Wacha pitches 6 shutout innings as Cardinals beat Miami 4-1

MIAMI (AP) Michael Wacha was so excited to make his first start in nearly three weeks that he set the alarm in his hotel room for 4 o'clock.

That's 4 p.m.

The well-rested Wacha pitched six scoreless innings in his return to the St. Louis Cardinals' rotation Monday, and they broke a three-game losing streak by beating Miami 4-1.

Wacha (4-2), who was briefly demoted to the bullpen, benefited from three double plays and a pickoff in his first start since May 22. The former All-Star allowed five hits, struck out four and lowered his ERA to 5.63.

''He kind of re-established himself,'' manager Mike Shildt said. ''He was tremendous. He's a legitimate rotation guy, and when right, he can be a top-of-the-line guy. He has proven that. He proved it tonight.''

Wacha and his teammates arrived in Miami shortly before sunrise after losing at Wrigley Field on Sunday night, when the Cubs completed a series sweep.

''I probably didn't go to sleep until about 5,'' Wacha said. ''I woke up at 2, had a little food and went back to sleep until 4. Not the normal schedule, but you've got to make it work sometimes.''

Wacha said if he hadn't set an alarm, he would have slept some more.

There was no wakeup call for the Cardinals offense. They totaled only four hits but scored three unearned runs in the sixth, when catcher Jorge Alfaro made a wild throw on a sacrifice bunt.

''I'm mad at myself,'' Alfaro said. ''I just threw it away.''

Alfaro was also picked off second , and his error provided the cushion the Cardinals needed. John Gant followed Wacha and allowed one run in two innings. Jordan Hicks worked around a leadoff single in the ninth and struck out two for his 13th save.

The Marlins, saddled with the National League's worst record, have scored nine runs while losing five games in a row. Manager Don Mattingly was unhappy with his team's approach against Wacha.

''Really disappointing with the energy,'' Mattingly said. ''We got away from our game plan. We wanted to get the ball up on this guy. We chased down, and we chased in.''

Wacha walked two, threw only 75 pitches and earned another start Saturday at the New York Mets. He downplayed his desire to reclaim a spot in the rotation.

''I just pitch whenever they tell me to,'' he said.

Sandy Alcantara (3-6), facing his former team for the first time, struggled through five-plus innings and allowed four runs, but only one was earned.

''I was excited to face my old teammates,'' Alcantara said. ''I tried to do my job, but today was not my day.''

After the Cardinals' first two batters reached in the sixth, Kolten Wong laid down a bunt, and both runners scored when Alfaro threw the ball down the right field line. Wong, batting fifth, said he might have surprised the Marlins by not swinging away.

''Wins are hard to come by right now for us,'' Wong said. ''I'm trying to do whatever I can to put guys in scoring position. Things haven't been going our way, so you do whatever you can.''

Harrison Bader followed with a sacrifice fly.

The Cardinals scored the first run in the fourth on doubles by Marcell Ozuna and Yairo Munoz.

TAKE A BREAK

Cardinals SS Paul DeJong was given the night off. It was the first game he has missed.

FIRST-HAND LOOK

Derek Jeter watched JJ Bleday have a big night at the Southeastern Conference tournament, which may be one reason the Marlins took the Vanderbilt outfielder with the fourth pick in the draft last week.

''I only saw one game, and he was 5 for 5,'' said Jeter, the Marlins' CEO. ''I told him everything is downhill from this point forward.''

UP NEXT

Cardinals: RHP Dakota Hudson (4-3, 3.94) is scheduled to start Tuesday. He has an ERA of 2.19 over his past four outings, and the Cardinals have won each game.

Marlins: RHP Elieser Hernandez (0-0, 9.00) will be recalled from Triple-A New Orleans to make his first start of the season as a replacement for LHP Caleb Smith (left hip inflammation). It'll be the first time one of the Marlins' five starters to begin the season has missed a turn.

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  • W: M. Wacha (4-2)L: S. Alcantara (3-6)S: J. Hicks (13)
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K. Wong 2B31000022.232.322.372.6940.0
Y. Munoz SS40110012.288.302.346.6482.5
H. Bader CF10010200.231.346.425.7713.0
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  • a-flied out for Wacha in the 7th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
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G. Cooper 1B40100001.280.371.440.8111.0
B. Anderson 3B30100111.242.326.379.7051.5
S. Castro 2B40000013.229.262.308.570-0.5
H. Ramirez RF-CF41300011.330.363.433.7964.5
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M. Rojas SS20000101.267.329.319.6481.0
S. Alcantara P10000011.200.238.250.488-0.5
C. Granderson RF20000010.187.279.355.634-0.5
  • a-grounded out for Brice in the 7th
  • b-struck out for Chen in the 9th
BATTING
  • 2B - M. Ozuna (13), Y. Munoz (3)
  • SF - H. Bader
  • SH - K. Wong
  • RBI - Y. Munoz (2), H. Bader (16)
  • 2-Out RBI - Y. Munoz
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Wieters 4 (4)
BATTING
  • 2B - H. Ramirez (7)
  • RBI - J. Alfaro (26)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Dean, S. Castro 2 (2), M. Prado, M. Rojas
BASERUNNING
  • Picked Off - J. Alfaro
FIELDING
  • DP - 3 (Carpenter-Wong-Goldschmidt; Wong-Munoz-Goldschmidt; Munoz-Goldschmidt)
  • E - M. Carpenter (6)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Rojas-Castro-Cooper)
  • E - J. Alfaro (4)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Wacha (W, 4-2)6.05002405.631.7123.0
J. Gant2.01110001.800.744.0
J. Hicks (S, 13)1.01000203.631.1610.0
PITCHERSIP
M. Wacha (W, 4-2)6.0
J. Gant2.0
J. Hicks (S, 13)1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
S. Alcantara (L, 3-6)5.04414603.671.374.0
A. Brice2.00000002.451.326.0
W. Chen2.00000207.271.547.0
PITCHERSIP
S. Alcantara (L, 3-6)5.0
A. Brice2.0
W. Chen2.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Wacha 75-45, J. Gant 27-17, J. Hicks 15-11
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Wacha 10-1, J. Gant 4-2, J. Hicks 1-0
  • Batters Faced - M. Wacha 22, J. Gant 7, J. Hicks 4
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - S. Alcantara 96-61, A. Brice 29-16, W. Chen 26-20
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Alcantara 8-1, A. Brice 2-4, W. Chen 3-1
  • Batters Faced - S. Alcantara 23, A. Brice 6, W. Chen 6
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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J. Martinez RF40000021.284.344.385.729-1.0
J. Gant P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
J. Hicks P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
P. Goldschmidt 1B41100010.272.359.440.7991.5
M. Ozuna LF32200100.264.336.536.8726.0
K. Wong 2B31000022.232.322.372.6940.0
Y. Munoz SS40110012.288.302.346.6482.5
H. Bader CF10010200.231.346.425.7713.0
M. Wieters C40000014.224.246.414.660-0.5
M. Wacha P20000010.118.118.176.294-0.5
a- D. Fowler PH-RF10000000.241.361.376.7380.0
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  • a-flied out for Wacha in the 7th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
A. Dean LF40000001.206.214.368.5820.0
G. Cooper 1B40100001.280.371.440.8111.0
B. Anderson 3B30100111.242.326.379.7051.5
S. Castro 2B40000013.229.262.308.570-0.5
H. Ramirez RF-CF41300011.330.363.433.7964.5
J. Riddle CF20000002.167.224.315.5390.0
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J. Alfaro C30210000.275.325.455.7803.0
M. Rojas SS20000101.267.329.319.6481.0
S. Alcantara P10000011.200.238.250.488-0.5
C. Granderson RF20000010.187.279.355.634-0.5
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  • a-grounded out for Brice in the 7th
  • b-struck out for Chen in the 9th
BATTING
  • 2B - M. Ozuna (13), Y. Munoz (3)
  • SF - H. Bader
  • SH - K. Wong
  • RBI - Y. Munoz (2), H. Bader (16)
  • 2-Out RBI - Y. Munoz
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Wieters 4 (4)
BATTING
  • 2B - H. Ramirez (7)
  • RBI - J. Alfaro (26)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Dean, S. Castro 2 (2), M. Prado, M. Rojas
BASERUNNING
  • Picked Off - J. Alfaro
FIELDING
  • DP - 3 (Carpenter-Wong-Goldschmidt; Wong-Munoz-Goldschmidt; Munoz-Goldschmidt)
  • E - M. Carpenter (6)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Rojas-Castro-Cooper)
  • E - J. Alfaro (4)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Wacha (W, 4-2)6.05002405.631.7123.0
J. Gant2.01110001.800.744.0
J. Hicks (S, 13)1.01000203.631.1610.0
Total9.0711260---
PITCHERSIP
M. Wacha (W, 4-2)6.0
J. Gant2.0
J. Hicks (S, 13)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
S. Alcantara (L, 3-6)5.04414603.671.374.0
A. Brice2.00000002.451.326.0
W. Chen2.00000207.271.547.0
Total9.0441480---
PITCHERSIP
S. Alcantara (L, 3-6)5.0
A. Brice2.0
W. Chen2.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Wacha 75-45, J. Gant 27-17, J. Hicks 15-11
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Wacha 10-1, J. Gant 4-2, J. Hicks 1-0
  • Batters Faced - M. Wacha 22, J. Gant 7, J. Hicks 4
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - S. Alcantara 96-61, A. Brice 29-16, W. Chen 26-20
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Alcantara 8-1, A. Brice 2-4, W. Chen 3-1
  • Batters Faced - S. Alcantara 23, A. Brice 6, W. Chen 6
  • 7TH INNING
    Alfaro grounded out to second, Ramirez scored41
  • 6TH INNING
    Bader hit sacrifice fly to center, Wong scored40
    Wong hit sacrifice bunt to pitcher, Goldschmidt and Ozuna scored on catcher Alfaro throwing error30
  • 4TH INNING
    Munoz doubled to left, Ozuna scored10
  • 9TH INNING
    • W. Chen Pitching:
    • Y. Munoz: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Munoz grounded out to pitcher
    • H. Bader: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Bader flied out to center
    • M. Wieters: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Strike looking, Wieters struck out looking
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Jordan Hicks relieved John Gant
    • Br. Anderson: Anderson singled to right
    • St. Castro: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Castro reached on fielder's choice to third, Anderson out at second
    • H. Ramirez: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ramirez struck out swinging
    • Martin Prado hit for Wei-Yin Chen
    • M. Prado: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Castro to second, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Prado struck out swinging
    • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Wei-Yin Chen pitching
    • P. Goldschmidt: Strike looking, Goldschmidt grounded out to shortstop
    • M. Ozuna: Strike looking, Ozuna grounded out to third
    • K. Wong: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Wong struck out looking
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Gant Pitching:
    • C. Granderson: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Granderson flied out to center
    • A. Dean: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Dean flied out to right
    • G. Cooper: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Cooper grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Dexter Fowler hit for Michael Wacha
    • D. Fowler: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Fowler flied out to deep center
    • M. Carpenter: Ball, Strike looking, Carpenter grounded out to first
    • Jo. Martinez: Strike looking, Martinez lined out to right
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • John Gant pitching
    • H. Ramirez: Ball, Ramirez doubled to deep right center
    • Rosell Herrera hit for Austin Brice
    • R. Herrera: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Herrera grounded out to first, Ramirez to third
    • J. Alfaro: Foul, Strike (foul tip), Alfaro grounded out to second, Ramirez scored
    • M. Rojas: Ball, Strike swinging, Rojas grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 7th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • S. Alcantara Pitching:
    • P. Goldschmidt: Ball, Strike looking, Goldschmidt singled to center
    • M. Ozuna: Strike (foul tip), Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ozuna walked, Goldschmidt to second
    • K. Wong: Wong hit sacrifice bunt to pitcher, Goldschmidt and Ozuna scored on catcher Alfaro throwing error
    • Austin Brice pitching
    • Curtis Granderson in right field
    • Y. Munoz: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Munoz grounded out to third
    • H. Bader: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Bader hit sacrifice fly to center, Wong scored
    • M. Wieters: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Wieters lined out to center
    • Middle of the 6th (3 Runs, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
    • M. Wacha Pitching:
    • C. Granderson: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Granderson struck out swinging
    • A. Dean: Dean safe at first on 3rd baseman Carpenter throwing error
    • G. Cooper: Strike looking, Cooper grounded out to second, Dean to second
    • Br. Anderson: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Anderson walked
    • St. Castro: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Castro struck out swinging
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
  • 5TH INNING
    • S. Alcantara Pitching:
    • M. Wacha: Ball, Strike looking, Wacha grounded out to third
    • M. Carpenter: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Carpenter lined out to right
    • Jo. Martinez: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Martinez struck out looking
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Wacha Pitching:
    • H. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ramirez reached on an infield single to third
    • J. Riddle: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Riddle grounded into double play shortstop to first, Ramirez out at second
    • J. Alfaro: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Alfaro singled to right
    • M. Rojas: Rojas reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Alfaro out at second
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • S. Alcantara Pitching:
    • P. Goldschmidt: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Goldschmidt grounded out to third
    • M. Ozuna: Ozuna doubled to left
    • K. Wong: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Wong struck out swinging
    • Y. Munoz: Ball, Munoz doubled to left, Ozuna scored
    • H. Bader: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Bader walked
    • M. Wieters: Ball, Wieters grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Wacha Pitching:
    • G. Cooper: Cooper grounded out to shortstop
    • Br. Anderson: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Anderson struck out swinging
    • St. Castro: Ball, Castro grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • S. Alcantara Pitching:
    • M. Wacha: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Wacha struck out looking
    • M. Carpenter: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Carpenter grounded out to third
    • Jo. Martinez: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Martinez struck out looking
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Wacha Pitching:
    • J. Alfaro: Alfaro singled to left
    • M. Rojas: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Rojas walked, Alfaro to second
    • S. Alcantara: Foul, Alfaro out at second, Pickoff attempt to second, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Alcantara struck out bunting foul
    • A. Dean: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Dean reached on fielder's choice to third, Rojas out at second
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • S. Alcantara Pitching:
    • M. Ozuna: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ozuna singled to left
    • K. Wong: Wong reached on fielder's choice to second, Ozuna out at second
    • Y. Munoz: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Munoz struck out swinging
    • H. Bader: Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Bader walked, Wong to second
    • M. Wieters: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Wieters grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • M. Wacha Pitching:
    • St. Castro: Ball, Foul, Ball, Castro grounded out to pitcher
    • H. Ramirez: Ball, Ramirez singled to shallow left center
    • J. Riddle: Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Riddle grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Ramirez out at second
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • S. Alcantara Pitching:
    • M. Carpenter: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Carpenter walked
    • Jo. Martinez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Martinez grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Carpenter out at second
    • P. Goldschmidt: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Goldschmidt struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Wacha Pitching:
    • A. Dean: Ball, Ball, Foul, Dean lined out to right
    • G. Cooper: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Cooper singled to center
    • Br. Anderson: Anderson grounded into double play third to second to first, Cooper out at second
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)