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MIAMI -- Joe Kelly didn't expect to figure into Monday night's game when he came to the ballpark.
The 24-year old rookie pitcher, who is scheduled to start Wednesday for the St. Louis Cardinals, came up with an RBI as a pinch-hitter in the 10th inning of the Cardinals' 8-7 victory over the Miami Marlins.
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"I was the most nervous I could be and I was like, `Man I might come up in a situation where I'll actually have to hit,"' Kelly said.
"We've been told when he came up that he was probably going to be one of our hitters on the pitching staff," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said.
Kelly hit a soft grounder to shortstop Jose Reyes, whose throw to first was not in time to get Kelly, allowing Furcal to score an insurance run.
"I know I'm pretty fast [and I thought] I can beat this ball so I just started sprinting as fast as I could," Kelly said.
"Unbelievable," Matheny said. "Through some crazy stuff, guys getting out of jams, it was a great effort."
"Plain and simple this loss is on me," Bell said.
The bottom of the ninth was highlighted with lineup controversy.
After Hanley Ramirez singled with one out, Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen came out of the dugout to dispute the Cardinals' lineup with home plate umpire Bob Davidson. Following a 10-minute discussion among the umpires, they ruled in Guillen's favor leaving Matheny in disagreement and prompting Tony Cruz to come off the bench to replace Allen Craig at first base.
Matheny thought the pitcher's place in the order was the seventh spot whereas Guillen believed it was the fifth, which ended up being where Kelly delivered his pinch hit.
"Go figure that was the game-winner," Matheny said. "It was a shame that has to be any part of the conversation about a win like that, but understandable."
Marte (2-1) pitched 2/3 innings for the win.
After halting a six-game losing streak with a win on Sunday, the Marlins have lost 16 of 19.
"Very disappointed," Guillen said. "You're pitching well and all of a sudden they score seven or eight runs. This is something you have to sleep on and come back tomorrow. It's going to stick in your head for a little while. It's a hard one."
The Marlins led 6-1 in the eighth before third baseman Ramirez's two errors on a ground ball by David Freese allowed the Cardinals to cut the deficit to 6-2.
Reyes drove in runs with a double in the third and a single in the fifth.
The Cardinals pulled within 2-1 as Freese scored on a passed ball.
Miami starter Ricky Nolasco went 6 2/3 innings allowing one unearned run and striking out four.
Miami added to their lead in the seventh on consecutive bases-loaded walks issued by Eduardo Sanchez. Logan Morrison's groundout and Greg Dobbs' RBI single pushed the lead to 6-1 as the Marlins batted around scoring four runs on two hits and four walks.
Cardinals starter Jake Westbrook allowed two runs in six innings.
|Yadier Molina's two-run homer in the ninth inning caps a four-run rally to tie the game for the Cardinals. (AP)|
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|Rafael Furcal, SS||5||2||1||1||1||0||1||.287|
|Jon Jay, CF||3||0||0||0||0||1||0||.331|
|a- Shane Robinson, PH-CF||2||0||0||0||1||1||2||.246|
|Matt Holliday, LF||5||1||3||0||0||0||3||.304|
|Carlos Beltran, RF||3||2||2||1||3||0||0||.313|
|Allen Craig, 1B||4||0||0||1||0||2||4||.311|
|Victor Marte, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Joe Kelly, PH||1||0||1||1||0||0||0||.250|
|Jason Motte, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Yadier Molina, C||6||1||2||2||0||1||3||.319|
|David Freese, 3B||5||1||2||0||0||1||0||.281|
|Tony Cruz, 1B||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.163|
|Daniel Descalso, 2B-3B||4||0||0||0||1||1||4||.241|
|Jake Westbrook, P||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.167|
|c- Skip Schumaker, PH||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||.305|
|Fernando Salas, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Eduardo Sanchez, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Marc Rzepczynski, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|d- Matt Carpenter, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||2||.286|
|Sam Freeman, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Tyler Greene, 2B||1||1||1||0||0||0||0||.233|
|a-walked for Jay in the 7th|
|b-singled for Marte in the 10th|
|c-walked for Westbrook in the 7th|
|d-struck out for Rzepczynski in the 8th|
|2B - Rafael Furcal (12, Gaudin), Matt Holliday (17, Bell)|
|HR - Yadier Molina (11, Bell)|
|SF - Allen Craig (3)|
|SH - Jake Westbrook (4)|
|RBI - Rafael Furcal (31), Carlos Beltran (57), Allen Craig (34), Joe Kelly (1), Yadier Molina 2 (41)|
|2-OUT RBI - Joe Kelly (1), Yadier Molina 2 (19)|
|Team LOB - 13|
|Outfield Assists - Matt Holliday 1|
|DP - T. Greene-Cruz|
|St. Louis Cardinals|
|Victor Marte (W,2-1)||0.2||1||0||0||1||0||0||3.55|
|Jason Motte (S,15)||1||2||1||1||1||2||0||3.48|
|IBB - Reyes by Eduardo Sanchez|
|Pitches-Strikes - Jake Westbrook 74-48, Fernando Salas 9-5, Eduardo Sanchez 15-3, Marc Rzepczynski 7-4, Sam Freeman 18-12, Victor Marte 11-5, Jason Motte 24-16|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jake Westbrook 10-6, Fernando Salas 1-0, Marc Rzepczynski 2-0, Sam Freeman 1-2, Victor Marte 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Jake Westbrook 24, Fernando Salas 3, Eduardo Sanchez 3, Marc Rzepczynski 3, Sam Freeman 4, Victor Marte 3, Jason Motte 6|
|Jose Reyes, SS||5||1||2||2||1||1||2||.270|
|Hanley Ramirez, 3B||3||1||2||1||2||0||0||.262|
|Giancarlo Stanton, RF||3||0||0||1||2||0||3||.271|
|Logan Morrison, LF||4||0||0||1||0||0||0||.228|
|Steve Cishek, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Mike Dunn, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Heath Bell, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Gaby Sanchez, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.194|
|Chad Gaudin, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Greg Dobbs, 1B||5||0||1||1||0||1||0||.290|
|Omar Infante, 2B||5||1||2||0||0||0||2||.292|
|Scott Cousins, CF||5||1||2||0||0||1||2||.241|
|John Buck, C||3||3||2||1||2||0||0||.175|
|Brett Hayes, PR||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.221|
|Ricky Nolasco, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.167|
|Randy Choate, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Edward Mujica, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Donovan Solano, PH||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.364|
|Justin Ruggiano, LF||1||0||0||0||1||0||0||.341|
|a-grounded into a double play for Bell in the 9th|
|b-hit a sacrifice bunt for Mujica in the 7th|
|2B - Jose Reyes (14, Westbrook), Omar Infante (19, Motte), Scott Cousins (3, Salas)|
|SH - Ricky Nolasco 2 (5), Donovan Solano (1)|
|RBI - Jose Reyes 2 (18), Hanley Ramirez (41), Giancarlo Stanton (45), Logan Morrison (25), Greg Dobbs (17), John Buck (18)|
|2-OUT RBI - Jose Reyes (8), Greg Dobbs (8), John Buck (3)|
|CS - Scott Cousins (1, 2nd base by Westbrook/Molina)|
|Team LOB - 9|
|PB - John Buck (5)|
|E - Omar Infante (8, Missed catch of throw(Next play)|
|Edward Mujica (H,10)||0.1||1||0||0||0||0||0||4.64|
|Mike Dunn (H,3)||0.2||0||0||0||0||2||0||8.03|
|Chad Gaudin (L,1-1)||1||3||2||2||1||1||0||4.89|
|IBB - Beltran by Chad Gaudin|
|HBP - Holliday (by Chad Gaudin)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Ricky Nolasco 111-69, Randy Choate 7-3, Edward Mujica 1-1, Steve Cishek 13-8, Mike Dunn 10-7, Heath Bell 27-14, Chad Gaudin 26-15|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ricky Nolasco 8-9, Steve Cishek 1-0, Heath Bell 1-1, Chad Gaudin 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Ricky Nolasco 28, Randy Choate 1, Edward Mujica 1, Steve Cishek 4, Mike Dunn 2, Heath Bell 7, Chad Gaudin 8|
|Attendance - 27369|
|Game Time - 4:07|
|Temperature - 76|
|Umpires - Home - Bob Davidson, First Base - Dan Bellino, Second Base - Mike Muchlinski, Third Base - Jerry Layne|