The Cardinals on Saturday night passed on every chance they had to score after the first inning.
Fortunately, Albert Pujols' two-run homer was all the scoring they would really need.
The Birds pounded out 14 hits and it seemed like every other inning they had two on and one out. But they weren't able to come through, going spectacularly out of their way to hit into double plays. Fortunately Chris Carpenter was able to pitch out a bases loaded and one out jam of his own, allowing only one run via a hit batsman before coaxing the ol' 3-2-4 double play ball.
Carp managed 6 2/3 innings pitched with one run allowed on five hits and a pair of walks. He struck out seven as he improved to 7-8 on the season with a 3.75 ERA. Dotel, Motte, Rzepczyski and Salas pitched in with 2 1/3 innings to salt away the win.
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It seemed like the Cardinals would finally break through with some insurance in the top of the ninth inning. Matt Holliday reached with a base hit and with two outs Lance Berkman launched a ball that seemed like it would be a home run to right field. The ball bounced off the top of the wall and, while Holliday motored around the bases, Marlins right fielder Mike Stanton made a perfect peg to second base to nail Berkman for the third out before Holliday reached the plate.
Cardinals Star of the Game: Carpenter
Cardinals Play of the Game: Pujols' homer
Lowlight: The Cardinals had 14 hits but only two runs, stranding 12 runners on base.