Game Report: Marlins 5, Cardinals 2

By Rob Rains

Less than 24 hours after scoring a season-high 14 runs, the Cardinals hitters took most of the July 4th holiday off on Tuesday.

Still, the team managed to lose another game in which it had a 2-run lead.

Greg Garcia’s second homer of the season, following a single by Paul DeJong, in the fifth accounted for all of the Cardinals’ runs – and two of their seven hits.

Lance Lynn could not protect that lead as he surrendered a three-run homer to Christian Yelich in the sixth and reliever Tyler Lyons gave up two more runs later in the inning on a single by J.T. Riddle that gave the Marlins the win at Busch Stadium.

The win was the first for the Marlins in five games against the Cardinals this season.

Here is how the game broke down:

At the plate: Jose Urena held the Cardinals without a hit through the first four innings,walking two and hitting a batter while striking out five, before DeJong led off the fifth with a single and Garcia homered … The Cardinals have hit at least one home run in their last 14 home games, equaling their longest streak since they also homered in 14 consecutive home games in 2004.The longest home streak in team history is 18 set in 1999 … Luke Voit started in the fourth spot in the batting order for the first time and was 1-of-4 … Tommy Pham struck out in all four of his at-bats. It was the third time he did that in his career, the other two coming in 2015 … Stephen Piscotty, hitting third, struck out three times, making the 2-3 hitters a combined 0-of-8 with seven strikeouts.

On the mound
: The Marlins put the leadoff hitter on base in four of the first five innings without scoring, but Lynn could not escape trouble in the sixth. A one-out double by Dee Gordon was followed by a throwing error on Matt Carpenter before Yelich hit a 3-2 pitch into the leftfield bleachers. Lynn was pulled after a single by Marcell Ozuna … Lyons got one out before giving up a double to Martin Prado and the two-run single by Riddle … Trevor Rosenthal and Seung Hwan Oh each worked 1-2-3 innings in the eighth and ninth.

Key stat: Yelich’s homer was the 20th allowed by Lynn this season in 95 1/3 innings, the most he has allowed in his career. The only two pitchers who have allowed more homers this season in the National League are John Lackey (24) and Bronson Arroyo (23). The only other Cardinals pitcher who has allowed more than nine homers is Carlos Martinez with 12.

Worth noting: For the first time in his career Lynn hit lefthanded in his two at-bats on Tuesday. He bunted in the third in an attempted sacrifice, but Garcia was thrown out at second. Lynn then grounded out in the fifth, dropping to 2-of-28 for the season … Kolten Wong will report to Springfield on Wednesday to begin a rehab assignment. He will not return to the major-league club until after the All-Star break … After two appearances with the Gulf Coast League Cardinals, Zach Duke’s rehab has been moved to Palm Beach … Jedd Gyorko was kept out of the lineup after leaving Monday night’s game early because of cramping in his left leg … Outfielder Terry Fowler, a power-hitting prospect selected in the 15th round of last month’s draft, hit his first professional home run on Tuesday for the Gulf Coast League Cardinals.

Looking ahead: The Cardinals and Marlins will play again on Wednesday night in a 7:15 p.m. game. Mike Leake will get the start against Edinson Volquez.

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