Hudson pitches 7 innings to help Cardinals beat Marlins

MIAMI (AP) - Rookie Dakota Hudson allowed one run in a career-high seven
innings, and the St. Louis Cardinals handed the Miami Marlins their sixth
consecutive defeat Tuesday night, 7-1.

Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina returned after missing 11 games because of a
strained right thumb and went 2 for 5 with a single and double.

Marcell Ozuna punctuated the victory with a ninth-inning homer, his 18th. He
has a career average of .452 (14 for 31) against his former team.

Hudson (5-3) gave up four hits, struck out six and retired 10 in a row during
one stretch for the Cardinals, who have won his past five starts.

The right-hander has the highest groundball rate in the majors, and 12 of his
21 outs came on grounders. He hasn't given up a homer in 47 innings.

The Marlins totaled five hits, all singles. They rank last in the majors in
runs and have been outscored 31-10 in the past six games.

Elieser Hernandez (0-1), recalled from Triple-A New Orleans to make his first
start of the year, allowed three runs in 5 2/3 innings.

Kolten Wong had two of the Cardinals' 13 hits and reached base four times, and
teammate Harrison Bader drove in two runs with a triple and a bases-loaded walk.
Dexter Fowler had an RBI single in the seventh and then scored from first on
Jose Martinez's pinch-hit two-run single.

St. Louis broke a 1-all tie in the sixth. One run scored on a throwing error by
shortstop Miguel Rojas, and three consecutive walks forced in another run.

NEW ADDITION

The Cardinals signed their first-round draft choice, LHP Zack Thompson of
Kentucky, and announced they had agreed to terms with seven other picks.

UP NEXT

Cardinals: RHP Miles Mikolas (4-6, 4.54) is scheduled to start the series
finale Wednesday when the Cardinals try for a sweep. He started twice against
the Marlins last year and won both games.

Marlins: RHP Jordan Yamamoto, acquired in the Christian Yelich trade in January
2018, is expected to be recalled from Double-A Jacksonville to make his major
league debut. He is 3-5 with a 3.58 ERA in 12 starts for Jacksonville.

Game time is 6:10 Wednesday evening with the pre-game at 5:20 on KTLO-AM.

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