National League Game Summary - St. Louis at Miami|
(Friday, June 14th)
Final Score: Miami 5, St. Louis 4
Miami, FL (Sports Network) - Jose Fernandez struck out a career-high 10
batters and Giancarlo Stanton went 3-for-4 with two doubles and two RBI as the
Miami Marlins held on for a 5-4 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals in the
opener of a three-game set.
Fernandez (4-3) allowed three runs -- two earned -- on six hits and became the
youngest pitcher with 10 strikeouts under the age of 21 since Seattle's Felix
Hernandez accomplished the feat in 2007. The right-hander also drove in a run,
while remaining unbeaten at home this season, improving to 2-0 over six
Greg Dobbs and Jeff Mathis each drove in one run apiece for the Marlins, who
have won four of six.
"My location was off in the first inning," Fernandez said. "Their lineup is
pretty tough. I got lucky with that base hit, just trying to hit something out
St. Louis starter Jake Westbrook, who returned to the Cardinals' rotation
after spending a month on the disabled list with right elbow inflammation,
took the loss, allowing five runs -- three earned -- on eight hits over five
Westbrook (2-2) had a 1.62 ERA through six starts prior to the injury, the
best mark in the team's rotation and one of the best in the majors. Allen
Craig, Jon Jay, Yadier Molina and David Freese drove in one run each in the
setback, the second in three games for the Cards.
"I threw some good pitches and got some ground balls out there tonight," said
Westbrook. "If I keep putting balls on the ground I'll be doing good more
often than not and just let my guys play defense."
The Marlins broke a 2-2 tie in the fourth and fifth inning, thanks to two
doubles off of Westbrook which eventually forced the righty out of the game.
In the fourth, Dobbs smacked a one-out RBI double to give the hosts a one-run
advantage and in the fifth, Juan Pierre opened the action with a double. After
Westbrook plunked Ed Lucas, Stanton scored both runners with a two-bagger to
increase the lead to 5-2.
The Cardinals fought back in the late innings and cut the deficit to 5-4 on
Jay's two-out, RBI double in the sixth and Freese's one-run double in the
eighth. Miami, though, held off any attempts for a comeback as Steve Cishek
retired the side in the ninth to secure his eighth save of the season.
St. Louis smacked around Fernandez in the first inning, plating two runs off
of back-to-back RBI singles.
Matt Holliday reach first on Lucas' fielding error at third to put runners
on first and second with one out. Craig scored Holliday with a hit to left,
and Molina added the other run with a single to right to make it 2-0.
Miami struck for two runs in the second in similar fashion, as Derek Dietrich
opened up the frame by reaching first on Carpenter's fielding error and Adeiny
Hechavarria followed with a single. After Dobbs' groundout to the right side
moved runners to second and third, Mathis smacked a chopper to second to make
it 2-1. Fernandez helped his own cause with a single up the middle to tie
Westbrook's last outing came on May 8 ... The Cardinals also optioned pitcher
Michael Wacha to Triple-A Memphis ... The Cardinals fell to 24-12 on the road
this season ... Pierre extended his season-best hitting streak to 10 games ...
Fernandez tossed a career-high 107 pitches.
06/15 00:28:29 ET