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Ramirez gets three hits in return, helps Marlins defeat Cardinals

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ST. LOUIS -- Hanley Ramirez shrugged off the boos and got back to work.

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Ramirez returned to the Florida Marlins' lineup with three hits and Anibal Sanchez threw seven impressive innings Wednesday night in a 5-1 victory against the St. Louis Cardinals.

"I'm happy to be in the lineup," Ramirez said. "That's what I like to do, play every day."

As for the negative reaction? "I'm in St. Louis, not Florida."

Ramirez was yanked from Monday's game for loafing and benched Tuesday after criticizing manager Fredi Gonzalez and teammates. The two-time All-Star apologized individually to the Marlins before the game.

Ramirez was booed before three of his first four at-bats. The reigning NL batting champion answered with three singles, two of them infield hits, and drove in a run.

Dan Uggla and Cameron Maybin hit home runs in the same inning for the second successive game for Florida, which has won six of seven. The Cardinals lost for the first time in three games since Albert Pujols was moved to cleanup.

"The little distraction that we had going on, that's in the past," Florida's Jorge Cantu said. "We're grown-ups, we're professionals.

"Now we have a good thing going here, and we don't want any kind of distractions," he said.

Cardinals rookie Jaime Garcia worked five scoreless innings and has not allowed a run in 19 innings at home. He escaped trouble in all but one inning, stranding nine runners, although the outing was his shortest of the year by an inning.

"Yeah, I was a little bit off," Garcia said. "I couldn't find my rhythm, but I was able to make good pitches when I needed them in tough situations.

"They've got a really good lineup; they were working the pitch counts."

Sanchez (3-2) allowed four hits in seven scoreless innings and didn't give up a hit his last four innings to win his second successive start. He struck out Colby Rasmus all three times and threw a career-high 119 pitches.

"This is the most consistency that I've seen coming out of him," Gonzalez said. "That's good, that's really good."

Matt Holliday had two hits batting third for St. Louis, but struck out in the eighth against Clay Hensley with two on and no outs to fall to .160 (8 for 50) with runners in scoring position. Pujols followed with a double-play ball.

"There was real hope there; Albert's the tying run on deck," manager Tony La Russa said. "Matt chased a couple and Albert got in front of one, so it's disappointing."

The Cardinals have totaled four runs on 12 hits the past two games.

Garcia and Cantu are both from Reynosa, Mexico. Cantu tipped his helmet toward the mound before getting an infield hit in the first and was 2 for 3 against the 23-year-old left-hander.

Sanchez, a career .079 hitter, walked on a full count against Blake Hawksworth (0-2) to load the bases ahead of Chris Coghlan's sacrifice fly to open the scoring in the sixth. Ramirez added his second RBI in nine games with an infield hit, and Hawksworth surrendered Uggla's 11th home run and Maybin's third in the seventh.

"The ball was up, I missed spots, got hit," Hawksworth said.

Rasmus doubled and scored on David Freese's single off Burke Badenhop to open the ninth.

Notes

  • Ramirez batted .143 (3 for 21) last year against the Cardinals.
  • The Marlins are 8-2 when Uggla goes deep.
  • Rasmus batted .400 (8 for 20) last year against the Marlins with two home runs, seven RBI and no strikeouts.
  • Cardinals OF prospect Shane Robinson will undergo season-ending surgery for a dislocated left shoulder Thursday in St. Louis. Robinson was injured sliding into second base May 8.
  • Ramirez leads Florida with seven infield hits.
  • Uggla and Maybin hit home runs in the sixth Tuesday against Arizona.
 
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Hanley Ramirez displays some hustle in his return, legging out two infield singles in Florida's victory.  (AP)
Hanley Ramirez displays some hustle in his return, legging out two infield singles in Florida's victory. (AP)

Players of the Game
Florida

D. Uggla
AB 3
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
Florida

A. Sanchez
IP 7.0
H 4
ER 0
BB 2
K 8
 

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Florida Marlins
Chris Coghlan, LF4011020 .223
Gaby Sanchez, 1B5000013 .282
    Brian Barden, PR-3B0000000 .263
Hanley Ramirez, SS5031001 .303
Jorge Cantu, 3B-1B5020023 .280
Dan Uggla, 2B3221211 .295
Cody Ross, RF4011115 .307
Ronny Paulino, C5110003 .291
Cameron Maybin, CF5221011 .248
Anibal Sanchez, P2000200 .188
    Clay Hensley, P0000000 .000
    Burke Badenhop, P0000000 .000
Totals38512558  
Batting
2B - Jorge Cantu (13, Garcia), Dan Uggla (9, Boggs), Cody Ross (12, Boggs)
HR - Dan Uggla (11, Hawksworth), Cameron Maybin (3, Hawksworth)
SF - Chris Coghlan (1)
RBI - Chris Coghlan (11), Hanley Ramirez (21), Dan Uggla (27), Cody Ross (21), Cameron Maybin (14)
2-OUT RBI - Hanley Ramirez (9), Cameron Maybin (10)
CS - Brian Barden (2, 2nd base by Boggs/Molina)
Team LOB - 12
Fielding
DP - Barden-Cantu, Badenhop-Uggla-H. Ramirez-Cantu
Florida Marlins
Anibal Sanchez (W,3-2) 7400280 3.28
Clay Hensley 1000210 1.59
Burke Badenhop 1211000 5.66
Pitches-Strikes - Anibal Sanchez 119-80, Clay Hensley 15-6, Burke Badenhop 13-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Anibal Sanchez 4-9, Clay Hensley 1-0, Burke Badenhop 2-0
Batters Faced - Anibal Sanchez 27, Clay Hensley 4, Burke Badenhop 4
St. Louis Cardinals
Felipe Lopez, SS2000200 .241
Ryan Ludwick, RF3000111 .289
Matt Holliday, LF4020022 .295
Albert Pujols, 1B4010002 .322
Colby Rasmus, CF4110032 .279
David Freese, 3B4011010 .304
Yadier Molina, C4010011 .264
Skip Schumaker, 2B3000100 .231
Jaime Garcia, P1000001 .063
   a- Joe Mather, PH1000010 .211
    Blake Hawksworth, P0000000 .000
   b- Nick Stavinoha, PH1000001 .333
    Mitchell Boggs, P0000000 .000
Totals3116149  
a-struck out for Garcia in the 5th
b-grounded out for Hawksworth in the 7th
Batting
2B - Colby Rasmus (9, Badenhop)
RBI - David Freese (25)
SB - Felipe Lopez (3, 2nd base off Sanchez/Paulino)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
E - David Freese (5, Misplayed grounder)
St. Louis Cardinals
Jaime Garcia 5500460 1.28
Blake Hawksworth (L,0-2) 2544102 4.15
Mitchell Boggs 2211020 3.63
Pitches-Strikes - Jaime Garcia 96-56, Blake Hawksworth 41-28, Mitchell Boggs 28-18
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jaime Garcia 6-3, Blake Hawksworth 1-5, Mitchell Boggs 2-2
Batters Faced - Jaime Garcia 24, Blake Hawksworth 12, Mitchell Boggs 8
Game Information
Attendance - 40766
Game Time - 2:54
Temperature - 67
Umpires - Home - Brian Knight, First Base - Greg Gibson, Second Base - Gerry Davis, Third Base - Sam Holbrook