Liner off Marlins pitcher lifts Cardinals after HBPs

Liner off Marlins pitcher lifts Cardinals after HBPs

MIAMI -- Mark Reynolds notched a go-ahead RBI single off reliever Sam Dyson's leg in the seventh inning Tuesday night as the Cardinals came from behind to defeat the Marlins, 4-3, in the series opener at Marlins Park. Miami's Giancarlo Stanton connected on his 26th home run of the season in the opening frame, but Cardinals starter Carlos Martinez settled down to go seven innings and didn't allow a run after the second.

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"That was situational hitting, and we kept missing it with double plays, not just strikeouts, and not putting the pressure on the defense," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said. "We needed that big hit and Mark Reynolds did a great job."

After Stanton's two-run blast in the first, Adeiny Hechavarria put the Marlins up 3-0 in the second with an RBI single. But the Cardinals answered right back with three fourth-inning runs, thanks to Jason Heyward's eighth homer of the season followed by a two-run double by Xavier Scruggs, who went 3-for-4 with the two RBIs.

Scruggs' game-tying double

The score remained the same until the seventh, when Scruggs singled and Martinez and Randal Grichuk were hit by pitches by Dyson to load the bases. That set up Reynolds, who delivered an RBI infield single that ricocheted off Dyson, allowing the go-ahead run to score.

Dyson (3-3, 4.09 ERA) was tagged with the loss in relief of starter Jose Urena (five innings, six hits, three runs). For the Cardinals, Martinez allowed eight hits and struck out nine, and Trevor Rosenthal recorded his 22nd save of the season.

"There's a reason [the Cardinals] have the record they have, and when you get leadoff guys on, you've got to get them over and get them in, and unfortunately we didn't do that tonight," Miami manager Dan Jennings said of the Marlins, who went 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position.

Reynolds delivers in clutch: Reynolds, starting in place of Matt Carpenter, was in a quick 0-2 hole in the top of the seventh with the bases loaded, two outs and the score tied at 3. However, the veteran slugger worked the count back full against Dyson. On the seventh pitch of the at-bat, Reynolds knocked a hard grounder up the middle off Dyson's leg. Hechavarria tried to make a play on it, but Reynolds beat out the off-balanced throw to first.

Reynolds' bases-loaded single

"I spread out and went no stride and just straight slap hitter," Reynolds said. "I was able to lay off some sliders in the dirt and got a pitch I could hit and was glad it didn't bounce to anybody." More >

Dyson struggles: After a scoreless sixth in relief of Urena, Dyson gave up two hits, hit two batters and allowed the go-ahead run in the seventh on Reynolds' hard comebacker. More >

Martinez escapes fifth: After allowing a leadoff double to Dee Gordon in the fifth inning, Martinez (8-3, 2.89 ERA) appeared to be in danger having to face Miami's 2-3-4 hitters. But he kept Gordon on second on J.T. Realmuto's groundout to short and struck out Christian Yelich for the second out. Then, after intentionally walking Stanton, Martinez struck out Derek Dietrich to escape the inning unharmed and keep the score locked at 3. More >

Martinez fans nine over seven

Monstrous blast: Stanton's two-run homer deep over the wall in left-center field in the first was his MLB-leading 26th this season, and it landed a projected 479 feet away, according to Statcast™, his longest home run of the season. It had an exit velocity of 119 mph. More >

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"The guys in the dugout are like, 'We finally found a third baseman.'" -- Reynolds, on reaction to his seventh-inning hit

Urena recorded his first career hit in the second inning, but not before a review. With a runner on first, Urena bunted down the first-base line and was called out on the tag of Scruggs. But Jennings challenged the call, and it was overturned after two minutes and 38 seconds, as the replay showed Scruggs missed the tag.

Urena sprints by the tag

Coming off an off-day on Monday, Matheny decided to sit Carpenter in an effort to give the .291 hitter extra rest. While Matheny said he was available for action, Carpenter didn't participate in any on-field pregame activities.

"I was just looking for a day," Matheny said. "He came in today a little tight in his mid-back, so he wasn't happy about me making a scratch on him. But it was actually about figuring out how to get him a couple days."

Cardinals: Jaime Garcia (2-3, 1.76 ERA) gets the ball for the 6:10 p.m. CT start in the second game of the three-game set at Marlins Park on Wednesday. The lefty has a 14-inning scoreless streak over his last two starts.

Marlins: Mat Latos (2-4, 5.37 ERA) takes the mound Wednesday and will be seeking his third win of the season. The right-hander is 5-5 lifetime against St. Louis, but has struggled at Marlins Park, where he has a 7.90 ERA this season.

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