It wasn't pretty. But the Cardinals stopped their three-game skid and got back into the win column 11-6 against a hungry Marlins team.
The offense put up four runs in the first inning for starter Todd Wellemeyer, who was making his first start since being sidelined with elbow troubles in late July. And he responded by giving up six earned runs on nine hits and a walk through four innings. Ack!
But the Redbird batsmen put their hitting shoes on and scored three in the bottom of the fourth to regain the lead 7-6 and four more runs with two outs in the bottom of the eighth to put the game out of reach...
The Cubs beat the Brewers 2-0. But the Cardinals shrank their magic number to 10 with the win -- and St. Louis maintained it's 9 1/2-game lead in the NL Central.
Albert Pujols congratulates centerfielder Colby Rasmus Monday after Rasmus hit a three-run homer in the eighth inning. AP photo.
While Wellemeyer was terrible, the bullpen really did a nice job with two hits and no runs allowed in five innings of relief.
Brendan Ryan appeared to jam his wrist diving back into first base on a pickoff attempt. He flexed the wrist the entire time he was on the bases and was getting a makeshift exam from coach Jose Oquendo when he arrived at third base. Ryan stayed in the game, so hopefully he is alright...
Cardinals Star of the Game: Colby Rasmus was 3-for-5 with the knockout blow in the eighth inning. He scored two runs and drove in three more. But the nod could have easily gone to Matt Holliday (2-for-5 with a pair of runs scored and three RBIs) or Skip Schumaker who was 3-for-4 with three runs scored.
Lowlight: Wellemeyer just didn't have it.