National League Game Summary - Miami at St. Louis|
(Friday, July 6th)
Final Score: Miami 3, St. Louis 2
St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) - Ricky Nolasco allowed an unearned run over
six innings and the Marlins took advantage of some shoddy St. Louis defense to
claim a 3-2 victory in the opener of a three-game set Friday at Busch Stadium.
Nolasco (8-6) scattered nine hits and walked one while striking out four to
earn the victory. Mike Dunn and Steve Cishek combined to keep the Cardinals
scoreless after the sixth and Heath Bell worked around some trouble in the
ninth to record his 19th save of the season.
Logan Morrison crushed a solo home run and Jose Reyes added an RBI single as
the Marlins won their third straight game.
"We're feeling good about ourselves. Even in the games we've lost we've been
real close, so it's a good sign going into the break," said Nolasco. "We've
got two more and then, hopefully, it keeps carrying over."
Jake Westbrook (7-7) absorbed the loss after giving up two runs -- one earned
-- on five hits and two walks over 6 2/3 innings. The Cardinals' defense
committed three costly errors in the setback, just their second in their last
"We had them early, we just came up short," said Cardinals manager Mike
Matheny. "That was a tough loss."
St. Louis opened the scoring in the second as Allen Craig singled to deep
shortstop and moved to second as Reyes' throw to first was wild. David Freese
then ripped a grounder down the third-base line that bounced off the bag and
caromed into left, plating Craig from second to give the home team a 1-0 lead.
Freese then committed a pair of errors in the sixth as Miami tied the game.
Reyes reached first on Freese's throwing error to start the frame but was
wiped off the basepaths on Hanley Ramirez's fielder's choice.
Carlos Lee then scorched a grounder to third that Freese was unable to handle
and the ball trickled into the left-field corner, allowing Ramirez to score
from first to knot the game at 1-1.
"David's been playing great defense, there was just some tough plays at him,"
said Matheny about Freese's errors. "Every once in a while they don't happen."
The Marlins took the lead in their next at-bat as Greg Dobbs singled to start
the frame, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt and found third on John Buck's
After pinch-hitter Austin Kearns walked, Reyes was credited with a single when
he slapped a grounder to the left of the mound. Dobbs scored easily on the
play, while Reyes moved to second as Westbrook fielded the ball cleanly but
his off-balance throw to first was high.
After being hit by a pitch in his previous two at-bats, Morrison exacted some
revenge in the eighth by crushing a one-out homer into the right-field seats
to give the Marlins some breathing room with a 3-1 advantage.
St. Louis mounted a charge in the ninth off Bell as Skip Schumaker doubled,
moved to third on a groundout and scored on Rafael Furcal's infield single.
Furcal appeared to injure himself running to first and was replaced by pinch-
runner Tyler Greene, who was taken off the basepaths on Jon Jay's fielder's
Bell then hit Matt Holliday with a pitch, but got Carlos Beltran to ground out
to second to end the game.
Nolasco earned his first win in eight career starts against the
Cardinals...Miami outfielder Giancarlo Stanton came on as a pinch-hitter in
the ninth and struck out. He had missed the last three games with a sore right
knee...Holliday was named to the All-Star team on Friday to replace catcher
Yadier Molina, who was placed on the bereavement list. Catcher Bryan Anderson
was recalled from Triple-A Memphis to fill Molina's spot on the Cardinals
07/07 01:55:31 ET