Miles Miko­las, Car­pen­ter lead Cards to win over Mar­lins

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ST. LOUIS — Miles Miko­las knew his luck would turn around.

Dex­ter Fowler and Matt Car­pen­ter home­red to back a strong out­ing by Miko­las and lead the St. Louis Car­di­nals to a 5-0 win over the Mi­ami Mar­lins on Mon­day night.

Miko­las (5-7) snapped a ca­reer-high los­ing streak of five straight de­ci­sions. He had not won a game since May 6 against Philadel­phia. In mak­ing his team-lead­ing 15th start and sec­ond straight against the Mar­lins, Miko­las went six in­nings. He scat­tered six hits and struck out four.

“It’s nice to get the ‘W’ but any time the team gets a win I’m happy,” Miko­las said. “I’ve had some tough losses but they’ve also bailed me out of a few. That’s base­ball.”

Gio­vanny Gal­le­gos pitched the sev­enth fol­lowed by a fivepitch eighth in­ning by John Gant. Jor­dan Hicks pitched the ninth to pre­serve the shutout.

It was the 13th time the Mar­lins have been shut out in their 45 losses this sea­son.

Mi­ami’s Elieser Her­nan­dez (0-2) was mak­ing his sec­ond start of the sea­son, both against St. Louis. He gave up five hits while strik­ing out six in six in­nings to take the loss.

St. Louis has won four of its last five games and six of its last eight. Mi­ami has lost nine of its last 11 games.

Car­pen­ter, who went 3-for4, hit his 10th home run with one out in the third for a 1-0 St. Louis lead.

“It was a lit­tle bit higher,” Her­nan­dez said through an in­ter­preter. “I made a mis­take.”

The Car­di­nals added their sec­ond run in the fifth. With two outs, Car­pen­ter beat the shift by lay­ing down a sharp bunt to­ward third. Her­nan­dez am­bled af­ter it and a hus­tling Car­pen­ter turned it into a dou­ble.

“I knew it was pos­si­ble to get the dou­ble,” Car­pen­ter said. “It’s a good feel­ing. I can’t deny that. If you hit left­handed in this league, they’re go­ing to shift you.”

Mi­ami man­ager Don Mat­tingly be­lieved Her­nan­dez should have pre­vented a dou­ble in that sit­u­a­tion.

“I think Elieser’s got to get that ball,” Mat­tingly said. “It looked like he was just kind of trot­ting af­ter it and lets it keep rolling. For me, he stops it.”

Fowler hit a three-run homer in the eighth with two outs. The home run, his third in the last four games, scored Car­pen­ter and Dejong. Fowler’s homer gave him one against each team in the Na­tional League in his ca­reer.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Mar­lins: RHP Ri­ley Far­rell (right bi­ceps ten­dini­tis) is sched­uled to throw two in­nings Tues­day for Triple-a New Or­leans. LF Pete O’brien (left ribcage con­tu­sion) was sched­uled to be­gin re­hab Mon­day night at Class A Jupiter but rained out ... 3B Mar­tin Prado (right ham­string strain) con­tin­ued his ther­apy-only reg­i­men . ... RHP Caleb Smith (left hip in­flam­ma­tion) threw long toss Sun­day and is sched­uled for a bullpen ses­sion Tues­day in Jupiter ... RHP Drew Steck­en­rider (right el­bow in­flam­ma­tion) was cleared Mon­day to be­gin a throw­ing pro­gram ... 2B Neil Walker (right quad strain) con­tin­ued Mon­day with a run­ning progressio­n and all base­ball ac­tiv­ity in Jupiter . ... C Chad Wal­lach (con­cus­sion) con­tin­ued Mon­day with all base­ball ac­tiv­ity in Jupiter.

Car­di­nals: 3B Jedd Gy­orko (lower back strain) did pregame work Mon­day and will likely be ac­ti­vated from the In­jured List be­fore Tues­day’s game . ... RHP Adam Wainwright (left ham­string strain) had a “very fa­vor­able” bullpen Mon­day. He is “on track” to start­ing soon, Shildt said . ... RHP Ryan Hel­s­ley (right shoul­der im­pinge­ment) will start to play catch in the next cou­ple of days.

UP NEXT

Mar­lins: Jor­dan Ya­mamoto (1-0, 0.00) will be mak­ing his sec­ond ca­reer start. In his MLB de­but June 12 in Mi­ami against St. Louis, he al­lowed just three hits with two walks and five strike­outs in a seven in­nings. The Mar­lins won 9-0. He had never ap­peared above Dou­ble-a be­fore his re­call.

Car­di­nals: RHP Jack Fla­herty (4-3, 4.28) set a ca­reer high with six runs al­lowed in his only ca­reer ap­pear­ance against Mi­ami on June, 6, 2018. In his last out­ing, Fla­herty came away with a no-de­ci­sion in the Car­di­nals’ come-from-be­hind rain sus­pended 5-4 win in 10 in­nings over the Mets.

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