MIAMI (AP) — Yadier Molina hit a tiebreaking sacrifice fly off former batterymate Sandy Alcantara to cap a three-run rally within the sixth inning that despatched the St. Louis Cardinals over Miami Marlins 4-2 on Tuesday evening.
Dylan Carson hit his second homer of the season for an insurance coverage run within the ninth.
Alcantara was traded by St. Louis in a bundle to Miami for Marcell Ozuna in December 2017, three months after making his main league debut with Molina behind the plate.
The 25-year-old Alcantara (0-1) tied a profession excessive with 10 strikeouts within the first 5 innings, shutting out the Cardinals on two hits. Tommy Edman and Paul Goldschmidt opened the sixth with infield hits and a stroll to Nolan Arenado loaded the bases with no outs.
A handed ball gave the Cardinals a run and Paul DeJong‘s RBI grounder made it 2-all. Molina, who additionally had two hits, hit a flyball that put St. Louis forward.
Cardinals starter pitcher John Gant struggled along with his command early however labored his approach out of a no-out, bases-loaded jam within the third. He struck out 4 however walked three over his 4 innings, and benefitted from a pair of early double performs.
Ryan Helsley (1-0) received in reduction and Alex Reyes went 1 1/three innings for his second save.
Miami acquired a present run within the first when left fielder Tyler O’Neill made two errors on the identical play. After misplaying Starling Marte’s sharp line drive, O’Neill’s throw sailed to the backstop as Corey Dickerson raced dwelling.
The Marlins added a run within the fifth when Jazz Chisholm, who doubled for Miami’s solely extra-base hit, had a bases-loaded sacrifice fly.
Cardinals: LHP Kwang Hyun Kim pitched in a simulated recreation, however supervisor Mike Shildt had no specifics on the end result in his pregame presser. Recovering from again stiffness, Kim had been anticipated to throw roughly 75 pitches.
Marlins: RHP Elieser Hernandez is enhancing after occurring the 10-day IL Monday with proper biceps irritation, supervisor Don Mattingly stated. The Marlins starter was to endure an MRI sooner or later Tuesday simply to substantiate the preliminary analysis. … IF/OF Garrett Cooper returned to the lineup after absolutely recovering from unwanted effects of a COVID-19 vaccination. RHP Jordan Holloway was optioned to the alternate coaching website.
Cardinals: RHP Jack Flaherty (0-0, 12.46) will take the mound after a shaky begin on April 1 at Cincinnati.
Marlins: RHP Pablo Lopez (0-0, 0.00) makes his second begin after pitching 5 scoreless innings towards Tampa Bay on April 2.