Game Report: Marlins 11, Cardinals 3

By Rob Rains

When the series against the Marlins began on Tuesday night, the Cardinals were looking at a stretch of nine consecutive games against the three last-place teams in the National League.

They were hoping to take advantage of that schedule to put together a winning streak, but it hasn’t started out like that is going to happen.

The Cardinals gave up a season-high 11 runs in losing to the Marlins Wednesday night for the second consecutive night at Busch Stadium. The top two hitters for Miami, Starlin Castro and Derek Dietrich, each had four hits and the third place hitter, J.T. Realmuto had three, making the trio a combined 11-of-15.

Here is how the game broke down:

At the plate: Jose Martinez had three of the Cardinals’ eight hits, driving in two of their runs … After the Marlins bullpen retired the last 12 Cardinals batters in order Tuesday night, they had just two hits, and scored one run, in 4 2/3 innings against Miami relievers on Wednesday night.

On the mound: Jack Flaherty only made it through five innings, allowing six runs, although two of them were unearned because of two of Yairo Munoz’s three errors … The Marlins added two runs off Brett Cecil in the sixth and two more off Preston Guilmet in the seventh. Guilmet has allowed five runs in two innings in the two games since he was promoted from Memphis … Jedd Gyorko made his first career appearance on the mound in the ninth and allowed a home run on his second pitch. He was the first position player to pitch for the Cardinals since Ruben Tejada on May 20, 2016 against Arizona.

Worth noting: Alex Reyes will miss the rest of the season after undergoing surgery for a torn tendon behind his shoulder on Wednesday. His recovery time is expected to be about six months … Both Greg Holland and Matt Bowman will begin rehab assignments on Thursday at Triple A Memphis.

Looking ahead: The Cardinals will need a win in the 12:15 p.m. game on Thursday to avoid being swept by the Marlins for the first time in a three-game series in St. Louis since 1996. Miles Mikolas will start for the Cardinals.

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