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Cardinals @ Marlins, Sept. 20

What a waste of jet fuel.

The Cardinals flew to south Florida Monday to collect a total of five hits -- and no runs -- in a makeup game against the Marlins.

Chris Volstead picked up his tenth victory of the season against nine losses with a 118-pitch complete game shutout to win 4-0. His ERA at the start of the contest was 4.82. But the Birds batters were clueless.

Chris Carpenter only got into trouble in one inning, the second. But it was bad. He loaded the bases with a leadoff double and a pair of walks and then surrendered a grand slam to catcher Brad Davis who came into the game with a .229 batting average and two homers in his 70 career at bats.

After that it was time to make the donuts and the Marlins and Cardinals traded zeros on the scoreboard until it was time to get back on the plane and come home.

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Cardinals starter Chris Carpenter reacts to allowing a second inning grand slam Monday against the Marlins. AP photo.

Carpenter gave up five hits and four runs over six innings pitched. He struck out six and walked two -- one of them intentionally -- to fall to 15-8 with a 3.28 ERA for the season.

Cardinals Star of the Game
: Matt Holliday was 2-for-4, the only Cardinals hitter to collect as many as two hits, to raise his batting average to .314.

Cardinals Play of the Game: Yeah, whatever.

Lowlight: If the Cardinals could have beaten a Marlins team that was playing without Henley Ramirez they could have at least kept things slightly interesting in the National League Central race. But the setback proved -- once again -- that they have no interest in letting baseball cut into their October golf tee times.