Car­di­nals eas­ily over­power Mar­lins in 14-6 vic­tory

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL -

CAR­DI­NALS 14, MAR­LINS 6

ST. LOUIS — A day af­ter their lineup was sti­fled by All-Star pitcher Max Scherzer, the Car­di­nals re­sponded with their high­est-scor­ing game of the sea­son Mon­day. The Car­di­nals beat the Mar­lins, 14-6.

The of­fense needed no time to warm up.

The first four Car­di­nals bat­ters of the game got hits off Mar­lins starter Jeff Locke. Matt Car­pen­ter, start­ing at sec­ond base for the first time this sea­son, led off with a sin­gle and scored when Tommy Pham hit a triple in the fol­low­ing at bat. Pham then scored on a sin­gle hit by Stephen Pis­cotty.

Af­ter ad­vanc­ing to third on a sin­gle hit by Jedd Gy­orko, who later left the game with cramp­ing in his left leg, Pis­cotty scored when Yadier Molina hit a deep fly ball to cen­ter field. Gy­orko scored the fi­nal run of the in­ning when Luke Voit grounded out two bat­ters later.

The of­fense out­did it­self in the bot­tom of the third.

Gy­orko led off with his sec­ond sin­gle of the game to be­gin the in­ning. Molina sin­gled as well, and Voit drove them both in with a dou­ble, record­ing his first big league RBIs in the process.

The Mar­lins then elected to in­ten­tion­ally walk short­stop Paul DeJong, load­ing the bases for pitcher Adam Wain­wright. Wain­wright lined a two-RBI sin­gle through the gap into cen­ter field.

A to­tal of 12 Car­di­nals came to the plate in seven-run third in­ning. It was the first time the Car­di­nals have scored 11 or more runs in the

first three in­nings of a game since May 2, 2012.

Wain­wright, who cruised through the first four in­nings, got roughed up a bit in the fifth. He gave up six runs, al­low­ing at least four earned runs in a sin­gle in­ning for the third time in less than a month.

The Car­di­nal of­fense, though, pro­vided Wain­wright enough cush­ion that he still got the win.

Pham fin­ished off his per­fect night at the plate with an RBI sin­gle in the sev­enth. Pham fin­ished the game 3-for-3 with a triple and added two walks.

Then, in the eighth, Voit put an ex­cla­ma­tion point on the of­fen­sive dis­play by blast­ing his first ca­reer home run 429-feet to dead cen­ter field. The homer scored two runs and Voit re­ceived hearty ap­plause in his first cur­tain call.

NA­TION­ALS 3, METS 2 Cur­tis Gran­der­son with two outs in the ninth while trail­ing 2-0 hit a game-ty­ing two-run home run off Wash­ing­ton Na­tion­als re­liever Matt Al­bers. But three Mets re­liev­ers com­bined to squan­der the game in the bot­tom of the ninth, and the Na­tion­als earned a 3-2 walk-off vic­tory. ROCK­IES 5, REDS 3 Rookie Raimel Tapia fin­ished a sin­gle shy of the cy­cle, Char­lie Black­mon lined a solo shot af­ter it was an­nounced he

would par­tic­i­pate in the All-Star Home Run Derby and the Colorado Rock­ies beat the Cincin­nati Reds 5-3 on Mon­day night.

PHILLIES 4, PI­RATES 0 With a hospi­tal band wrapped around his right wrist, Freddy Galvis wel­comed his sec­ond daugh­ter with a long ball. Aaron Nola struck out eight in seven splen­did in­nings, Galvis and Maikel Franco hit two-run homers and the Philadel­phia Phillies beat the Pitts­burgh Pi­rates 4-0 Mon­day night.

IN­TER­LEAGUE

BREW­ERS 8, ORI­OLES 1 Travis Shaw helped stake Brent Suter to a big early lead and the Mil­wau­kee Brew­ers left-han­der had lit­tle trou­ble han­dling the Bal­ti­more Ori­oles on Mon­day. Shaw started the rout with a go-ahead sin­gle in a four-run first in­ning, then left af­ter he was hit on his left hand by a pitch dur­ing the Brew­ers’ 8-1 win over the Ori­oles. Backed by a 7-0 lead in the sec­ond, Suter (1-1) struck out eight over six in­nings, al­low­ing an un­earned run and four hits — all sin­gles. The 27-year-old left han­der made his sec­ond big league start, pitch­ing in place of Chase An­der­son, on the dis­abled list be­cause of a left oblique strain.

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