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Cards stumble against MLB worst

Cards stumble against MLB worst

Posted: Monday, June 17, 2013 7:00 pm

By STEVEN WINE
AP Sports Writer
MIAMI (AP) — Maybe the St. Louis Cardinals were looking ahead to the Chicago Cubs.
In a matchup of worst versus first, NL Central leader St. Louis mustered only five hits Sunday and lost to the woeful Miami Marlins. 7-2.
The Cardinals dropped two of three games in Miami — the first series they’ve lost since April 26-28 against Pittsburgh. They went 5-4 on a three-city trip and open a homestand Monday against the traditional rival Cubs.
The Marlins climbed above .300 at 21-47, still baseball’s worst record.
“We didn’t see it,” St. Louis manager Mike Matheny said. “The team we saw is hitting the ball and making good pitches.”
The Cardinals didn’t do enough of either. Tyler Lyons (2-3), making his fifth major league start, lost for the third time in a row after winning his first two decisions.
Lyons gave up six runs in 51⁄3 innings.
“I made some mistakes with guys on base,” the rookie said.
The Cardinals, who have the lowest ERA in the majors, gave up 19 runs in the series. Meanwhile, they managed just three hits and one run against Ricky Nolasco, who pitched seven innings.
St. Louis scored a run in the ninth and loaded the bases with two out, but Steve Cishek came to strike out pinch-hitter Matt Holliday looking to end the game.
Matheny liked the comeback bid.
“These guys have always shown that — they don’t give up,” Matheny said. “They keep coming. That will pay off in the long run.”
Aside from the ninth inning, the Cardinals did little. All of their hits were singles, and with Holliday and NL batting leader Yadier Molina out of the starting lineup and given a day to rest, St. Louis went down in order in five of the first six innings.
Carlos Beltran finished 0-for-4 to end the longest active hitting streak in the majors at 14 games. Matt Carpenter was also hitless and went 7-for-38 (.184) on the trip.
Jon Jay and Matt Adams drove in St. Louis’ runs.
The Marlins have won eight of the past 14 games, their best stretch this season.
Mets 4, Cubs 3
NEW YORK (AP) — Kirk Nieuwenhuis hit a three-run homer that capped a four-run rally in the bottom of the ninth inning, and the New York Mets salvaged what had been shaping up as another sorry afternoon, startling the Chicago Cubs 4-3 on Sunday.
Matt Garza pitched seven scoreless innings, and the Cubs scored twice on a madcap play that featured three bad throws by Mets infielders, giving Chicago a 3-0 lead.
But New York came back against Carlos Marmol (2-4)in the ninth, starting with Marlon Byrd’s leadoff home run. Nieuwenhuis connected with one out in the ninth.
Bobby Parnell (5-3) pitched the top of the ninth. Mets starter Jeremy Hefner allowed one earned run and struck out five in five innings.
Garza gave up three hits and struck out five, and was all set up for his second win in five starts this season.
The Cubs had used closer Kevin Gregg on four consecutive days and manager Dale Sveum turned to Marmol, who had been unseated as closer earlier this season.
Braves 3, Giants 0
ATLANTA (AP) — Freddie Freeman singled three times and drove in one run, and Julio Teheran pitched six innings to lead Atlanta over San Francisco.
Teheran (5-3) allowed seven hits and one walk. The 22-year-old struck out eight and got a few stellar plays from outfielders Jason Heyward and Justin Upton in the fourth, and by Andrelton Simmons at shortstop in the sixth that kept a run from scoring.

Published in The Messenger 6.17.13

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