The Cardinals hung five runs on the Marlins before Miami could get a second out in the game.
Then the offense took the rest of the night off. Fortunately, five runs was more than enough as Kyle Lohse took his talents to South Beach and held the Marlins down in a 5-2 St. Louis victory.
The first inning outburst was largely due to a couple of breaks going the Cardinals way. Rafael Furcal led off with a single then Jon Jay struck out. Matt Holliday grounded a ball back to Miami starter Carlos Zambrano who seemed to have a sure double play in hand. But Zambrano apparently didn't know which of his middle infielders was going to cover the bag. He threw the ball to second baseman Omar Infante just as Infante stopped moving toward the bag and the ball sailed into centerfield to allow the inning to continue.
Cardinals clean-up hitter Carlos Beltran hit a single to drive in one run. Then Allen Craig hit a ball through shortstop Jose Reyes to allow a second run to cross the plate. Catcher Yadier Molina, who tied the Marlins with a homer Monday with two outs in the ninth, hit a three-run homer in the first frame Tuesday to complete the St. Louis scoring.
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Miami scored a run in the bottom of the first and another in the fourth to threaten to get back in the game. But the Fish were unable to get any closer thanks largely to Lohse's 7 1/3 innings pitched with only four hits allowed.
The Cardinals moved to five games over .500 with the win and leapfrogged the Pirates to move into second place in the National League Central as Pittsburgh lost to Philadelphia.
Molina's homer was the 67th of his career which ties him for second in Cardinals history for homers by a catcher. Ted Simmons is safe for now in first place with 172.
Cardinals Star of the game: Loshe
Cardinals Play of the Game: Furcal saved the Cardinals from a two on, no outs situation in the sixth when he fielded a hot shot up the middle that took a bad hop and raced to the second base bag to start a nifty double play.
Lowlight: The Cardinals still can't get much offense from it's second base contingency. Daniel Descalso was 0-for-3 to fall to .236 for the season.