Game Report: Cardinals 7, Marlins 1

Matt Carpenter homered again Wednesday night and got some help from his teammates in the Cardinals’ win over the Marlins in Miami.

The win gave the Cardinals their fourth consecutive series win and improved their season record to five games over .500, their highest mark since they were 42-37 on June 27.

Carpenter hit his league-leading 31st homer of the season in the fifth inning to help back an outstanding game from John Gant and three relievers who combined to retire 23 of the final 24 Marlins batters.

Here is how the game broke down:

At the plate: Carpenter’s homer was his fifth in the last six games. Yadier Molina also homered, his 15th of the year, and the Cardinals added five doubles as seven of their nine hits went for extra bases … Molina capped the scoring with a two-run double in the ninth, following an intentional walk to Carpenter, and Paul DeJong also drove in two runs with his double in the eighth, which followed an intentional walk to Marcell Ozuna … The other RBI came on a double from Ozuna in the sixth …Ozuna had six hits in 11 at-bats in his first series against the Marlins in Miami … Carpenter’s home run was his only hit of the game, extending his on-base streak to 27 games, the longest current streak in the majors.

On the mound: Gant gave up only two hits in his six innings, back-to-back singles in the second inning when the Marlins scored their only run. Gant retired the last 14 batters he faced before being lifted for a pinch-hitter. He struck out four and walked one, needing only 63 pitches to get through the sixth … Chasen Shreve entered the game with the score 3-1 and struck out Justin Bour before Dakota Hudson retired the next five hitters in order … The Marlins finally broke the string of consecutive outs on a one-out double in the ninth off Mike Mayers.

Key stat: Starting with his home run on May 21, Carpenter has hit 28 home runs in his last 70 games, in a span of 264 at-bats. Prior to this season, his career high was 28 homers in 2015, in 574 at-bats.

Worth noting: Adolis Garcia made his major-league debut, starting in center field, but was 0-of-4 with two strikeouts. He became the seventh Cardinal to make his debut this season and is the 44th player to appear in a game for the Cardinals this year … The combined three-hitter was the fewest hits allowed by the Cardinals in a game in Miami since Adam Wainwright shut out the Marlins on two hits on Aug. 6, 2010 … On Wednesday the Cardinals promoted their top pick in this year’s draft, 18-year-old third baseman Nolan Gorman, from Johnson City to Peoria. Gorman is now the youngest player in the Midwest League. He had posted a .346 average with 11 homers in 37 games at Johnson City.

Looking ahead: The Cardinals will have a day off on Thursday in Kansas City before beginning a three-game series on Friday night against the Royals, with Austin Gomber the scheduled starter.