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Hermida's walk-off blast lifts Marlins over Cardinals

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MIAMI -- Jeremy Hermida's first career game-winning homer ended what had started as a matchup between aces.

Hermida homered leading off the ninth inning, lifting the Florida Marlins to a 4-3 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday night.

Hermida hit a 1-1 pitch from reliever Jason Motte (2-2) into the right-field seats. It came after Matt Lindstrom (2-1) pitched a scoreless ninth for the Marlins, who rallied from an early three-run hole.

"He hung a slider a little bit and I was able to get the barrel on it and keep it fair," Hermida said. "All I was thinking was, 'Ballgame.'"

"It wasn't a matter of me wishing I had the pitch back when I threw it," Motte said. "It just didn't have the outcome I wanted."

Cardinals ace Chris Carpenter and Marlins counterpart Josh Johnson pitched well, but neither figured into the decision.

Carpenter allowed three runs in six innings after having given up three runs in his first six starts combined. His ERA rose from 0.79 to 1.23.

"I didn't throw well enough to win. I throw those same pitches another night and it might be a different outcome. You just never know out there," Carpenter said.

Johnson has not given up more than three earned runs in any of his last 10 starts.

"I think the win belongs to J.J. still, so I wish we could just take it off my record and give it to him," Lindstrom said.

Johnson ran into trouble in the third when Brendan Ryan and Skip Schumaker led off with singles, and Ryan raced to third when left fielder Chris Coghlan misplayed Schumaker's hit. Chris Duncan followed with an RBI single.

The Cardinals added two more runs when Rick Ankiel doubled off the wall in right, but he was thrown out trying to stretch the hit into a triple.

Emilio Bonifacio cut the lead to 3-2 with his double in the third, and he drove in his career-high third run on a single in the fifth that tied the game.

Cody Ross led off with a softly lined single to left. He moved to second on Johnson's sacrifice and took third on Coghlan's groundout. Bonifacio then hit a sharp high bouncer to the box that Carpenter got his glove on but couldn't field.

"We just came up short. The hits that they got for runs were tough to take," Cardinals manager Tony La Russa said.

Marlins catcher John Baker needed six stitches after leaving the game in the sixth with a laceration over his left eye. He was hit in the head on a swing by leadoff hitter Albert Pujols, who fouled off a pitch.

Notes

  • Florida selected LHP Chad James from Yukon HS in Oklahoma with the 18th overall pick in Tuesday night's amateur draft.
  • St. Louis selected RHP Shelby Miller from Brownwood HS in Texas with the 19th overall pick.
  • The Marlins were facing a former Cy Young Award winner for the third straight game after opposing San Francisco's Tim Lincecum and Randy Johnson on Sunday and Monday.
 
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Jeremy Hermida heads toward home to celebrate his game-winning homer vs. the Cardinals.  (AP)
Jeremy Hermida heads toward home to celebrate his game-winning homer vs. the Cardinals. (AP)

Players of the Game
Florida

J. Hermida
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
St. Louis

R. Ankiel
AB 3
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
 

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St. Louis Cardinals
Skip Schumaker, 2B4110020 .289
Chris Duncan, LF4111000 .249
Albert Pujols, 1B4000012 .320
Colby Rasmus, CF4020000 .265
Rick Ankiel, RF3022100 .231
Yadier Molina, C4000003 .258
Tyler Greene, 3B4010004 .260
Chris Carpenter, P2000002 .071
   a- Ryan Ludwick, PH1000010 .232
    Kyle McClellan, P0000000 .000
   b- Nick Stavinoha, PH1010000 .255
    Jason Motte, P0000000 .000
Brendan Ryan, SS4110012 .295
Totals3539315  
a-struck out for Carpenter in the 7th
b-singled for McClellan in the 9th
Batting
2B - Colby Rasmus (14, Johnson), Rick Ankiel (11, Johnson)
RBI - Chris Duncan (28), Rick Ankiel 2 (15)
2-OUT RBI - Rick Ankiel 2 (7)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - T. Greene-Schumaker-Pujols
St. Louis Cardinals
Chris Carpenter 6633130 1.23
Kyle McClellan 2000110 2.76
Jason Motte (L,2-2)0111001 4.56
Pitches-Strikes - Chris Carpenter 89-59, Kyle McClellan 22-12, Jason Motte 3-2
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Carpenter 9-6, Kyle McClellan 3-1
Batters Faced - Chris Carpenter 25, Kyle McClellan 6, Jason Motte 1
Florida Marlins
Chris Coghlan, LF4110001 .226
Emilio Bonifacio, 3B3023100 .247
Hanley Ramirez, SS3000112 .326
Jorge Cantu, 1B4000014 .274
Jeremy Hermida, RF4121000 .261
Dan Uggla, 2B3000001 .221
John Baker, C2000021 .257
    Ronny Paulino, C1000000 .250
Cody Ross, CF3120000 .254
Josh Johnson, P1100001 .103
   a- Ross Gload, PH1000000 .278
    Dan Meyer, P0000000 .000
    Matt Lindstrom, P0000000 .000
Totals2947424  
a-grounded out for Johnson in the 7th
Batting
2B - Chris Coghlan (2, Carpenter), Emilio Bonifacio (6, Carpenter)
HR - Jeremy Hermida (6, Motte)
SH - Josh Johnson (4)
RBI - Emilio Bonifacio 3 (16), Jeremy Hermida (24)
2-OUT RBI - Emilio Bonifacio (9)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Cody Ross 1
E - Chris Coghlan (3, Misplayed grounder)
Florida Marlins
Josh Johnson 7733150 2.73
Dan Meyer 1000000 2.45
Matt Lindstrom (W,2-1) 1200000 5.92
IBB - Ankiel by Josh Johnson
Pitches-Strikes - Josh Johnson 98-67, Dan Meyer 5-4, Matt Lindstrom 12-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Josh Johnson 8-7, Dan Meyer 2-1, Matt Lindstrom 1-2
Batters Faced - Josh Johnson 28, Dan Meyer 3, Matt Lindstrom 5
Game Information
Attendance - 13103
Game Time - 2:21
Temperature - 76
Umpires - Home - Adrian Johnson, First Base - Sam Holbrook, Second Base - Charlie Reliford, Third Base - Larry Vanover