Carpenter hits 31st homer to help Cardinals beat Marlins

MIAMI (AP) _ Matt Carpenter hit a tiebreaking homer for the second consecutive
night, and the St. Louis Cardinals won their fourth series in a row Wednesday by
beating Miami 7-1.

Carpenter put St. Louis ahead with a home run leading off the sixth inning, his
NL-leading 31st. His eighth-inning homer Tuesday helped St. Louis beat Miami
3-2, and he has homered in five of the past six games.

John Gant (4-4) pitched six innings and allowed one run, which scored in part
because of a defensive lapse. He and three relievers combined to retire 21
batters in a row.

The Cardinals' Yadier Molina hit his 15th homer in the first and doubled home
two runs in the ninth. Marcell Ozuna doubled home a run in the sixth and went 6
for 11 in the series against his former team.

Trevor Richards (3-7) allowed three runs in 5 2/3 innings for the last-place
Marlins, who have lost eight of their past nine games.

The Cardinals improved to 13-9 under interim manager Mike Shildt.

St. Louis missed a chance to turn a double play in the second inning, and that
led to a run that came home on Miguel Rojas' single. The Marlins totaled three


Cardinals: Pinch runner Harrison Bader was shaken up on a headfirst slide in
the eighth inning, but stayed in the game and scored.


Cardinals: Following a day off Thursday, the Cardinals open a three-game series at
Kansas City, with LHP Austin Gomber (1-0, 4.10 ERA) scheduled to pitch Friday.

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