Game Report: Marlins 2, Cardinals 1

The outcome of the Cardinals game on Monday night in Miami might have been determined by a decision made a couple of hours before the game.

For the first time for a game in August since Marlins Park opened in 2012, the stadium roof was open for the game – and that might have been the difference between the Cardinals winning or losing the game.

Balls hit by Harrison Bader in the second inning and Jedd Gyorko in the eighth – with two runners on base – might have been home runs if the roof had been closed. Instead, both ended up being caught on the warning track in center field in the heavy, south Florida night air.

Here is how the game broke down:

At the plate: The Cardinals were shut out until the ninth, when a bases-loaded walk to Matt Carpenter scored Paul DeJong, who had singled to lead off the inning… A single by Bader and a walk to Yairo Munoz had loaded the bases with nobody out, but pinch-hitter Kolten Wong was called out on a 3-2 pitch. After Carpenter walked, Yadier Molina grounded into a game-ending double play … Marcell Ozuna returned to Miami for the first time since he was traded to the Cardinals and had three singles. He had the Cardinals only two hits through the first six innings … Carpenter also singled in the eighth and has reached base in 25 consecutive games, the longest single-season streak of his career.

On the mound: The Marlins took the lead just two batters into the bottom of the first inning off Luke Weaver on a double and single. He did not allow a hit after the first inning until Starlin Castro homered with two outs in the fourth. Weaver worked six innings, giving upseven hits while striking out five … Tyler Webb pitched two scoreless innings, allowing just one base hit.

Key stat: Jose Martinez again replaced DeJong as the Cardinals’ third place hitter with DeJong moving to the sixth spot. In the last nine games, the Cardinals have had just two RBIs out of the third spot and have now gone 40 consecutive at-bats since the last extra-base hit out of that spot in the lineup.

Worth noting: The Cardinals purchased the contract of outfielder Adolis Garcia from Memphis on Monday. He replaced Tyler O’Neill on the roster after O’Neill had to go on the disabled list because of a groin ailment …Tyson Ross, claimed by the Cardinals on Sunday off waivers from San Diego, is expected to be activated on Tuesday and initially will likely be used out of the bullpen … The announced attendance of 8,563 was the smallest crowd for a Cardinals game in a major-league stadium since they drew 5,611 on May 8, 2004 in Montreal. They played before a smaller crowd last year in the Sunday night game at the Little League stadium in Williamsport, Pa. … Pitching prospect Ryan Helsley, who has been out since early June with what was described as shoulder fatigue, began a rehab assignment Monday with the GCL Cardinals. He pitched 2 2/3 scoreless innings, allowing one hit, walking three and striking out four … Minor League Baseball announced its players of the month for July in the various leagues and three of them came from the Cardinals organization – Garcia for the Pacific Coast League; Elehuris Montero of Peoria for the Midwest League and Andrew Warner from th Gulf Coast League.

Looking ahead: The series against the Marlins continues on Tuesday night with Miles Mikolas, a native of nearby Jupiter, Fla., the scheduled starter for the Cardinals.