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|Florida (54-56) «||1||0||0||1||0||0||1||0||1||1||5||9||0|
MIAMI -- Hanley Ramirez has been struggling at the plate.
So he decided to change his batting stance before Saturday's game and it paid off.
"The fans expect a lot of things from me so I've got to come through," said Ramirez, who also homered to lead-off the game. "They come here to watch all 25 guys, but they expect a little bit more from me."
He reverted back to the open stance he used in 2006 when he was the NL Rookie of the Year.
"I felt good right away in batting practice and I was talking to Tony [Perez] and he knows what I was doing wrong," said Ramirez, who had just one extra-base hit since July 2.
"I think everybody in the stadium probably felt [Ramirez] was about getting ready to end it," Uggla said.
Following the game-winning hit on Franklin's fastball, Ramirez did not receive the customary pie to the face from his teammates as the Marlins have banned such action after Chris Coghlan injured his knee last month while delivering a pie to Wes Helms.
"I was looking around, but it was good because it burns in your eyes," Ramirez said.
Clay Hensley (2-4) picked up the win in relief by pitching a scoreless 10th.
"I made three mistakes and they hit all three of them," Franklin said. "That pretty much sums it up."
The Cardinals trailed 3-2 with two outs in the ninth before Yadier Molina and Aaron Miles each hit RBI singles off Leo Nunez to take a 4-3 advantage. It was Nunez's seventh blown save in 33 opportunities.
"There was a lot of heroes," Cardinals manager Tony La Russa said. "You just take care of what you can do and if the other side has the last hero you just tip your hat to them."
Franklin came on to pitch the ninth, but allowed a home run to Uggla on the first pitch. It was Uggla's 25th homer of the season, his ninth in the last 15 games. Franklin's blown save was his second of the season.
"I'm thinking, tie it up myself," Uggla said.
Marlins starter Josh Johnson pitched eight innings allowing two runs and five hits while striking out five. He threw 68 of his 99 pitches for strikes before being lifted in favor of Nunez. Johnson retired the first 10 batters before Jon Jay singled to left in the fourth.
"He was sweating way too much out there and by the sixth inning he was a little bit tired and then I made a decision to bring in Leo Nunez to close the game," Marlins manager Edwin Rodriguez said.
Cardinals starter Jake Westbrook struck out a season-high nine batters, the most since he also struck out nine on September 23, 2007 against the Oakland A's as a member of the Cleveland Indians. He allowed three runs and six hits in seven innings in his second start with the Cardinals.
"I can't explain [the strikeouts]," Westbrook said. "Probably, for a lot of these guys, it's the first time facing me."
Murphy homered in the seventh off of Westbrook to give the Marlins a 3-2 lead.Notes
|After getting his first hit as a Marlin, Chad Tracy comes around to score the game-winning run in the 10th. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
|St. Louis Cardinals|
|Felipe Lopez, 3B||5||0||0||0||0||1||0||.259|
|Jon Jay, RF-CF||4||1||1||0||0||0||0||.371|
|Albert Pujols, 1B||4||2||2||0||0||0||0||.311|
|Matt Holliday, LF||4||1||2||1||0||0||0||.298|
|Colby Rasmus, CF||3||0||0||1||0||1||1||.274|
|Ryan Franklin, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Yadier Molina, C||4||0||3||1||0||0||1||.249|
|Aaron Miles, 2B||4||0||1||1||0||0||1||.305|
|Jake Westbrook, P||2||0||0||0||0||2||0||.000|
|a- Randy Winn, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.233|
|Kyle McClellan, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.500|
|Allen Craig, RF||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.205|
|Brendan Ryan, SS||4||0||0||0||0||0||0||.223|
|a-struck out for Westbrook in the 8th|
|2B - Matt Holliday (29, Johnson)|
|SF - Colby Rasmus (3)|
|RBI - Matt Holliday (67), Colby Rasmus (48), Yadier Molina (40), Aaron Miles (7)|
|2-OUT RBI - Yadier Molina (17), Aaron Miles (2)|
|Team LOB - 3|
|St. Louis Cardinals|
|Ryan Franklin (BS,2; L,6-2)||1.1||3||2||2||0||1||1||3.60|
|WP - Jake Westbrook (7)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Jake Westbrook 105-64, Kyle McClellan 11-8, Ryan Franklin 20-16|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jake Westbrook 10-2, Kyle McClellan 2-1, Ryan Franklin 1-2|
|Batters Faced - Jake Westbrook 27, Kyle McClellan 3, Ryan Franklin 7|
|Hanley Ramirez, SS||5||1||2||2||0||0||0||.280|
|Emilio Bonifacio, CF||4||1||1||0||0||0||0||.245|
|Logan Morrison, LF||4||0||1||1||0||0||0||.234|
|Dan Uggla, 2B||4||1||3||1||0||1||0||.280|
|Mike Stanton, RF||4||0||0||0||0||2||3||.233|
|Ronny Paulino, C||4||0||0||0||0||3||2||.266|
|Wes Helms, 1B||4||0||0||0||0||2||2||.227|
|Clay Hensley, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Donnie Murphy, 3B||4||1||1||1||0||1||0||.286|
|Josh Johnson, P||3||0||0||0||0||1||0||.102|
|Leo Nunez, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Chad Tracy, 1B||1||1||1||0||0||0||0||.250|
|2B - Hanley Ramirez (18, Franklin)|
|HR - Hanley Ramirez (15, Westbrook), Dan Uggla (25, Franklin), Donnie Murphy (3, Westbrook)|
|RBI - Hanley Ramirez 2 (58), Logan Morrison (5), Dan Uggla (67), Donnie Murphy (8)|
|2-OUT RBI - Donnie Murphy (4)|
|Team LOB - 4|
|Outfield Assists - Emilio Bonifacio 2|
|Leo Nunez (BS,7)||1||4||2||2||0||0||0||3.23|
|Clay Hensley (W,2-4)||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||2.84|
|Pitches-Strikes - Josh Johnson 99-68, Leo Nunez 22-14, Clay Hensley 6-5|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Josh Johnson 10-8, Clay Hensley 1-2|
|Batters Faced - Josh Johnson 28, Leo Nunez 6, Clay Hensley 3|
|Attendance - 24344|
|Game Time - 2:23|
|Temperature - 75|
|Umpires - Home - Wally Bell, First Base - John Hirschbeck, Second Base - James Hoye, Third Base - Laz Diaz|