Cardinals 5, Marlins 4

Bucky Dent, The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchange

ST. LOUIS -- With a clutch swing from Matt Adams, plus help from the Miami Marlins and another botched call by the umpires, the St. Louis Cardinals won a series for the first time in more than two weeks.
Giancarlo Stanton's throwing error with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning Saturday enabled Jon Jay to scoot home from first with the winning run as the Cardinals rallied for a 5-4 win at sold-out Busch Stadium.
Edward Mujica (1-1) worked a 1-2-3 ninth for the win, while A.J. Ramos (3-3) was victimized by Stanton's mistake as St. Louis (52-34) won its first series since taking three of four from the Chicago Cubs June 17-20.
Jay worked a walk and pinch-hitter Shane Robinson slapped a single to right on a full-count pitch. Jay reached third easily, and when Stanton's throw bounced off first baseman Logan Morrison's glove, Jay scored standing up.
Adams wiped out the Marlins' 4-2 lead in the bottom of the seventh with a two-run pinch-hit homer to right-center field off reliever Mike Dunn, his seventh of the year.
Miami (32-54) established a 3-0 lead after 2 1/2 innings. Rookie shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria blooped an RBI single to center in the top of the second and Morrison lined a two-run homer into the Marlins' bullpen in left-center in the third.
St. Louis responded with two in its half of the third when Matt Carpenter laced an RBI triple to center, then trotted home on Carlos Beltran's single up the middle.
Miami made it 4-2 in the fourth on Derek Dietrich's leadoff homer and appeared to add another run later in the inning. But Hechavarria, trying to score from third on Nathan Eovaldi's bouncer to second, was called out even though Tony Cruz's tag looked to be late.
Marlins first-year manager Mike Redmond argued at length with plate umpire Bill Welke and was ejected for the second time this season. It was the second straight game in which Miami got the short end of a call by the plate umpire.
In Friday night's 4-1 Cardinals win, plate umpire Fieldin Culbreth ruled that Jacob Turner's fifth inning bunt was fair, despite replays showing it spun foul before it was fielded by catcher Yadier Molina. St. Louis turned it into a 2-5 double play, ending a scoring threat.
NOTES: St. Louis manager Mike Matheny will tinker with his rotation next week, moving Adam Wainwright ahead of Shelby Miller to start the Tuesday night series opener with Houston. This will also allow Wainwright to pitch Sunday night in Chicago, the team's final game before the All-Star break, but will keep Wainwright from pitching in the All-Star Game. Wainwright was consulted about the switch and gave his assent to it. ... The move also gives the Cardinals a chance to buy a little extra rest for Miller, who will start on Wednesday. His next start after that could be held back until July 24 due to the All-Star break. ... Miami LF Justin Ruggiano has clouted 12 homers this year -- all away from spacious Marlins Park. That ties him with six other players for the most consecutive road homers to start a year, including former Marlin Derrek Lee (2000).

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