|Florida (77-68) «||0||0||0||0||0||2||0||0||0||2||7||0|
|St. Louis (85-61)||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||1||7||1|
Dan Uggla golfed a two-run homer on an ankle-high curveball for the go-ahead hit in the sixth inning and rookie Sean West had a season-high nine strikeouts while outpitching Wainwright in the Florida Marlins' 2-1 victory on Tuesday.
"I had a blast," West said. "The main thing was I wanted to attack those guys and I said, 'Here you go' and got some swings, got some strikeouts, and all around a good performance."
Wainwright (18-8) allowed two runs in seven innings and struck out eight, not quite good enough to make him the major leagues' first 19-game winner. He had been 6-0 with a 1.99 ERA in seven starts since Aug. 8.
"Almost every night with this team that's going to win," Wainwright said. "The guy on the other side pitched a great game."
Wainwright said catcher Yadier Molina would have had to block the pitch in the dirt if Uggla had not made contact. Uggla wasn't arguing the point.
"He didn't make a mistake," Uggla said. "I probably wasn't supposed to hit the ball out of the ballpark, but somehow I did and I'll take it."
The 23-year-old West (7-5) topped his previous strikeout best of seven in six strong innings. The 6-foot-8 left-hander escaped with minimal damage in the fifth when the Cardinals loaded the bases with one out and the middle of the order coming up. Albert Pujols settled for a sacrifice fly to give St. Louis the lead, but Matt Holliday struck out to end the inning.
"I kind of gave a little smirk when Pujols came up and the crowd went crazy," West said. "I got a slider in at his feet and he popped it up and that was huge right there because I'm pretty sure he can hit it out of the park pretty easy.
"Holliday looked a little susceptible to sliders, that's what I fed him, and I got him twice."
Leo Nunez, the fourth Florida pitcher, worked the ninth for his 21st save in 27 chances.
The Marlins entered 5½ games behind Colorado for the NL wild card. The NL Central-leading Cardinals have lost four of five.
St. Louis is 26-20 against left-handers, but 12-5 since acquiring Holliday on July 24. Ryan Ludwick thought hitters chased too many sliders out of the strike zone.
"I don't like our lineup against anybody if we help the pitcher as much as we did tonight," manager Tony La Russa said.
Pujols has five grand slams this season and is 9 for 14 with 30 RBI with the bases loaded, and his 126 RBI were tied for the NL lead.
The sellout crowd of 42,895 put the Cardinals over 3 million for the sixth straight season and 11th time in franchise history.They have had 29 sellouts this year.
Uggla hit his 29th home run and fourth in seven games. The two-run go-ahead shot to left with two outs in the sixth was the first home run allowed in five starts by Wainwright and only the fourth in 16 outings dating to June 26.
The homer lifted Uggla's career numbers against the 6-7 right-hander to 2 for 15 with two RBI and seven strikeouts.
|Sean West, a 6-foot-8 rookie, fans a career-high nine in only six innings. (US Presswire)|
|Players of the Game|
|Chris Coghlan, LF||4||0||0||0||0||3||2||.304|
|Nick Johnson, 1B||3||1||1||0||1||1||0||.302|
|Hanley Ramirez, SS||4||0||0||0||0||1||2||.358|
|Jorge Cantu, 3B||4||0||1||0||0||0||1||.281|
|Leo Nunez, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Dan Uggla, 2B||4||1||1||2||0||3||1||.244|
|Cody Ross, RF||4||0||1||0||0||0||1||.273|
|Ronny Paulino, C||4||0||1||0||0||1||0||.268|
|Cameron Maybin, CF||3||0||1||0||0||1||2||.228|
|Sean West, P||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.071|
|a- Ross Gload, PH||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.266|
|Emilio Bonifacio, PR||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.251|
|Brian Sanches, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Brendan Donnelly, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Wes Helms, 3B||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.279|
|a-singled for West in the 7th|
|HR - Dan Uggla (29, Wainwright)|
|SH - Sean West (4)|
|RBI - Dan Uggla 2 (78)|
|2-OUT RBI - Dan Uggla 2 (32)|
|SB - Emilio Bonifacio (21, 2nd base off Wainwright/Molina)|
|CS - Jorge Cantu (1, 2nd base by Wainwright/Molina)|
|Team LOB - 5|
|DP - H. Ramirez-N. Johnson|
|Sean West (W,7-5)||6||6||1||1||3||9||0||4.60|
|Brian Sanches (H,7)||1||1||0||0||0||1||0||1.74|
|Brendan Donnelly (H,7)||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||1.66|
|Leo Nunez (S,21)||1||0||0||0||0||2||0||4.04|
|Pitches-Strikes - Sean West 94-60, Brian Sanches 14-10, Brendan Donnelly 9-6, Leo Nunez 10-8|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Sean West 2-6, Brian Sanches 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Sean West 26, Brian Sanches 4, Brendan Donnelly 3, Leo Nunez 3|
|St. Louis Cardinals|
|Skip Schumaker, 2B||4||0||2||0||0||2||0||.299|
|Julio Lugo, SS||3||0||1||0||1||2||1||.291|
|Albert Pujols, 1B||3||0||2||1||0||0||1||.331|
|Matt Holliday, LF||4||0||0||0||0||2||5||.313|
|Ryan Ludwick, RF||3||0||0||0||1||1||0||.272|
|Mark DeRosa, 3B||4||0||0||0||0||2||1||.254|
|Yadier Molina, C||3||0||1||0||1||0||0||.283|
|Rick Ankiel, CF||4||1||1||0||0||3||2||.235|
|Adam Wainwright, P||2||0||0||0||0||0||1||.148|
|a- Colby Rasmus, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.260|
|Trever Miller, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Mitchell Boggs, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.071|
|b- Joe Thurston, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.228|
|a-grounded out for Wainwright in the 7th|
|b-struck out for Boggs in the 9th|
|2B - Albert Pujols (39, West)|
|SF - Albert Pujols (7)|
|RBI - Albert Pujols (126)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|DP - Lugo-Schumaker-Pujols, Molina-Schumaker|
|E - Julio Lugo (9, Misplayed grounder)|
|St. Louis Cardinals|
|Adam Wainwright (L,18-8)||7||7||2||2||1||8||1||2.59|
|Pitches-Strikes - Adam Wainwright 104-71, Trever Miller 7-4, Mitchell Boggs 25-18|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Adam Wainwright 5-7, Mitchell Boggs 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Adam Wainwright 28, Trever Miller 1, Mitchell Boggs 5|
|Attendance - 42895|
|Game Time - 2:42|
|Temperature - 75|
|Umpires - Home - Chris Guccione, First Base - Mike Winters, Second Base - Jerry Layne, Third Base - Tony Randazzo|