Game Report: Marlins 9, Cardinals 6

By Rob Rains

After falling behind 7-0 before their seventh place hitter had a chance to bat Wednesday night, the Cardinals actually fought their way back into the game against the Marlins at Busch Stadium.

They had the potential go-ahead run at the plate, and the would-be tying run on second, with two outs in the sixth following a bases-loaded double from Tommy Pham. The hitter, Stephen Piscotty, grounded out and the game was effectively over for the Cardinals.

It appeared over a lot earlier when Giancarlo Stanton homered twice, once in each of the first two innings, off Mike Leake and Marcell Ozuna also homered in the third after fielding errors by Matt Carpenter and Luke Voit helped the Marlins score five runs in the second.

Stanton, who hit a solo homer in the first and a three-run shot in the second, had hit only two previous homers in 66 career at-bats at Busch Stadium. Both of those came in 2011.

The Marlins added an insurance run on another homer off Seung Hwan Oh in the ninth, by Justin Bour. It was the 12th homer allowed by the Cardinals in the ninth inning this season, trailing only Washington (15) and Philadelphia (14) in the National League. Six of the homers have come off Oh.

Here is how the game broke down:

At the plate:
Pham had three RBIs with his two doubles … Piscotty had an RBI single in the three-run third and the Cardinals also got sacrifice flies from Carpenter and pinch-hitter Jedd Gyorko … The 3-4-5 hitters, Piscotty, Luke Voit and Yadier Molina, were a combined 1-of-13 … The Cardinals had only one hit after the sixth, a pinch-hit single by Alex Mejia with two outs in the eighth … The team’s streak of consecutive games at home with a home run was snapped at 14 … Since 2014, the Cardinals are now 4-58 in games in which they allowed eight or more runs. They have lost their last 22 such games, dating back to a 9-8 win over Milwaukee on July 3 of last year.

On the mound:
Leake allowed nine hits in just 3 2/3 innings, the third time in 47 starts with the Cardinals he has failed to pitch at least four innings. The eight runs he allowed were the second highest total of his career; he allowed nine on May 16, 2015 when he was with the Reds in a game against the Giants … Five of the runs were unearned because of the errors by Carpenter and Voit … John Brebbia got out of the fourth and Luke Weaver, Matt Bowman and Brett Cecil combined to throw 4 scoreless innings before Oh gave up the home run in the ninth … Cecil extended his streak of consecutive scoreless innings to 12.

Key stat:
The eight runs off Leake increased the total allowed by Cardinals’ starters over the past four games to 23 runs in 19 innings. Even though five of the runs off Leake were unearned, in the four games the starters combined have still allowed 16 earned runs, an ERA of 7.58.

Worth noting: Before picking him off first, Weaver allowed career hit number 3,052 to Ichiro Suzuki, who for his first hit in the majors – after years of playing in Japan – in 2001, when Weaver was 7 … Kolten Wong played his first game on his rehab assignment at Springfield on Wednesday night and was 2-of-3 with a double before coming out of the game … Harrison Bader hit his 16th homer for Memphis on Wednesday night, his third in his last four games.

Looking ahead:
The two teams will meet for the final time this season in a 12:45 p.m. game on Thursday. Michael Wacha will pitch against Tom Koehler.

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