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Cards can't stop M's, fall into first-place tie in NL Central

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ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Cardinals' offense is back in one of those rough patches. They need to be out of this rut soon.

"There's nothing wrong with us getting a couple of hits early," manager Mike Matheny said after the Seattle Mariners snapped a five-game losing streak with a 4-1 victory Saturday night. "There's nothing wrong with getting a couple of runs."

Rookie James Paxton gave up two hits in six shutout innings, quieting a near-sellout crowd of 41,374, and the Cardinals dropped into a first-place tie in the NL Central.

"I was really just kind of locked in on the catcher, I didn't really hear the crowd much," Paxton said. "I kind of noticed how many people were there after they took me out of the game.

"I said to somebody, `Wow, there's a lot of people here.'"

The Cardinals totaled 26 runs while sweeping the Pirates to regain the Central lead at the start of a nine-game homestand. They've scored three runs in two games against the Mariners and leadoff man Matt Carpenter thought the unfamiliarity has definitely been a factor.

"We've faced the Pirates 100 times and we know exactly what A.J. Burnett has, we know what Francisco Liriano has, and those kinds of guys," Carpenter said. "Then we come in here and we've got these guys, and nobody knows anything about anybody."

Now, St. Louis and Pittsburgh share the division lead once again. The Pirates topped the Cubs 2-1.

"We've got a chance to kind of control our own destiny," Carpenter said. "Hopefully at the end of this thing, we'll be happy where we are."

The Cardinals mustered only three hits, including Carpenter's league-leading 50th double in the eighth. He later scored on a wild pitch by Charlie Furbush.

Franklin Gutierrez hit a two-run double in the fifth inning that ended St. Louis rookie Michael Wacha's scoreless streak at 23 2/3 innings. Kendrys Morales hit his 22nd homer in eighth off Tyler Lyons to make it 3-0.

The St. Louis hitters have been struggling all week, and they never got going against the 24-year-old Paxton (2-0), who limited them to a pair of singles.

The first was by Wacha (3-1) in the third when Paxton came off the bag to field a tapper and then slipped and fell, losing his grip.

Paxton struck out five and walked two. He won his major league debut a week ago against Tampa Bay, allowing an earned run in six innings.

Danny Farquhar finished for his 14th save in 16 chances.

Wacha struck out five in his seventh career start, but also walked four in five innings.

Mariners pitchers were 0 for 20 with 13 strikeouts this year before Wacha walked Paxton on four pitches in the fifth to put runners on first and second with none out, setting up Gutierrez's double.

"He's trying to give me a free out, bunting the ball," Wacha said. "It's not acceptable, walking the pitcher. Anybody really. I wasn't really too excited about that."

Paxton said it was his first at-bat in more than a decade.

"I didn't really know what to do with the bat after I got walked," Paxton said. "I just kind of dropped it and then told the umpire when I was at second base I hadn't run the bases in about 11 years, gave him a little chuckle.

"It was fun to be out there and do that. It was pretty cool."

Seattle leadoff man Brad Miller was removed with a mild left hamstring strain after running out a sacrifice bunt in the fifth. Replacement Carlos Triunfel had a sacrifice fly in the ninth off Fernando Salas.

Notes

Yadier Molina, who threw out two runners attempting to steal in the same inning Friday, was the first Cardinals C to do that since manager Mike Matheny on May 1, 2001, at Florida. Matheny said he didn't remember the occasion, but added, "You don't normally get that many opportunities unless you're stinking, or else your pitcher's just giving you no chance." ... Morales has five homers in the last 10 games after going 28 games without a long ball.

 
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Players of the Game
Seattle

K. Morales
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
Seattle

J. Paxton
IP 6.0
H 2
ER 0
BB 2
K 5
 
Seattle Mariners
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Brad Miller, SS2010000 .260
   Carlos Triunfel, SS0001000 .083
Franklin Gutierrez, RF4012034 .250
   Tom Wilhelmsen, P0000000 .000
   Charlie Furbush, P0000000 .000
   a-Humberto Quintero, PH1000011 .242
   Danny Farquhar, P0000000 .000
Kyle Seager, 3B4000135 .274
Kendrys Morales, 1B4121002 .284
   Justin Smoak, 1B0000000 .244
Raul Ibanez, LF4000023 .248
   Endy Chavez, LF0000000 .271
Michael Saunders, CF4000001 .234
Mike Zunino, C3000101 .222
Dustin Ackley, 2B2210200 .256
James Paxton, P1100112 .000
   b-Abraham Almonte, PH-RF2020000 .293
Totals31474510  
a-struck out for Furbush in the 9th
b-singled for Paxton in the 7th
Batting
2B - Franklin Gutierrez (6, Wacha)
HR - Kendrys Morales (22, Lyons)
SF - Carlos Triunfel (1)
SH - Brad Miller (2), Carlos Triunfel (1)
RBI - Carlos Triunfel (2), Franklin Gutierrez 2 (20), Kendrys Morales (77)
Team LOB - 8
Seattle Mariners
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
James Paxton (W,2-0) 6200250 0.75
Tom Wilhelmsen (H,1) 0.2000100 3.93
Charlie Furbush (H,19) 1.1111100 3.12
Danny Farquhar (S,14) 1000010 4.62
WP - Charlie Furbush (3)
Pitches-Strikes - James Paxton 97-65, Tom Wilhelmsen 10-5, Charlie Furbush 23-15, Danny Farquhar 9-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - James Paxton 7-6, Charlie Furbush 1-3, Danny Farquhar 1-1
Batters Faced - James Paxton 22, Tom Wilhelmsen 3, Charlie Furbush 6, Danny Farquhar 3
St. Louis Cardinals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Matt Carpenter, 2B3110112 .317
Shane Robinson, CF4000003 .261
Matt Holliday, LF3000120 .284
Carlos Beltran, RF4000001 .303
Yadier Molina, C4000000 .312
David Freese, 3B4010010 .260
Brock Peterson, 1B2000011 .087
   a-Matt Adams, PH-1B1000110 .266
Pete Kozma, SS2000001 .218
   b-Daniel Descalso, PH-SS1000001 .236
Michael Wacha, P1010000 .188
   c-Rob Johnson, PH0000100 .171
   Tyler Lyons, P0000000 .182
   Seth Maness, P0000000 .200
   d-Tony Cruz, PH1000000 .205
   Fernando Salas, P0000000 .000
   Randy Choate, P0000000 .000
Totals3013046  
a-walked for Peterson in the 7th
b-popped out for Kozma in the 7th
c-walked for Wacha in the 5th
d-lined out for Maness in the 8th
Batting
2B - Matt Carpenter (50, Furbush)
Team LOB - 6
St. Louis Cardinals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Michael Wacha (L,3-1) 5422470 2.81
Tyler Lyons 2.2211021 5.01
Seth Maness 0.1000000 2.35
Fernando Salas 0.2111110 4.44
Randy Choate 0.1000000 2.48
WP - Fernando Salas (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Michael Wacha 93-57, Tyler Lyons 37-26, Seth Maness 1-1, Fernando Salas 14-10, Randy Choate 2-2
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Michael Wacha 4-4, Tyler Lyons 5-1, Seth Maness 1-0
Batters Faced - Michael Wacha 23, Tyler Lyons 10, Seth Maness 1, Fernando Salas 4, Randy Choate 1
Game Information
Attendance - 41374
Game Time - 2:51
Temperature - 73
Umpires - Home - Adrian Johnson, First Base - Bill Welke, Second Base - Brian O'Nora, Third Base - Jordan Baker