Carpenter’s home run in 8th send Cardinals over Marlins

MIAMI (AP) _ Streaking Matt Carpenter hit his 30th home run, a tiebreaking
drive in the eighth inning that lifted the St. Louis Cardinals over the Miami
Marlins 3-2 on Tuesday night.

Carpenter connected for the fourth time in five games and increased his career
high for home runs. He also extended his streak of reaching base safely to 26
games, the longest active string in the majors.

Carpenter, who has won two of the last three NL Player of the Week awards, sent
a shot off Elieser Hernandez (2-6) into the Cardinals bullpen in right field.
Several St. Louis relievers celebrated with their arms in the air.

Paul DeJong hit a tying, two-run homer in the seventh for the Cardinals, who
have won eight of 12. Marcell Ozuna had a pair of hits and is 5 for 8 in his
first two games at Marlins Park since being traded by Miami to St. Louis in the

Miles Mikolas (12-3) pitched seven innings, allowing two runs and five hits.

Dakota Hudson pitched the eighth for St. Louis and was aided by an impressive
defensive play when center fielder Harrison Bader charged in and made a diving
catch to take a hit away from Martin Prado. Bud Norris worked around a walk and
a wild pitch in the ninth for his 22nd save in 25 chances.

Pablo Lopez allowed two runs in seven innings, and Derek Dietrich had three
hits for the Marlins, who have lost seven of eight.

Justin Bour hit an RBI single in the Miami first after Dietrich led off with a
hit. JT Riddle tripled to begin the fifth and scored on a single by Miguel


Cardinals: RHP Adam Wainwright (elbow) threw a bullpen session of about 40
pitches. ``Positive, I got just initial feedback that his bullpen went well
today,'' interim manager Mike Shildt said. ``He's going up to the complex in
Jupiter and getting some more work and see where it goes, but he's very
optimistic and is taking steps in the right direction.''


Cardinals: RHP John Gant (3-4, 4.12 ERA) is slated to start Wednesday's series
finale and will be looking to bounce back after allowing six runs in four
innings at Pittsburgh in his last start.

Marlins: RHP Trevor Richards (3-6, 3.92) is 1-1 with a 0.76 ERA in his last
four starts.

Game time is 6:10 with the pre-game at 5:15 on KTLO-AM.

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