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Lynn, Cards top Marlins

Coverage of today's Cards and Marlins game can be heard on Newstalk 97.3 WTIM beginning at 12:40pm.

St. Louis, MO (SportsNetwork.com) - Lance Lynn pitched into the seventh inning 
and  the St.  Louis Cardinals grabbed a  3-2 win over the Miami Marlins in the 
opener of a three-game set. 

Lynn (9-6) gave up five hits and three walks while striking out six over 6 2/3 
scoreless  innings for  the Cardinals,  who  have won  three straight.  Yadier 
Molina and Oscar Taveras each drove in a run. 

"I  had really good  fastball command out there today," said Lynn. "I was able 
to mix in breaking pitches as we went then I got that sinker in there, too." 

Nathan  Eovaldi  (5-4) pitched six innings  and allowed three runs on six hits 
for the Marlins, who have lost their past two. 

The Cardinals  got a  leadoff double  from Matt Carpenter  to start the sixth 
inning. Matt Holliday followed with a single to put runners on the corners and 
a wild pitch from Eovaldi brought home the first run of the game. 

After  Jhonny Peralta  flied out, Molina doubled home another run, and Taveras 
followed with a ground-rule double for a 3-0 lead. 

"I thought he was good and I would have loved to see him get through the sixth 
there,"  said Miami manager Mike Redmond. "But that's been a real tough inning 
for our young guys here and it was again tonight." 

Miami left runners at first and second in the first inning, while Ed Lucas was 
stranded at second after leading off the sixth with a double. 

A pair of walks by Miami in the seventh saw Lynn get replaced with two outs in 
the  inning,  and Sam Freeman  got Christian Yelich to  ground out and end the 
frame. 

Pat  Neshek  came on in  the eighth for  St. Louis and  got the first two outs 
before  Casey McGehee  singled and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Garrett 
Jones  then hit a  single to shallow center to put runners on the corners, but 
Neshek struck out Jarrod Saltalamacchia to end the frame. 

Trevor Rosenthal was on the mound in the ninth to close the game, but got into 
trouble  as  the first three batters  reached base on  a pair of singles and a 
hit-by-pitch. 

Yelich  then  lofted a fly ball  to left that went  off the glove of a sliding 
Holliday  to  bring home  the first  run. Lucas then  struck out and Giancarlo 
Stanton worked a full count before taking ball four to make it a 3-2 game. 

Rosenthal, though, got McGehee to hit into a 5-4-3 double play to end the game 
and pick up his 26th save of the season. 

                                   Game Notes 

Before  the  game, the Marlins placed  outfielder Derek Dietrich on the 15-day 
disabled list and recalled outfielder Jake Marisnick from Triple-A New Orleans 
... Miami fell to 11-11 on the Fourth of July, while the Cardinals improved to 
91-92-2 ... McGehee has an 11-game hitting streak. 

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