Carpenter's home run in 8th send Cardinals over Marlins 3-2

MIAMI (AP) Even Matt Carpenter has been surprised by the run he has been on.

Carpenter, who has won two of the last three NL Player of the Week awards, hit his 30th home run, a tiebreaking drive in the eighth inning that lifted the St. Louis Cardinals over the Miami Marlins 3-2 on Tuesday night.

''I couldn't imagine the stretch I'm putting together,'' Carpenter said. ''I would have never guessed that. It's uncharted territory for me. But at the same time, in May, when I was struggling, I knew I was close. I knew I was going to turn it around to the extend that it has I couldn't have guessed that. But it's been fun.''

Carpenter sent a shot off Elieser Hernandez (2-6) into the Cardinals bullpen in right field homering for the fourth time in five games and increased his career high for home runs. Several St. Louis relievers celebrated with their arms in the air.

''We talked about sample size when you have a guy that's been in the league for a period of time and been in MVP conversation before, you can't be surprised,'' Cardinals interim manager Mike Shildt said. ''I'm not. We're not. Rough start, but body of work speaks for the fact that he is going to come back and do what he's doing now.''

The home run almost did not happen. Carpenter looked at a pitch thinking it was ball four, but it was called a strike setting up a 3-2 offering.

''It turned out better,'' Carpenter said. ''I just wanted to get on base and a chance to score. I thought it was up, but it worked out OK.''

Carpenter also extended his streak of reaching base safely to 26 games, tying a career high and is the longest active string in the majors.

''Obviously he's a tough guy because he kind of crowds you at the plate and he's not really a chaser so he makes you throw the ball over,'' Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. ''There's places to get him, but you've got to make pitches and even the last one is not terrible, but he gets it outer-third probably and we want to try to get the ball up right there. If he gets the ball up, he probably beats him or at least can't turn it over right there, but I think that's the challenge with him. He's a guy that knows the strike zone, you know exactly what type of hitter he is and basically what he's trying to do, but you've got to make pitches.''

Paul DeJong hit a tying, two-run homer in the seventh for the Cardinals, who have won eight of 12.

''Success breeds energy and excitement,'' Carpenter said. ''We're certainly playing well and that's exciting. We're starting to get in a little roll.''

Marcell Ozuna had a pair of hits and is 5 for 8 in his first two games at Marlins Park since being traded by Miami to St. Louis in the offseason.

Miles Mikolas (12-3) pitched seven innings, allowing two runs and five hits.

''He pitched great,'' Shildt said. ''Ahead of the count, had pitches working. Long first inning but he settled down, used his defense, keeps guys engaged which typically helps the defense.''

Dakota Hudson pitched the eighth for St. Louis and was aided by an impressive defensive play when center fielder Harrison Bader charged in and made a diving catch to take a hit away from Martin Prado. Bud Norris worked around a walk and a wild pitch in the ninth for his 22nd save in 25 chances.

Pablo Lopez pitched seven innings and issued a walk before DeJong's homer.

''I think I let the game speed up on me a little bit,'' Lopez said. ''It was late in the game and my pitch count was high so I didn't have my best execution.''

Derek Dietrich had three hits for the Marlins, who have lost seven of eight.

Justin Bour hit an RBI single in the Miami first after Dietrich led off with a hit. JT Riddle tripled to begin the fifth and scored on a single by Miguel Rojas.

QUICK GAME

Mikolas wanted to make it a point to work quick in the two-hour, 34-minute contest because of his 1-year old daughter.

''It was my daughter's first baseball game so I knew her bed time is early so I wanted to made sure she caught as much of the game as possible before she had to go to bed,'' Mikolas said.

BARRACLOUGH NO LONGER THE CLOSER

After being removed in the ninth of Monday's win, Mattingly announced before the game that struggling reliever Kyle Barraclough will no longer be the team's closer. Barraclough has blown his last three save opportunities and has a 23.14 ERA in his previous six outings.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Cardinals: RHP Adam Wainwright (elbow) threw a bullpen session of about 40 pitches. ''Positive, I got just initial feedback that his bullpen went well today,'' interim manager Mike Shildt said. ''He's going up to the complex in Jupiter and getting some more work and see where it goes, but he's very optimistic and is taking steps in the right direction.''

UP NEXT

Cardinals: RHP John Gant (3-4, 4.12 ERA) is slated to start Wednesday's series finale and will be looking to bounce back after allowing six runs in four innings at Pittsburgh in his last start.

Marlins: RHP Trevor Richards (3-6, 3.92) is 1-1 with a 0.76 ERA in his last four starts.

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  • W: M. Mikolas (12-3)L: E. Hernandez (2-6)S: B. Norris (22)
  • HR: STL - M. Carpenter (30), P. DeJong (10)
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Y. Molina C40000011.282.326.458.784-0.5
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P. DeJong SS41221012.244.324.421.7458.5
K. Wong 2B40100002.224.307.363.6701.0
H. Bader CF40000003.270.335.398.7330.0
M. Mikolas P20100011.122.163.195.3580.5
a- Y. Munoz PH-RF10000010.287.353.431.783-0.5
  • a-struck out for Mikolas in the 8th
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B. Anderson RF40000002.285.365.416.7810.0
J. Realmuto C40000001.294.343.507.8510.0
J. Bour 1B30110100.229.348.415.7633.0
Y. Rivera PR00000000.196.303.241.5440.0
S. Castro 2B40000012.287.333.404.737-0.5
J. Riddle SS41100011.223.250.368.6183.5
M. Rojas 3B30110000.255.306.352.6582.0
M. Sierra CF30000001.214.214.262.4760.0
P. Lopez P10000000.182.250.182.4320.0
E. Hernandez P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- M. Prado PH10000000.229.266.291.5560.0
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  • a-flied out for Hernandez in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - P. DeJong (13)
  • HR - M. Carpenter (30), P. DeJong (10)
  • RBI - M. Carpenter (62), P. DeJong 2 (29)
BATTING
  • 3B - J. Riddle (4)
  • SH - P. Lopez
  • RBI - J. Bour (54), M. Rojas (41)
  • 2-Out RBI - J. Bour (20)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Mikolas-DeJong-Carpenter)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Mikolas (W, 12-3)7.05220102.741.0724.5
D. Hudson (H, 2)1.01000000.000.432.0
B. Norris (S, 22)1.00001102.871.029.5
PITCHERSIP
M. Mikolas (W, 12-3)7.0
D. Hudson (H, 2)1.0
B. Norris (S, 22)1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
P. Lopez7.04221514.321.1319.5
E. Hernandez (L, 2-6)1.01110215.801.55-3.0
J. Guerra1.02000105.521.641.5
PITCHERSIP
P. Lopez7.0
E. Hernandez (L, 2-6)1.0
J. Guerra1.0
PITCHING
  • WP - B. Norris (5)
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Mikolas 81-59, D. Hudson 8-7, B. Norris 16-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Mikolas 14-5, D. Hudson 2-1, B. Norris 2-0
  • Batters Faced - M. Mikolas 25, D. Hudson 4, B. Norris 4
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - P. Lopez 108-65, E. Hernandez 24-15, J. Guerra 19-15
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - P. Lopez 9-7, J. Guerra 1-1
  • Batters Faced - P. Lopez 26, E. Hernandez 4, J. Guerra 5
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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Y. Molina C40000011.282.326.458.784-0.5
J. Martinez RF40000010.292.356.454.810-0.5
D. Hudson P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
B. Norris P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
M. Ozuna LF40200000.271.315.392.7072.0
J. Gyorko 3B31000112.249.329.403.7321.5
P. DeJong SS41221012.244.324.421.7458.5
K. Wong 2B40100002.224.307.363.6701.0
H. Bader CF40000003.270.335.398.7330.0
M. Mikolas P20100011.122.163.195.3580.5
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  • a-struck out for Mikolas in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
D. Dietrich LF41300001.285.349.454.8034.0
I. Galloway PR-LF00000000.286.286.286.5710.0
B. Anderson RF40000002.285.365.416.7810.0
J. Realmuto C40000001.294.343.507.8510.0
J. Bour 1B30110100.229.348.415.7633.0
Y. Rivera PR00000000.196.303.241.5440.0
S. Castro 2B40000012.287.333.404.737-0.5
J. Riddle SS41100011.223.250.368.6183.5
M. Rojas 3B30110000.255.306.352.6582.0
M. Sierra CF30000001.214.214.262.4760.0
P. Lopez P10000000.182.250.182.4320.0
E. Hernandez P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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  • a-flied out for Hernandez in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - P. DeJong (13)
  • HR - M. Carpenter (30), P. DeJong (10)
  • RBI - M. Carpenter (62), P. DeJong 2 (29)
BATTING
  • 3B - J. Riddle (4)
  • SH - P. Lopez
  • RBI - J. Bour (54), M. Rojas (41)
  • 2-Out RBI - J. Bour (20)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Mikolas-DeJong-Carpenter)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Mikolas (W, 12-3)7.05220102.741.0724.5
D. Hudson (H, 2)1.01000000.000.432.0
B. Norris (S, 22)1.00001102.871.029.5
Total9.0622120---
PITCHERSIP
M. Mikolas (W, 12-3)7.0
D. Hudson (H, 2)1.0
B. Norris (S, 22)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
P. Lopez7.04221514.321.1319.5
E. Hernandez (L, 2-6)1.01110215.801.55-3.0
J. Guerra1.02000105.521.641.5
Total9.0733182---
PITCHERSIP
P. Lopez7.0
E. Hernandez (L, 2-6)1.0
J. Guerra1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • WP - B. Norris (5)
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Mikolas 81-59, D. Hudson 8-7, B. Norris 16-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Mikolas 14-5, D. Hudson 2-1, B. Norris 2-0
  • Batters Faced - M. Mikolas 25, D. Hudson 4, B. Norris 4
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - P. Lopez 108-65, E. Hernandez 24-15, J. Guerra 19-15
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - P. Lopez 9-7, J. Guerra 1-1
  • Batters Faced - P. Lopez 26, E. Hernandez 4, J. Guerra 5
  • 8TH INNING
    Carpenter homered to right center32
  • 7TH INNING
    DeJong homered to left, Gyorko scored22
  • 5TH INNING
    Rojas singled to left, Riddle scored02
  • 1ST INNING
    Bour singled to shallow center, Dietrich scored01
  • 9TH INNING
    • Javy Guerra pitching
    • M. Ozuna: Strike looking, Ball, Ozuna singled to left
    • J. Gyorko: Strike looking, Strike looking, Gyorko flied out to right
    • P. DeJong: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, DeJong struck out swinging
    • K. Wong: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Wong singled to left, Ozuna to second
    • H. Bader: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Bader grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Bud Norris relieved Dakota Hudson
    • J. Realmuto: Strike looking, Realmuto grounded out to shortstop
    • J. Bour: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Bour walked
    • Yadiel Rivera ran for Justin Bour
    • S. Castro: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Rivera to second on wild pitch, Castro grounded out to third
    • J. Riddle: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Riddle struck out swinging
    • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Yairo Munoz hit for Miles Mikolas
    • Elieser Hernandez relieved Pablo Lopez
    • Y. Munoz: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Munoz struck out swinging
    • M. Carpenter: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Carpenter homered to right center
    • Y. Molina: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Molina struck out swinging
    • J. Martinez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Martinez flied out to right
    • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Dakota Hudson pitching
    • M. Sierra: Strike swinging, Sierra grounded bunt out to catcher
    • Martin Prado hit for Elieser Hernandez
    • M. Prado: Strike looking, Prado flied out to center
    • D. Dietrich: Ball, Foul, Dietrich singled to center
    • Isaac Galloway ran for Derek Dietrich
    • B. Anderson: Pickoff attempt, Anderson grounded out to third
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • P. Lopez Pitching:
    • M. Ozuna: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ozuna flied out to left
    • J. Gyorko: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Gyorko walked
    • P. DeJong: Strike looking, DeJong homered to left, Gyorko scored
    • K. Wong: Ball, Strike looking, Wong grounded out to second
    • H. Bader: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Bader lined out to left
    • Middle of the 7th (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • M. Mikolas Pitching:
    • S. Castro: Ball, Castro lined out to right
    • J. Riddle: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Riddle grounded out to shortstop
    • M. Rojas: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Rojas popped out to shortstop
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • P. Lopez Pitching:
    • M. Carpenter: Ball, Ball, Carpenter grounded out to second
    • Y. Molina: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Molina grounded out to third
    • J. Martinez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Martinez grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Mikolas Pitching:
    • B. Anderson: Strike looking, Ball, Anderson grounded out to first
    • J. Realmuto: Strike looking, Ball, Realmuto grounded out to shortstop
    • J. Bour: Ball, Bour grounded out to second
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • P. Lopez Pitching:
    • P. DeJong: Ball, Ball, DeJong doubled to deep left
    • K. Wong: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Wong grounded out to shortstop, DeJong to third
    • H. Bader: Strike swinging, Bader popped out to shortstop
    • M. Mikolas: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Mikolas struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • M. Mikolas Pitching:
    • J. Riddle: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Riddle tripled to deep right
    • M. Rojas: Rojas singled to left, Riddle scored
    • M. Sierra: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Sierra reached on fielder's choice to second, Rojas out at second
    • P. Lopez: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Lopez hit sacrifice bunt to pitcher, Sierra to second
    • D. Dietrich: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Dietrich popped out to first
    • End of the 5th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • P. Lopez Pitching:
    • J. Martinez: Ball, Ball, Martinez grounded out to third
    • M. Ozuna: Strike looking, Foul, Ozuna grounded out to second
    • J. Gyorko: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Gyorko struck out looking
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Mikolas Pitching:
    • J. Realmuto: Realmuto grounded out to third
    • J. Bour: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Bour grounded out to shortstop
    • S. Castro: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Castro struck out swinging
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • P. Lopez Pitching:
    • H. Bader: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Bader fouled out to third
    • M. Mikolas: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Mikolas singled to left
    • M. Carpenter: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Carpenter struck out looking
    • Y. Molina: Foul, Ball, Molina flied out to deep center
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • M. Mikolas Pitching:
    • P. Lopez: Ball, Lopez grounded out to second
    • D. Dietrich: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Dietrich singled to center
    • B. Anderson: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Anderson grounded into double play pitcher to shortstop to first, Dietrich out at second
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • P. Lopez Pitching:
    • M. Ozuna: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ozuna singled to right
    • J. Gyorko: Ball, Gyorko flied out to right
    • P. DeJong: Ball, DeJong lined out to right
    • K. Wong: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Wong grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • M. Mikolas Pitching:
    • J. Riddle: Foul, Riddle grounded out to pitcher
    • M. Rojas: Rojas grounded out to shortstop
    • M. Sierra: Strike swinging, Sierra grounded out to third
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • P. Lopez Pitching:
    • M. Carpenter: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Carpenter struck out swinging
    • Y. Molina: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Molina grounded out to third
    • J. Martinez: Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Martinez struck out looking
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Mikolas Pitching:
    • D. Dietrich: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Dietrich singled to shallow right center
    • B. Anderson: Strike looking, Anderson grounded out to pitcher, Dietrich to second
    • J. Realmuto: Strike looking, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Ball, Realmuto flied out to shallow right
    • J. Bour: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Bour singled to shallow center, Dietrich scored
    • S. Castro: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Castro flied out to center
    • End of the 1st (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)