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Cardinals edge Marlins on Stanton's throwing error in 9th

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ST. LOUIS -- Matt Adams got a curtain call after the biggest swing of the game. Then the St. Louis Cardinals capitalized on the day's biggest mistake.

Jon Jay scored from first on a single after right fielder Giancarlo Stanton's throwing error with two outs in the ninth for a 5-4 victory over the Miami Marlins on Saturday.

"We've had a lot of close games like this that we couldn't quite pull off at the end," manager Mike Matheny said. "So, it doesn't matter to me. Just that we did."

Edward Mujica (1-1) worked a scoreless ninth for the Cardinals after Adams' pinch-hit, two-run homer tied it two innings earlier.

Jay drew a full-count walk off A.J. Ramos (3-3) with two outs in the ninth and took third easily on Robinson's pinch-hit single, then scored without a play after Stanton hesitated before throwing a relay that skipped under Logan Morrison's glove at first base.

"I was just trying to get the ball before it hit the ground," Morrison said. "I should have played it back or just let it go because it was on the line.

"We should have won that game, no doubt about it, but we didn't and now it's over and that's why we play every day."

Stanton did not speak to reporters after the game.

The Marlins got homers from Derek Dietrich and Morrison but their run of four straight series wins ended after dropping the first two against the Cardinals.

Manager Mike Redmond was ejected for arguing a close play at the plate in the fourth, with replays indicating Adeiny Hechavarria's legs crossed the plate before catcher Tony Cruz tagged him on the shoulder.

Redmond was already frustrated after an incorrect call at third base Friday ended up saddling the Marlins with an unusual double play in a 4-1 loss. He thought Hechavarria was "clearly safe" and wasn't certain that Cruz made the tag.

"I knew that run was going to be big," Redmond said. "You can only take so much, right? I think of those guys in the dugout and they're busting their butts. You've got to stick up for those guys, too."

Adams' homer off Mike Dunn foiled the Marlins' switch from starter to a lefty-lefty matchup and tied it at 4. Adams has both of the Cardinals' pinch homers this season and is 6 for 16 against lefties with two homers and six RBIs.

"In that situation, I don't know if I'd pull him for anyone," Matheny said. "He's earned it. If we're going to use him, we're going to use him."

Both starters reached season bests for innings, with Eovaldi going up three runs in 6 2-3 innings and Joe Kelly allowing four runs in six innings.

Matheny gave Kelly the fifth spot in the rotation on June 22 but the Cardinals didn't need him until now because of three off days, and the right-hander was used just once in long relief on June 28 before facing the Marlins. Matheny said Kelly will get another start next week.

Morrison has four homers in his last six games against the Cardinals. His fourth of this season put the Marlins up 3-1.

Kelly singled for his sixth career hit in 38 at-bats and scored on Matt Carpenter's triple in the third, a hooking drive that barely got past center fielder Marcell Ozuna. Carlos Beltran followed with an RBI single before Matt Holliday grounded into his 21st double play, by far the most in the majors.

Dietrich doubled with one out in the second and scored easily on Hechavarria's single.

Notes

  • The Cardinals are slotting ace Adam Wainwright ahead of rookie Shelby Miller on Tuesday, giving the 11-game winner two starts heading into the All-Star break but making him ineligible to pitch in the game.
  • A second straight giveaway, this one for Holliday jerseys, attracted a second straight sellout with attendance of 45,475. Fans jammed entrances more than two hours before game time, to make sure they got the souvenir given to fans 16 and over.
  • Cardinals SS Daniel Descalso had two throwing errors, a day after 2B Carpenter had a pair of errors.
  • Cruz made just his eighth start of the season with Yadier Molina sent for medical tests on an injured knee.
  • Cardinals starting SS Pete Kozma, in an 0 for 17 slump, did not play for the third straight game.
 
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Jon Jay (left) celebrates with Daniel Descalso (center) after scoring the winning run on a throwing error. (USATSI)
Jon Jay (left) celebrates with Daniel Descalso (center) after scoring the winning run on a throwing error. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Miami

D. Dietrich
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
St. Louis

M. Adams
AB 1
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
 
Miami Marlins
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Justin Ruggiano, LF4000002 .226
Placido Polanco, 3B2100201 .239
Giancarlo Stanton, RF3010102 .246
Logan Morrison, 1B4112002 .318
Marcell Ozuna, CF4000021 .289
Derek Dietrich, 2B4221011 .218
Adeiny Hechavarria, SS4011000 .224
Rob Brantly, C4010012 .238
Nate Eovaldi, P2000011 .000
    Greg Dobbs, PH1000000 .227
Totals3246435  
a-grounded out for Qualls in the 9th
Batting
2B - Derek Dietrich (9, Kelly)
HR - Logan Morrison (4, Kelly), Derek Dietrich (8, Kelly)
SH - Nate Eovaldi (1)
RBI - Logan Morrison 2 (10), Derek Dietrich (20), Adeiny Hechavarria (22)
2-OUT RBI - Logan Morrison 2 (6)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Hechavarria-Morrison, Hechavarria-Morrison-Dietrich-Hechavarria-Morrison
E - Giancarlo Stanton (7, Throwing)
Miami Marlins
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Nate Eovaldi 6.2533330 2.55
Mike Dunn (BS,2) 0.2111001 3.16
Chad Qualls 0.2100010 3.27
A.J. Ramos (L,3-3) 0.2110100 3.86
Pitches-Strikes - Nate Eovaldi 97-57, Mike Dunn 16-12, Chad Qualls 11-10, A.J. Ramos 18-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Nate Eovaldi 7-8, Mike Dunn 1-1, Chad Qualls 1-0
Batters Faced - Nate Eovaldi 26, Mike Dunn 3, Chad Qualls 3, A.J. Ramos 4
St. Louis Cardinals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Matt Carpenter, 2B4111001 .319
Carlos Beltran, RF4011011 .305
Matt Holliday, LF3000101 .265
Allen Craig, 1B3010101 .325
David Freese, 3B4000012 .273
Daniel Descalso, SS3000100 .275
Tony Cruz, C4110011 .158
Jon Jay, CF3110111 .245
Joe Kelly, P2110001 .167
    Matt Adams, PH1112000 .319
    Shane Robinson, PH1010000 .230
Totals3258444  
a-homered for Maness in the 7th
b-singled for Mujica in the 9th
Batting
3B - Matt Carpenter (4, Eovaldi)
HR - Matt Adams (7, Dunn)
RBI - Matt Carpenter (37), Carlos Beltran (51), Matt Adams 2 (24)
2-OUT RBI - Matt Adams 2 (9)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Descalso-Craig
E - Daniel Descalso 2 (7, Throwing)
St. Louis Cardinals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Joe Kelly 6544242 4.15
Seth Maness 1100000 2.60
Trevor Rosenthal 1000110 1.98
Edward Mujica (W,1-1) 1000000 2.48
Pitches-Strikes - Joe Kelly 78-45, Seth Maness 11-7, Trevor Rosenthal 16-9, Edward Mujica 12-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Joe Kelly 8-6, Seth Maness 3-0, Trevor Rosenthal 1-1, Edward Mujica 3-0
Batters Faced - Joe Kelly 25, Seth Maness 4, Trevor Rosenthal 4, Edward Mujica 3
Game Information
Attendance - 45475
Game Time - 2:44
Temperature - 82
Umpires - Home - Bill Welke, First Base - Adrian Johnson, Second Base - Brian O'Nora, Third Base - Field Culbreth