Ludwick said. "He made one mistake and it cost three runs. If it wasn't for the rain delay, I think he would have been lights out for quite a while."

Ramirez gave Florida a 4-3 lead in the second inning when he hit a 2-0 pitch for his first home run in August. He came into the game with only two RBI in the month.

"A bad pitch in a bad situation cost me," Lohse said. "I was not trying to throw a changeup in the middle of the plate against a guy like Ramirez."

Ramirez was at the plate with nobody on and one out in the fifth when the rain came.

After Volstad gave up three runs in the first, the Marlins cut into the lead in the bottom half on Mike Jacobs' two-out RBI double.

Skip Schumaker and Felipe Lopez opened the game with back-to-back singles. After Albert Pujols walked, Ryan Ludwick hit a three-run double to put the Cardinals up 3-0.

"We came out looking so good," manager Tony La Russa said. "Lohse made one mistake and our offense got shut down."

Notes

  • Cardinals RHP Chris Carpenter will miss his scheduled start Friday after an MRI revealed a muscle strain in the back of his right shoulder. The exam indicated no damage to the rotator cuff.
  • Pujols has walked in 10 consecutive games. The team record of 16 was set by Jack Clark in 1987.
  • The Marlins' rally from a three-run deficit matched their biggest comeback of the season. It was the fourth time this year that they fought back from a three-run hole.
 
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After allowing three runs in the first, rookie Chris Volstad shuts out the Cards the next four innings. (AP)
After allowing three runs in the first, rookie Chris Volstad shuts out the Cards the next four innings. (AP)

Players of the Game
Florida

H. Ramirez
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 3
St. Louis

R. Ludwick
AB 3
R 0
H 1
HR 0
RBI 3
 

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St. Louis Cardinals
Skip Schumaker, CF4120011 .300
Felipe Lopez, 2B4110000 .235
Albert Pujols, 1B3100101 .345
Ryan Ludwick, RF3013110 .306
Rick Ankiel, LF3000101 .283
Troy Glaus, 3B4010012 .269
Yadier Molina, C4010012 .304
Kyle Lohse, P1000002 .061
    Russ Springer, P0000000 .000
   a- Aaron Miles, PH1000011 .309
    Jason Isringhausen, P0000000 .000
    Ryan Franklin, P0000000 .000
   b- Joe Mather, PH1000010 .252
Cesar Izturis, SS3000001 .250
Totals3136336  
a-struck out for Springer in the 6th
b-struck out for Franklin in the 9th
Batting
2B - Ryan Ludwick (25, Volstad)
SH - Kyle Lohse (6)
RBI - Ryan Ludwick 3 (87)
SB - Felipe Lopez (6, 2nd base off Volstad/Baker)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - F. Lopez-Izturis-Pujols, Izturis-F. Lopez-Pujols
E - Cesar Izturis (10, Throwing)
St. Louis Cardinals
Kyle Lohse (L,13-5) 4.1644051 3.92
Russ Springer 0.2000010 2.13
Jason Isringhausen 1200020 5.83
Ryan Franklin 2100010 3.53
HBP - Ross (by Jason Isringhausen)
Pitches-Strikes - Kyle Lohse 80-51, Russ Springer 9-7, Jason Isringhausen 24-17, Ryan Franklin 26-21
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kyle Lohse 4-3, Jason Isringhausen 1-0, Ryan Franklin 2-2
Batters Faced - Kyle Lohse 18, Russ Springer 2, Jason Isringhausen 6, Ryan Franklin 6
Florida Marlins
Hanley Ramirez, SS4113010 .295
Jeremy Hermida, RF4000030 .258
    Matt Lindstrom, P0000000 .000
    Arthur Rhodes, P0000000 .000
    Wes Helms, 3B0000000 .248
Jorge Cantu, 3B-1B4120010 .282
Mike Jacobs, 1B4011001 .249
    Kevin Gregg, P0000000 .000
Dan Uggla, 2B4010012 .266
Josh Willingham, LF3010010 .267
Cody Ross, CF-RF2120000 .257
John Baker, C3110014 .253
Chris Volstad, P1000011 .091
    Mark Hendrickson, P0000000 .265
   a- Alfredo Amezaga, PH-CF1000000 .261
Totals3049409  
a-flied out for Hendrickson in the 7th
Batting
2B - Mike Jacobs (21, Lohse), Cody Ross (18, Lohse)
HR - Hanley Ramirez (26, Lohse)
SH - Chris Volstad (1)
RBI - Hanley Ramirez 3 (54), Mike Jacobs (68)
2-OUT RBI - Hanley Ramirez 3 (20), Mike Jacobs (38)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - H. Ramirez-Uggla-Jacobs
Florida Marlins
Chris Volstad (W,4-2) 5533320 3.03
Mark Hendrickson (H,1) 2100020 5.70
Matt Lindstrom (H,10) 0.2000010 3.38
Arthur Rhodes (H,17) 0.1000000 2.52
Kevin Gregg (S,26) 1000010 2.29
Pitches-Strikes - Chris Volstad 72-44, Mark Hendrickson 27-19, Matt Lindstrom 11-6, Arthur Rhodes 4-3, Kevin Gregg 11-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Volstad 7-5, Mark Hendrickson 2-2, Kevin Gregg 1-1
Batters Faced - Chris Volstad 22, Mark Hendrickson 7, Matt Lindstrom 2, Arthur Rhodes 1, Kevin Gregg 3
Game Information
Attendance - 14211
Game Time - 2:34
Temperature - 81
Umpires - Home - Lance Barksdale, First Base - Doug Eddings, Second Base - Ted Barrett, Third Base - Dana DeMuth