National League Game Summary - Miami at St. Louis|
(Saturday, July 7th)
Final Score: St. Louis 3, Miami 2
St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) - Tony Cruz's two-run triple in the fourth
inning proved to be the difference, as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Miami
Marlins, 3-2, in the middle installment of a three-game series.
Skip Schumaker had an RBI single in the fourth for the Cardinals, who bounced
back from a 3-2 loss in the opener on Friday.
Kyle Lohse (9-2) gave up two runs on three hits over seven innings to win his
third straight start. The right-hander, who struck out four, has pitched at
least seven innings in six straight starts, going 4-1 in that span.
"I'd say as far as a pitch-maker goes, he's as good as anybody right now. Not
trying to overwhelm people with stuff, as much as making pitches," Cardinals
manager Mike Matheny said.
Justin Ruggiano hit a two-run homer for the Marlins, who had a three-game
winning streak snapped.
Carlos Zambrano (4-7) allowed three runs on seven hits over five full frames
to suffer another loss. He is 0-4 over his last six outings, with the Marlins
losing each game.
"We're looking forward to having a very strong second half. We know what we
can do," Zambrano said.
The Marlins jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the second inning. Giancarlo Stanton,
who missed the previous four games with a sore right knee, led off with a
single and scored on Ruggiano's one-out homer to left.
The news was not all good for Stanton, who lasted just two innings Saturday.
Scott Cousins came on as a pinch-hitter for him in the third as the Marlins
All-Star right fielder left with right knee discomfort. It was learned after
the game that Stanton will have surgery on Sunday in Miami and will miss the
next 4-to-6 weeks.
Miami lost the lead in the fourth. Allen Craig singled and David Freese walked
to get the Cardinals going. Schumaker's RBI single to left and Cruz's two-run
triple down the right-field line made it 3-2 in favor of St. Louis. After
Lohse grounded out, Rafael Furcal hit a grounder back to the pitcher. Cruz was
thrown out at home on the play.
The Marlins had a chance to tie the game in the eighth and ninth. Mitchell
Boggs gave up a one-out double to Greg Dobbs in the eighth. Dobbs moved to
third on Jose Reyes' groundout, but Hanley Ramirez grounded out to end the
Jason Motte gave up consecutive two-out singles to Logan Morrison and Ruggiano
in the ninth, but Donovan Solano fouled out to give Motte his 20th save of the
The Cardinals have taken four of six from the Marlins this year...Zambrano
fell to 12-8 in his career against St. Louis...Lohse improved to 5-2 in nine
career meetings with the Marlins...Ruggiano extended his hitting streak to 10
games...Stanton was set to participate in both the All-Star Game and the Home
Run Derby and was viewed as one of the favorites for the latter event, given
his premier power tool. The National League has replaced him on the All-Star
Game roster with 19-year-old phenom Bryce Harper of the Washington Nationals.
Pittsburgh Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen will take Stanton's spot in
07/07 22:07:19 ET