Game Report: Cardinals 14, Marlins 6

By Rob Rains

Luke Voit might be the reason Matt Carpenter could play a few more games at second base this season.

Carpenter moved there for the first time since last September on Monday night to get Voit into the lineup at first and the St. Louis native responded in a big way.

Voit had a two-run double in the third inning and hit the first homer of his career, a two-run shot in the eighth that capped the biggest output of the season for the Cardinals in their win over the Marlins.

Voit is now 6-of-15 in eight games since his promotion from Memphis. His home run was estimated at 429 feet.

The double was part of a seven-run third inning that gave the Cardinals an 11-0 lead before the Marlins responded with six runs in the fifth off Adam Wainwright.

Tommy Pham also had a big night, as did Yadier Molina. Pham reached base in all five plate appearances with a triple, two singles and two walks. He drove in two runs and scored twice. Molina just missed a grand slam in the third, settling for a two-run double, and also had a sacrifice fly in the first.

Here is how the game broke down:

At the plate: The Cardinals scored a season-high four runs in the first and then matched their season high for runs in any inning with the seven-run third. All of those runs came against Miami starter Jeff Locke, the first time the Cardinals scored 11 or more runs against one pitcher since they scored 12 against A.J. Burnett of the Pirates on May 2, 2012 … Wainwright got in on the fun with a bases-loaded single that drove in two of the runs in the third … Voit’s homer gave the Cardinals at least one home run in their last 13 home games, their longest streak since they homered in 14 consecutive games in 2004. … They were 8-of-15 with runners in scoring position.

On the mound: Wainwright allowed only two singles and had seven strikeouts through the first four innings before his trouble in the fifth inning, when the Marlins scored all of their runs on six hits and a walk. Wainwright left after the fifth but got the win as four relievers each worked a scoreless inning – Luke Weaver, Tyler Lyons, Matt Bowman and Sam Tuivailala … It was the second time this season the Cardinals won when they allowed six runs.

Key stat: Randal Grichuk was 1-of-5, a single in the first inning. He has three homers and nine RBIs in nine games since being recalled from Memphis (five of which came in one game) but overall since then is 9-of-40, a .225 average, with 13 strikeouts.

Worth noting: Weaver was called up from Memphis and Mike Mayers returned to the Triple A club. After working three innings in relief on Sunday night Mayers would not have been available to pitch for several days. Weaver had been the scheduled starter Monday night for Memphis. His callup means he will not pitch in the Triple A All-Star game next week … Jedd Gyorko had to leave the game in the fifth inning because of cramping in his left leg … Locke fell to 0-7 in his career against the Cardinals.

International signings: The Cardinals announced the signings of 10 international free agents on Monday. Seven of them were 16-year-old players, including outfielder Adanson Cruz, who is from the same home town in the Dominican Republic as Carlos Martinez and the late Oscar Taveras. “Despite our limitations I think we got some interesting players at premium positions,” said Moises Rodriguez, the Cardinals’ director of international operations. “It’s a great group to develop and get their careers started. Cruz is likely a right fielder; power and his arm are his main tools. He’s got a lot of physical projection. He’s got a lot of lift in his swing. He’s got solid overall ability.” … The only player signed who likely will appear in minor league games this summer is 22-year-old right-handed pitcher Jesus Cruz, who was pitching for a team in Monterrey, Mexico. The only pitcher among the 10 signees. A reliever, Cruz likely will be assigned to a Class A team later this month. “We’ve been following him for a couple of years and his stuff has really picked up,” Rodriguez said. “He’s been on our radar and this year things just seemed to click.”

Looking ahead: The Cardinals and Marlins will play a 1:15 game on Tuesday, July 4th, with Lance Lynn pitching against Jose Urena.

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