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Beltran homers twice as Cards outslug Marlins

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MIAMI -- Carlos Beltran homering from each side of the plate Saturday was hardly a shocker, since he had done it 10 times before.

But Lance Lynn's two-run single? That was unprecedented.

Both contributed offensively as the St. Louis Cardinals survived a slugfest against the lowest-scoring team in the major leagues and beat the Miami Marlins 13-7. Beltran homered twice and tripled, while Lynn (9-1) notched the victory despite allowing a career-high seven runs in five innings.

The Cardinals scored five runs in the first, then found themselves at 6-all in the second before pulling away. Even for the hitters, the game was no fun, Beltran said.

"I felt like I was out there playing defense for four hours," he said. ``It's one of those days where you have to grind and try to find a way to stay in the game."

Manager Mike Matheny agreed.

"It felt like a doubleheader," he said.

Swinging left-handed, Beltran hit his 15th home run in the second inning and tripled for the first time since May 2012 in the eighth. He hit another home run from the right side in the ninth.

Beltran extended the longest active hitting streak in the NL to 14 games and raised his average to .311.

"I feel great," he said. "I've been healthy, and good things are happening for me and the team."

The Cardinals tied a season high with 17 hits. Yadier Molina singled home two runs in their big first inning, and David Freese's fourth homer in the third inning put them ahead to stay.

It's the fifth time this season the Cardinals have scored at least nine runs when Lynn has started, and this time he contributed himself, delivering a two-out single off Ryan Webb to make the score 9-6.

Lynn glanced over his shoulder as he stepped to the plate, unsure whether Matheny might call on a pinch-hitter.

"He looked right at me," Matheny said. "He wanted to know what the game plan was. I told him to get a hit. Brilliant coaching, huh?"

The single raised Lynn's lifetime average to .077. He came into the game with five hits and one RBI in 76 career at-bats.

But the right-hander's pitching performance left him in no mood to smile about his hitting.

"It was a bad day," he said. "I was fighting it the whole time. I only had one pitch, the fastball. When I threw it they got hits, and I wasn't able to get other pitches over for strikes."

Giancarlo Stanton hit a two-run homer for Miami, his fifth, while Rob Brantly had two hits and three RBI. But the Marlins never took the lead.

Tom Koehler (0-5) allowed a career-high nine runs in 4 2/3 innings.

"It was really a case of two starters out there having a tough time plowing through the lineups," Marlins manager Mike Redmond said.

Molina finished with three RBI and two hits, hiking his NL-leading average to .352. Freese and Daniel Descalso had three hits each.

The Cardinals went 7 for 14 with runners in scoring position, hiking their season average in those situations to .342.

Lynn has received the best run support of any Cardinals starter this season, and they went to work for him right away, loading the bases with one out in the first before Molina singled home their first runs. Freese followed with an RBI single, Descalso doubled home a run, and Freese beat a throw home on a grounder to first.

After Juan Pierre led off Miami's first with a triple, Ed Lucas and Adeiny Hechavarria had RBI singles, and Brantly hit a two-run single.

Stanton's homer in the second inning made it 6-all, but Lynn stayed on the mound long enough to get the win -- barely.

"It definitely wasn't one of his better games," Matheny said. "The offense gave him a lot of room."

Notes

  • Marlins 1B Logan Morrison said his stiff back felt better, but he was held out of the lineup for the second day in a row, and he might sit out Sunday, too.
  • Molina's hit raised the Cardinals' average with the bases loaded to .379 (22 for 58).
  • Miami rookie SS Hechavarria has committed just two errors to rank fourth in the majors in fielding at his position.
  • RHP Ricky Nolasco, who faces the Cardinals on Sunday, hasn't allowed an earned run in his past 18 2/3 innings against them.
 
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Carlos Beltran homers from each side of the plate and also triples to lead St. Louis. (USATSI)
Carlos Beltran homers from each side of the plate and also triples to lead St. Louis. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
St. Louis

C. Beltran
AB 6
R 3
H 3
HR 2
RBI 2
Miami

R. Brantly
AB 3
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 3
 
St. Louis Cardinals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jon Jay, CF5110116 .247
Carlos Beltran, RF6332002 .311
    Shane Robinson, RF0000000 .222
Matt Holliday, LF5220120 .269
    Keith Butler, P0000000 .000
Allen Craig, 1B4211001 .317
Yadier Molina, C5123011 .352
David Freese, 3B4332101 .292
Daniel Descalso, 2B4131100 .273
Pete Kozma, SS5011013 .253
Lance Lynn, P2012011 .125
    Seth Maness, P0000000 .000
   a- Matt Adams, PH1000012 .320
    Randy Choate, P0000000 .000
    Trevor Rosenthal, P0000000 .000
   b- Ty Wigginton, PH-LF1000000 .188
Totals4213171247  
a-struck out for Maness in the 7th
b-flied out for Rosenthal in the 9th
Batting
2B - Daniel Descalso 2 (12, Koehler, Ramos)
3B - Carlos Beltran (1, Ramos)
HR - Carlos Beltran 2 (16, Koehler, Olmos), David Freese (4, Koehler)
SH - Lance Lynn (8)
RBI - Carlos Beltran 2 (44), Allen Craig (51), Yadier Molina 3 (36), David Freese 2 (23), Daniel Descalso (22), Pete Kozma (25), Lance Lynn 2 (2)
2-OUT RBI - Carlos Beltran (18), Lance Lynn 2 (2)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Descalso-Kozma-Craig
St. Louis Cardinals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Lance Lynn (W,9-1) 5977361 3.56
Seth Maness (H,4) 1100000 3.26
Randy Choate (H,8) 1000020 2.63
Trevor Rosenthal 1100000 1.59
Keith Butler 1000020 2.89
HBP - Dobbs (by Lance Lynn), Polanco (by Trevor Rosenthal)
Pitches-Strikes - Lance Lynn 105-61, Seth Maness 10-8, Randy Choate 11-7, Trevor Rosenthal 21-15, Keith Butler 12-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Lance Lynn 3-6, Seth Maness 3-0, Randy Choate 1-0, Trevor Rosenthal 1-1
Batters Faced - Lance Lynn 28, Seth Maness 4, Randy Choate 3, Trevor Rosenthal 4, Keith Butler 3
Miami Marlins
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Juan Pierre, LF5120002 .253
Ed Lucas, 3B-1B4221111 .326
Giancarlo Stanton, RF4122102 .263
Marcell Ozuna, CF5000023 .296
Derek Dietrich, 2B4100113 .216
Adeiny Hechavarria, SS5221000 .204
Greg Dobbs, 1B3010020 .213
    Dan Jennings, P0000000 .000
    Edgar Olmos, P0000000 .000
Rob Brantly, C3023010 .245
Tom Koehler, P2000023 .083
    Ryan Webb, P0000000 .000
   a- Jordan Brown, PH1000011 .333
    A.J. Ramos, P0000000 .000
    Placido Polanco, 3B0000000 .227
Totals367117310  
a-struck out for Webb in the 5th
Batting
2B - Ed Lucas (2, Rosenthal), Greg Dobbs (7, Lynn), Rob Brantly (8, Lynn)
3B - Juan Pierre (2, Lynn)
HR - Giancarlo Stanton (5, Lynn)
SF - Rob Brantly (3)
RBI - Ed Lucas (5), Giancarlo Stanton 2 (16), Adeiny Hechavarria (17), Rob Brantly 3 (15)
2-OUT RBI - Adeiny Hechavarria (11), Rob Brantly 2 (7)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Hechavarria-Dobbs, Hechavarria-Dietrich-Lucas
Miami Marlins
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Tom Koehler (L,0-5) 4.2899232 5.09
Ryan Webb 0.1200000 3.58
A.J. Ramos 2533120 4.89
Dan Jennings 1100100 0.87
Edgar Olmos 1111021 7.20
HBP - Craig (by Tom Koehler)
WP - Dan Jennings (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Tom Koehler 88-52, Ryan Webb 8-4, A.J. Ramos 43-29, Dan Jennings 6-8, Edgar Olmos 14-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tom Koehler 6-5, Ryan Webb 1-0, A.J. Ramos 3-1, Dan Jennings 2-0
Batters Faced - Tom Koehler 25, Ryan Webb 3, A.J. Ramos 12, Dan Jennings 4, Edgar Olmos 4
Game Information
Attendance - 16098
Game Time - 3:17
Temperature - 76
Umpires - Home - Tom Hallion, First Base - Chris Guccione, Second Base - Ron Kulpa, Third Base - Phil Cuzzi