After watching their best pitchers go down in flames on a disastrous road trip the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday dominated the Miami Marlins with their shakiest starter on the hill.
But of course.
Justin Masterson, who was bombed early and often in his first two St. Louis starts to the tune of am 11.25 ERA, shut out the Marlins for seven innings. And it wasn't a matter of luck. He was clearly in ground ball machine mode as advertised when general manager John Mozeliak picked him up before the non-waiver trade deadline.
He allowed only three hits and walked none while striking out three.
First baseman Matt Adams, whose batting average continues to dwindle toward the .300 mark, made his one hit a big one, driving in a pair of key runs with two outs.
Matt Carpenter also helped pace the offense with three hits in four trips to the plate. Jon Jay had two hits.
Unfortunately, Oscar Taveras continues to look terrible at the plate with an 0-for-4 night that drug his batting average to .206. Meanwhile, his running didn't look so hot, either. He dogged it over to third base on a double that appeared to be in position to send him to the plate. Not sure if Taveras is suffering from a relapse of his ankle issue or if he had another problem. But he looked as if Sloth-footed catcher Yadier Molina could take him in the 100 yard dash.
The only blemish on the pitching staff came when struggling lefty Kevin Siegrist was taken deep over the outfield wall for a two-run homer in the ninth. But closer Trevor Rosenthal was able to come into the game and slam the door, sending the Cardinals home for a set against the San Diego Padres.