Game Report: Cardinals 6, Marlins 5

Magneuris Sierra’s speed helped the Cardinals pull off a late rally and extend their winning streak to five games on Tuesday night with the win over the Marlins in Miami.

The Cardinals trailed 5-1 going to the eighth inning because of a another rough outing by Brett Cecil but tied the game in the eighth and then won it in the ninth.

In the eighth, Sierra’s speed let him take second on a base hit to left, a big play in the four-run inning, and in the ninth he drew a throwing error from the pitcher on a slow roller near the mound which let him get to second base. Sierra then scored the go-ahead run on a pinch-hit single by Dexter Fowler.

The win was the eighth in a row on the road by the Cardinals and allowed them to maintain a half-game ahead of the Reds in first place in the NL Central.

Here is how the game broke down:

At the plate: The Cardinals had just one hit through the first four innings before Yadier Molina led off the fifth with a double and scored on a one-out double by Tommy Pham … Pham’s second double started the eighth inning rally, followed by the hit by Sierra, a pinch-hit single by Matt Adams, a walk to Kolten Wong, a sacrifice fly from Randal Grichuk, another walk to Matt Carpenter and a two-run bases-loaded single by Jedd Gyorko … In the ninth, Sierra’s infield hit came with one out and after he went to second on the throwing error, he made a great slide to score on Fowler’s single … Sierra is now 5-of-13 in his three games with the Cardinals with five runs scored.

On the mound:
Wainwright allowed four hits in 5 1/3 innings and the three runs charged to him after he left the game in the sixth increased his ERA to 6.37. The only run which scored when he was on the mound came on a perfectly executed suicide squeeze bunt on a 3-2 pitch in the fifth … Matt Bowman, Trevor Rosenthal and Seung Hwan Oh combined to allow only one baserunner over the final three innings, a walk issued by Rosnethal to Marcel Ozuna. Rosenthal got the win and Oh the save, his eighth of the season.

Key stat:
Cecil entered a 1-1 game with the bases loaded and one out in the sixth and promptly allowed a double and single, which cleared the bases, and a sacrifice fly to give the Marlins the 5-1 lead. Cecil has allowed nine of 16 inherited runners to score this season. Opposing lefthanded hitters, who were 2-for-2 on Tuesday night, are now 10-of-23 against Cecil, a .435 average.

Worth noting: Fowler’s pinch-hit was his first since 2014 … Wong’s 0-for-4 night, plus a walk in the eighth inning rally, snapped his hitting streak at a career-high 13 games … Tyler Lyons, on the DL because of a right intercostal strain, will make a rehab start for Class A Peoria on Wednesday … The Cardinals released pitcher Mitch Harris on Tuesday. He had been on a rehab assignment in Florida after going on the DL at Triple A Memphis two weeks ago … Miami manager Don Mattingly was ejected for the second consecutive game.

Looking ahead: Lance Lynn will get the start in the final game of the series and the road trip on Wednesday night. Tom Koehler will start for the Marlins.