Carpenter, Pujols lead Cardinals over MarlinsAug 7, 2011 - 4:36 AM
Carpenter (7-8) inched closer to reaching the .500 mark for the first time this season by holding the Marlins to one run on five hits over 6 2/3 innings.
St. Louis won its third straight game despite stranding 12 runners and going 1-for-14 with runners in scoring position.
Ricky Nolasco (8-8) went seven innings and allowed just two runs despite surrendering 10 hits for Florida, which had won eight of 10 entering the set.
Rafael Furcal started the game with a single despite replays showing Mike Stanton making a shoe-string catch on the fly in right field. Two batters later Nolasco hung a 74-m.p.h. curveball to Pujols that was quickly redirected into the left-field seats, and the Cardinals suddenly led, 2-0.
"No question that's the difference in the ballgame," Marlins manager Jack McKeon said of the blown call on the game's first at-bat. "I'm not going to criticize the umpires or rip them because it's a tough job. But on the other hand we have got to get these plays right. We can't have this consistently three of four times a week."
In the home fourth, Carpenter gave up a single and two walks to load the bases with one out, then plunked DeWayne Wise with an 0-2 pitch in the foot to force in a run. He was able to limit the damage by getting his counterpart, Nolasco, to bounce into a 3-2-4 double play.
"I was able to make pitches when I had to," Carpenter said. "That's what you're supposed to do as a starter."
Octavio Dotel relieved Carpenter and struck out Alfredo Amezaga to strand two Marlins in the seventh, Jason Motte and Marc Rzepczynski combined for a scoreless eighth, and Fernando Salas worked around a one-out walk in the ninth to earn his 21st save of the season.
Marlins shortstop Hanley Ramirez was sidelined for the third straight game with a left shoulder injury...Nolasco fell to 0-4 in his career against the Cardinals...Daniel Descalso had three of St. Louis' 14 hits...St. Louis goes for the sweep Sunday with Jaime Garcia starting opposite Javier Vazquez.
- ST. LOUIS: 2
Aug 6 10:33 PM
- Ricky Nolasco grounded into a double play, first to catcher to second. On the play, Greg Dobbs out at home to end the inning.
Cardinals 2, Marlins 1 End 4Aug 6 8:43 PM
- Skip Schumaker singled to second. On the play, Lance Berkman advances to third. Runners on first and third with two outs and Tony Cruz due up.
Cardinals 2, Marlins 0 Top 1, 2 OutsAug 6 7:24 PM
- ST. LOUIS: 0
Top 1, 0 Outs
Aug 6 7:11 PM
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