Buzzing on Yahoo Sports:
66-83
2 - 12
87-62

Molina's HR, 4 hits lead Cardinals past Mariners

AP - Sports
Molina's HR, 4 hits lead Cardinals past Mariners
.

View gallery

St. Louis Cardinals' Yadier Molina celebrates as he reaches home after hitting a solo home run during …

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Yadier Molina never got down during his recent rut. So the All-Star catcher wasn't about to celebrate after breaking out of the skid on Sunday.

Molina had a home run and three singles as Shelby Miller and the St. Louis Cardinals remained tied for first place in the NL Central with a 12-2 win over the Seattle Mariners.

Molina's second-inning homer off Erasmo Ramirez (5-2) snapped an 0-for-15 skid.

''It's not about one guy, it's about the team,'' Molina said. ''I came out aggressive. But right now, it's just about getting wins.''

Molina scored three times and raised his batting average to .317.

''Yadi's had a special offensive year,'' manager Mike Matheny said. ''He's been so good. I just want him to keep going and finish the season the way he started.''

Matt Adams also homered as St. Louis finished up a 7-2 homestand and kept pace with Pittsburgh. Both teams are 87-62 with 13 games remaining.

Miller (14-9) gave up one earned run and three hits in five innings. He became the first St. Louis rookie to reach 14 wins in a season since Dick Hughes won 16 in 1967.

St. Louis got 19 hits after totaling just three runs on seven hits over the first two games of the series.

Matt Carpenter keyed the fourth-inning burst with a two-run bases-loaded single. Daniel Descalso and Matt Holliday also had RBI hits in the inning.

''The offense really showed up today,'' Carpenter said. ''We were able to score some runs. That's just the way it goes some times. There's no rhyme or reason for why that happens, it's just baseball.''

The Cardinals' hit total was their second-highest total this season. The Cardinals had 21 hits in a 10-6 win against the Chicago Cubs on July 14.

''We took a lot of those grinding at-bats that we keep talking about,'' Matheny said. ''They went deep in counts, they stayed within the zone and fouled off some tough ones. We've got everybody feeling right and contributing.''

The Cardinals batted around in the fourth and fifth, scoring four runs in each inning to hand Seattle its sixth loss in seven games.

Holliday and Carpenter finished with three hits and two RBIs two apiece.

Adams pushed the lead to 7-2 with his 14th homer to highlight the fifth.

Miller did not allow a hit in the first three innings and managed to battle through the fourth and fifth despite not having what he called his best stuff.

''Today I didn't do the best job of attacking hitters,'' Miller said. ''I was losing the strike zone, but I just kept battling through it.''

Seattle manager Eric Wedge was not surprised to see the Cardinals' hitters break loose after struggling in back-to-back games.

''They really put it together today,'' Wedge said. ''You look at their top five guys, they all have quite a bit to offer.''

Ramirez had pitched into the sixth inning in each of his last six starts, but was unable to hold off the Cardinals.

''I just kind of fell apart in that one inning,'' he said. ''I got a little behind the count and I threw my fastball too much.''

NOTES: The Cardinals open a seven-game road trip on Monday at Colorado. Lance Lynn (13-10, 4.23) will face Jorge De La Rosa (16-6, 3.49) in the first of a four-game set. ... Seattle continues its 10-game road trip with four games in Detroit. Joe Saunders (11-14, 5.18) takes on Rick Porcello (12-8, 4.56) in the opener. ... St. Louis INF Brock Peterson grounded out in the fifth inning to extend his skid to 0 for 14. ... St. Louis C Audry Perez made his debut in the eighth inning.

Sign up for Yahoo Fantasy Football
View Comments (23)

Recommended for You

  • 29-Year-Old Golf Phenom Who Disappeared From The PGA Tour Will Get $10 Million If He Quits Forever

    Anthony Kim hasn't played since 2012. Anthony Kim, the ex-golf phenom who has become golf's greatest mystery since vanishing from the PGA Tour in 2012, is mulling an impossible decision. According to a new article by Sports Illustrated's Alan Shipnuck, Kim has an insurance policy that covers him in…

    Business Insider
  • Mayweather: "When May comes around I'll have a totally new team."

    Mayweather: "When May comes around I'll have a totally new team." It appears Mayweather will be shaking up his team and parting ways with longtime friend and CEO of Mayweather Promotions, Leonard Ellerbe. Perhaps you noticed a familiar face was missing from Floyd Mayweather's corner during his…

    SB Nation
  • Carlos Beltran leaves Yankees following death of unborn child

    Sadly, we learned on Wednesday they are going through that pain and anguish again, as Beltran announced that they had lost their unborn son. Carlos Beltran, away from the team for personal reasons, just posted on his facebook page that he has lost his son. When Beltran left the team on Tuesday,…

    Big League Stew
  • Rumor Roundup (Sept. 18, 2014): Steve Austin WWE update, Sting at WrestleMania 31, Dean Ambrose return, more!

    Speculating on the rumors surrounding pro wrestling is a favored pastime of many fans, perhaps second only to actually watching the matches. In this daily column, we take a look at the latest rumors being churned out by the pro wrestling rumor mill. None of this has been confirmed as legitimate…

    SB Nation
  • Remember When Michael Sam Was Supposed To Be A Distraction For The Dallas Cowboys?

    The great distraction that was supposed to come to Dallas with Michael Sam has all but vanished as the NFL is swamped with bad news. As any long time reader here at BTB knows, I am loathe to point out when the esteemed members of the media who cover and comment on the Dallas Cowboys are totally,…

    SB Nation
    Sun, Sep 21
    10:00 AM PDT
    Dallas at St. Louis
    Preview Game
  • Play

    Domestic violence accusations against NFL involve Brandon Marshall

    Brandon Marshall is the latest NFL player to be at the center of the league's domestic violence controversy.

    WLS – Chicago
  • Froot Loops® Cereal

    Who Says You Have to be a Kid to Enjoy the Fruity Goodness of Froot Loops? Remember The Sweet Aroma & Fruity Taste with a Bowl of Froot Loops Today!

    AdChoicesKellogg's Froot Loops®Sponsored
  • Pep Guardiola celebrates Jerome Boateng's late winner against Man City by choking him

    Bayern Munich's Jerome Boateng scored a 90th-minute winner against former club Man City (with a helping deflection off Mario Gotze) and that kicked off a touchline mosh pit starring Pep Guardiola. After Boateng ran over to celebrate with his coach and teammates, Guardiola gave him a celebratory…

    Dirty Tackle
  • Blue Jackets president accuses Ryan Johansen of extortion, reveals contract numbers

    The Columbus Blue Jackets have had enough of this Ryan Johansen restricted free agency negotiation.  To the point where affable team president John Davidson called it “extortion." * He announced that the team had offered Johansen $6 million over two years and $32 million over six years (which JD…

    Puck Daddy
  • Week 3 Ranks: Defense/Special Teams

    Week 3 Ranks: Defense/Special Teams More Week 3 Rankings: QB | RB | WR | TE | K | DST The following list comprises the top 20 team defense/special team rankings for Week 1 of each Yahoo! Sports fantasy expert. The list is ordered by the overall top 20

    Yahoo Sports
  • Play

    Calling out fantasy football's biggest flukes

    Rotoworld: Adam Levitan joins Jenna Corrado to give his list of players that may have shown flashes of brilliance, but most likely were flukes thus far.

    NBC Sports
  • LeBron has new shoes, but he can't touch Jordan

    LeBron James may be one of the biggest names on the basketball court, but when it comes to sneaker sales, Michael Jordan still holds the title. Nike (NKE) unveiled 10-time All-Star Lebron James' signature shoe late Tuesday. The LeBron 12 debuted at an event at the company's headquarters in…

    CNBC
  • Colts' MNF meltdown costs bettor a $100,000 payday on a $5 bet

    A bettor in the Delaware Sports Lottery was less than one half of football away from winning $100,000 on a $5 bet, but the Indianapolis Colts couldn't hold up their end of the deal. The Colts, as you may recall, had a two-touchdown second-half lead on the Philadelphia Eagles but couldn't hold on,…

    Shutdown Corner
    Sun, Sep 21
    10:00 AM PDT
    Washington at Philadelphia
    Preview Game
  • Adrian Peterson Has A Quietly Terrible Contract, And Cutting Him Would Save The Vikings A Ton Of Money

    The Minnesota Vikings reversed course and decided Wednesday to bar Adrian Peterson from the team   until his legal issues are resolved. The Vikings put him on the exempt/commissioner's permission list — which will keep him under contract while barring him from team activities. According to Ian…

    Business Insider
    Sun, Sep 21
    10:00 AM PDT
    Minnesota at New Orleans
    Preview Game
  • Here is a story about Ian Poulter that sums him up perfectly

    Paul McGinley gave an interview to the Irish Independent recently in which he said he wishes he'd had a little more "f--- you" to him over the course of his career. "I remember standing on the 18th fairway with Poulter in the singles," said McGinley. As always Ian Poulter is the best.

    CBS Sports
  • Keselowski gets help from unlikely source in win

    A member of Brad Keselowski's pit crew was faced with such a decision in the heat of Sunday's Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup opener at Chicagoland Speedway, and the outcome proved to be a pivotal moment in the No. 2's run to Victory Lane.   Instead of burying that information, he let it be known…

    NASCAR.com
  • Fan heckling Harper in Atlanta ejected by umpire

    Umpire Tim Welke heard a foul-mouthed fan heckling Bryce Harper and decided it was time for the man to go. Welke took off his mask, pointed to the fan and ejected him from Turner Field in Atlanta during Tuesday night's game between the Washington Nationals and Braves.

    Associated Press
    Thu, Sep 18
    4:10 PM PDT
    Washington at Miami
    Preview Game
  • Major shakeup appears in the works at Mayweather Promotions

    Major changes appear afoot at Mayweather Promotions, with CEO Leonard Ellerbe's job in apparent jeopardy, according to comments by pound-for-pound champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. to FightHype.com's Ben Thompson.  In a brief question-and-answer session with Thompson, Mayweather indicated unhappiness…

    Boxing