Miles Mikolas improves to 7-1 as Cardinals beat Marlins 4-1

ST. LOUIS (AP) Miles Mikolas was prepared to change jerseys - but he was pitching too well to pull the trigger.

The Cardinals right-hander had four uniform tops waiting to replace the one he knew would be drenched in sweat as the heat index approached 100 degrees.

''I was ready,'' Mikolas said. ''But the first jersey, it was really working for me. So I stuck with it - a little superstition involved.''

Mikolas (7-1) continued his hot start in the steamy conditions on Thursday, allowing an unearned run in seven innings to lead St. Louis past the Miami Marlins 4-1. He struck out five and walked one, lowering his ERA to 2.27, as the Cardinals salvaged the series finale after a pair of losses.

Mikolas, coming off a 4-0 loss to Pittsburgh, has pitched at least six innings in 10 of 12 starts this season.

Jordan Hicks pitched around a walk and a hit in the eighth, topping 100 mph on nine of 18 pitches, and Bud Norris finished the four-hitter with a perfect ninth for his 12th save in 13 chances.

Jose Martinez hit a two-run homer in the first, giving him a team-high 35 RBIs.

Luke Voit added a pinch-hit homer leading off the seventh to push the lead to 4-1.

Trevor Richards (0-3), who grew up in Aviston, Illinois, 50 miles from St. Louis, gave up three runs on seven hits in five-plus innings.

Mikolas, who improved to 4-0 in day games, retired 14 successive batters before right fielder Dexter Fowler dropped Starlin Castro's fly ball in the sixth.

''When he's in that zone, he's pretty impressive,'' St. Louis manager Mike Matheny said. ''He was clean all the way through, putting pitches where he wanted to on both sides.''

Mikolas signed with the Cardinals as a free agent on Dec. 5, 2017, after three seasons with the Yomiuri Giants of the Japanese Central League.

He has exceeded even his own expectations.

''I had all the confidence that I could be successful at this level,'' Mikolas said. ''But it's still a bit of a surprise.''

Miami manager Don Mattingly said Mikolas controlled the game.

''He can move the ball the other way and then he elevated,'' Mattingly said. ''That breaking ball he throws, it's big.''

Justin Bour cut the lead with an opposite-field RBI double in the sixth after Fowler's error.

Marcell Ozuna hit an RBI single in the bottom of the sixth.

Richards was making his first appearance at Busch Stadium since pitching in a high school all-star game in 2011.

''I felt pretty good. I command the fastball pretty well,'' Richards said. ''There's obviously a couple I would like back. But I was very excited just to be back in St. Louis.''

The Cardinals lost the first two games of the series by a combined 18-7.

''We needed this one,'' Martinez said. ''You never want to get into a habit of losing.''

TRIBUTE TO RED

The No. 2 of Hall of Famer Red Schoendienst was displayed in the dirt behind second base. Schoendienst, who died Wednesday at age 95, spent 67 years in the Cardinals organization as a player, coach, manager and special assistant. He signed with the Cardinals as an infielder in 1945 and won a World Series as St. Louis' manager in 1967.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Marlins: Richards was recalled from New Orleans, and RHP Tyler Cloyd was optioned to the Triple-A team.

Cardinals: RHPs Greg Holland and Matt Bowman began rehab assignments with Triple-A Memphis. Holland has missed 11 games with a right hip injury. Bowman has been out 19 games with blisters on his right index and middle fingers.

UP NEXT

Marlins: LHP Caleb Smith (4-6, 4.03) will face San Diego LHP Eric Lauer (2-3, 6.82) in the first game of a three-game set on Friday in Miami. Smith leads major league rookies with 74 strikeouts.

Cardinals: RHP Luke Weaver (3-5, 4.11) will face RHP Matt Harvey (1-4, 5.79) in the first of a three-game series on Friday in Cincinnati. Weaver has not won since May 11.

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  • W: M. Mikolas (7-1)L: T. Richards (0-3)S: B. Norris (12)
  • HR: STL - J. Martinez (6), L. Voit (1)
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D. Dietrich LF30000101.284.336.450.7861.0
J. Bour 1B40310000.245.371.439.8105.0
B. Anderson RF30100112.297.373.418.7911.5
J. Riddle SS40000034.214.233.357.590-1.5
L. Brinson CF40000000.168.214.313.5260.0
Y. Rivera 3B30000000.188.304.208.5120.0
a- M. Rojas PH10000000.237.305.363.6680.0
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  • a-grounded out for Rivera in the 9th
  • b-grounded out for Meyer in the 8th
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M. Carpenter 3B-1B40100001.225.329.410.7391.0
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D. Fowler RF40100022.182.284.301.5850.0
Y. Munoz SS40100023.284.338.403.7410.0
K. Wong 2B30200101.193.289.317.6062.0
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J. Hicks P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
B. Norris P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-announced for Mikolas in the 7th
  • b-homered for G. Garcia in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Bour (6)
  • RBI - J. Bour (27)
  • 2-Out RBI - J. Bour (13)
BATTING
  • HR - J. Martinez (6), L. Voit
  • RBI - J. Martinez 2 (35), M. Ozuna (30), L. Voit (3)
BASERUNNING
  • CS - K. Wong (3)
FIELDING
  • E - D. Fowler (4)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
T. Richards (L, 0-3)5.07330415.021.502.0
B. Ziegler1.01001107.271.651.5
A. Conley0.02110012.451.36-3.0
B. Meyer1.00000000.000.003.0
T. Guerrero1.01000105.671.632.5
PITCHERSIP
T. Richards (L, 0-3)5.0
B. Ziegler1.0
A. Conley0.0
B. Meyer1.0
T. Guerrero1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Mikolas (W, 7-1)7.03101502.270.9629.5
J. Hicks (H, 6)1.01001202.321.192.0
B. Norris (S, 12)1.00000102.960.9510.5
PITCHERSIP
M. Mikolas (W, 7-1)7.0
J. Hicks (H, 6)1.0
B. Norris (S, 12)1.0
PITCHING
  • WP - T. Richards (3)
  • IBB - B. Ziegler (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - T. Richards 83-56, B. Ziegler 13-9, A. Conley 6-4, B. Meyer 11-6, T. Guerrero 20-13
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Richards 5-5, B. Ziegler 1-1, B. Meyer 1-2, T. Guerrero 2-0
  • Batters Faced - T. Richards 21, B. Ziegler 5, A. Conley 2, B. Meyer 3, T. Guerrero 4
PITCHING
  • IBB - M. Mikolas
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Mikolas 99-74, J. Hicks 17-11, B. Norris 14-11
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Mikolas 11-6, J. Hicks 1-0, B. Norris 1-1
  • Batters Faced - M. Mikolas 26, J. Hicks 5, B. Norris 3
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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S. Castro 2B41000010.292.331.404.7350.5
D. Dietrich LF30000101.284.336.450.7861.0
J. Bour 1B40310000.245.371.439.8105.0
B. Anderson RF30100112.297.373.418.7911.5
J. Riddle SS40000034.214.233.357.590-1.5
L. Brinson CF40000000.168.214.313.5260.0
Y. Rivera 3B30000000.188.304.208.5120.0
a- M. Rojas PH10000000.237.305.363.6680.0
B. Holaday C30000010.164.220.236.457-0.5
T. Richards P20000020.000.000.000.000-1.0
B. Ziegler P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
A. Conley P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
B. Meyer P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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  • a-grounded out for Rivera in the 9th
  • b-grounded out for Meyer in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Carpenter 3B-1B40100001.225.329.410.7391.0
T. Pham CF42200001.276.364.454.8194.0
J. Martinez 1B31221000.311.379.472.8518.0
J. Gyorko 3B10000001.265.333.416.7490.0
M. Ozuna LF40110001.275.323.372.6952.0
D. Fowler RF40100022.182.284.301.5850.0
Y. Munoz SS40100023.284.338.403.7410.0
K. Wong 2B30200101.193.289.317.6062.0
F. Pena C40000015.215.250.316.566-0.5
M. Mikolas P20000011.042.115.167.282-0.5
a- G. Garcia PH0000-000.254.325.388.000-
b- L. Voit PH11111000.667.7501.6672.4176.0
J. Hicks P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
B. Norris P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-announced for Mikolas in the 7th
  • b-homered for G. Garcia in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Bour (6)
  • RBI - J. Bour (27)
  • 2-Out RBI - J. Bour (13)
BATTING
  • HR - J. Martinez (6), L. Voit
  • RBI - J. Martinez 2 (35), M. Ozuna (30), L. Voit (3)
BASERUNNING
  • CS - K. Wong (3)
FIELDING
  • E - D. Fowler (4)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
T. Richards (L, 0-3)5.07330415.021.502.0
B. Ziegler1.01001107.271.651.5
A. Conley0.02110012.451.36-3.0
B. Meyer1.00000000.000.003.0
T. Guerrero1.01000105.671.632.5
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PITCHERSIP
T. Richards (L, 0-3)5.0
B. Ziegler1.0
A. Conley0.0
B. Meyer1.0
T. Guerrero1.0
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Mikolas (W, 7-1)7.03101502.270.9629.5
J. Hicks (H, 6)1.01001202.321.192.0
B. Norris (S, 12)1.00000102.960.9510.5
Total9.0410280---
PITCHERSIP
M. Mikolas (W, 7-1)7.0
J. Hicks (H, 6)1.0
B. Norris (S, 12)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • WP - T. Richards (3)
  • IBB - B. Ziegler (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - T. Richards 83-56, B. Ziegler 13-9, A. Conley 6-4, B. Meyer 11-6, T. Guerrero 20-13
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Richards 5-5, B. Ziegler 1-1, B. Meyer 1-2, T. Guerrero 2-0
  • Batters Faced - T. Richards 21, B. Ziegler 5, A. Conley 2, B. Meyer 3, T. Guerrero 4
PITCHING
  • IBB - M. Mikolas
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Mikolas 99-74, J. Hicks 17-11, B. Norris 14-11
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Mikolas 11-6, J. Hicks 1-0, B. Norris 1-1
  • Batters Faced - M. Mikolas 26, J. Hicks 5, B. Norris 3
  • 7TH INNING
    Voit homered to left center14
  • 6TH INNING
    Ozuna singled to left center, Pham scored, Martinez to second13
    Bour doubled to deep center, Castro scored12
  • 1ST INNING
    Martinez homered to left, Pham scored02
  • 9TH INNING
    • Bud Norris relieved Jordan Hicks
    • J. Riddle: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Riddle struck out swinging
    • L. Brinson: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Brinson flied out to left
    • Miguel Rojas hit for Yadiel Rivera
    • M. Rojas: Foul, Rojas grounded out to pitcher
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Jordan Hicks pitching
    • J.B. Shuck hit for Ben Meyer
    • J. Shuck: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Shuck grounded out to pitcher
    • S. Castro: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Castro struck out swinging
    • D. Dietrich: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Dietrich walked
    • J. Bour: Strike looking, Bour reached on an infield single to third, Dietrich to second
    • B. Anderson: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Anderson struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Tayron Guerrero pitching
    • D. Fowler: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Fowler struck out swinging
    • Y. Munoz: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Munoz reached on an infield single to pitcher
    • K. Wong: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Wong reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Munoz out at second
    • F. Pena: Strike swinging, Ball, Pena grounded out to second
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Jedd Gyorko at third base
    • L. Brinson: Ball, Strike looking, Brinson grounded out to first
    • Y. Rivera: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Rivera grounded out to first
    • B. Holaday: Ball, Foul, Holaday flied out to left
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Greg Garcia hit for Miles Mikolas
    • Adam Conley relieved Brad Ziegler
    • Luke Voit hit for Greg Garcia
    • L. Voit: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Voit homered to left center
    • M. Carpenter: Ball, Carpenter singled to right center
    • Ben Meyer relieved Adam Conley
    • T. Pham: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Pham lined out to center
    • J. Gyorko: Ball, Gyorko reached on fielder's choice to third, Carpenter out at second
    • M. Ozuna: Ball, Foul, Ozuna lined out to center
    • End of the 7th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • M. Mikolas Pitching:
    • T. Richards: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Richards struck out swinging
    • S. Castro: Strike looking, Ball, Castro safe at first on right fielder Fowler fielding error, Castro to second
    • D. Dietrich: Dietrich lined out to right
    • J. Bour: Strike looking, Bour doubled to deep center, Castro scored
    • B. Anderson: Anderson intentionally walked
    • J. Riddle: Strike looking, Ball, Riddle grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
    • T. Richards Pitching:
    • T. Pham: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Pham singled to center
    • J. Martinez: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Martinez singled to left center, Pham to third
    • Brad Ziegler relieved Trevor Richards
    • M. Ozuna: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ozuna singled to left center, Pham scored, Martinez to second
    • D. Fowler: Fowler grounded out to first, Martinez to third, Ozuna to second
    • Y. Munoz: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Munoz lined out to center
    • K. Wong: Wong intentionally walked
    • F. Pena: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Pena struck out swinging
    • End of the 6th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • M. Mikolas Pitching:
    • L. Brinson: Foul, Strike swinging, Brinson flied out to deep left
    • Y. Rivera: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Rivera grounded out to second
    • B. Holaday: Foul, Holaday grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • T. Richards Pitching:
    • F. Pena: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Pena grounded out to shortstop
    • M. Mikolas: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Mikolas struck out swinging
    • M. Carpenter: Foul, Carpenter popped out to shortstop
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • M. Mikolas Pitching:
    • J. Bour: Strike swinging, Ball, Bour grounded out to second
    • B. Anderson: Foul, Ball, Anderson grounded out to shortstop
    • J. Riddle: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Riddle struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • T. Richards Pitching:
    • D. Fowler: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Fowler struck out swinging
    • Y. Munoz: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Munoz struck out swinging
    • K. Wong: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Wong singled to left center
    • F. Pena: Ball, Wong caught stealing, catcher to second
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • M. Mikolas Pitching:
    • T. Richards: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Richards struck out swinging
    • S. Castro: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Castro grounded out to shortstop
    • D. Dietrich: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Dietrich flied out to center
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • T. Richards Pitching:
    • T. Pham: Pham grounded out to third
    • J. Martinez: Strike looking, Martinez flied out to deep right
    • M. Ozuna: Strike looking, Ozuna grounded out to second
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • M. Mikolas Pitching:
    • L. Brinson: Ball, Brinson grounded out to first
    • Y. Rivera: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Rivera grounded out to second
    • B. Holaday: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Holaday struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • T. Richards Pitching:
    • K. Wong: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Wong reached on an infield single to shortstop
    • F. Pena: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Wong to second on wild pitch, Foul, Foul, Foul, Pena grounded out to third
    • M. Mikolas: Strike swinging, Mikolas grounded out to shortstop, Wong to third
    • M. Carpenter: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Carpenter flied out to left
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • M. Mikolas Pitching:
    • S. Castro: Foul, Strike looking, Castro flied out to right
    • D. Dietrich: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Dietrich grounded out to second
    • J. Bour: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Bour singled to right center
    • B. Anderson: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Anderson singled to left center, Bour to second
    • J. Riddle: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Riddle struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • T. Richards Pitching:
    • M. Carpenter: Foul, Carpenter flied out to center
    • T. Pham: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Pham singled to left
    • J. Martinez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Martinez homered to left, Pham scored
    • M. Ozuna: Strike swinging, Ozuna flied out to deep center
    • D. Fowler: Ball, Foul, Ball, Fowler singled to left center
    • Y. Munoz: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, Munoz struck out on foul tip
    • End of the 1st (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)