Game Report: Cardinals 7, Marlins 5
For the second night in a row the Cardinals rallied from a four-run deficit to defeat the Marlins Wednesday night in Miami, completing an undefeated road trip.
The Cardinals went 6-0 on the trip to Atlanta and Miami, and according to the Elias Sports Bureau it’s the first time in franchise history the Cardinals were undefeated on a road trip of at least six games.
The win also was the ninth consecutive road win for the Cardinals, matching the second longest road winning streak in franchise history. The last time they won nine games in a row on the road was in 1970.
Unlike Tuesday night, when they rallied from a 5-1 deficit in the eighth inning, the Cardinals fell behind quickly on Wednesday night as Lance Lynn gave up four runs in the first inning.
They cut the lead to 4-3 in the third and then took the lead with three runs in the sixth, two coming on a pinch-hit triple from Dexter Fowler.
Here is how the game broke down:
At the plate:
The comeback began when the Cardinals loaded the bases on a walk, hit by pitch and another walk in the third before Jedd Gyorko delivered a two-run single followed by an RBI single from Yadier Molina … In the sixth, Fowler’s go-ahead triple came after singles by Tommy Pham and Magneuris Sierra. Fowler then scored on a sacrifice fly from Kolten Wong … The final run scored in the seventh on an RBI single from Aledmys Diaz … Sierra had a hit and a walk and scored two runs. He has now scored seven runs in his first four games … Gyorko was 3-for-4, raising his average to .351 … Eleven of the Cardinals’ 12 hits were singles.
On the mound:
Lynn had allowed only two earned runs in his last four starts combined, covering 25 innings, when he gave up two home runs in the first. He only pitched four innings but still threw 104 pitches … Sam Tuivailala got his second win on the trip as the bullpen covered the final five innings, with Brett Cecil allowing three hits and a run … Trevor Rosenthal pitched the eighth and Seung Hwan Oh the ninth for the second consecutive game, with Oh earning his ninth save, getting Giancarlo Stanton to hit into a double play.
The Cardinals had gone 13 consecutive games without allowing a run in the first inning dating back to April 23 before Wednesday night. Lynn had allowed just one run in the first inning combined in his first six starts of the season.
This is the fifth time the Cardinals have won nine consecutive road games. The franchise record is 12, set in 1941 … Lynn has now allowed 18 homers in the first inning in his career, the most in any inning … Tyler Lyons, on the disabled list because of a strained rib cage muscle, made a rehab start at Class A Peoria on Wednesday and worked 2 2/3 innings, allowing four hits and two runs. He made 35 pitches.
The Cardinals will have a day off on Thursday before opening a three-game series against the Cubs on Friday night at Busch Stadium. Mike Leake will get the start in the first game.