June 26, 2012; Miami, FL, USA; St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina (4) connects for a three run home during the first inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE

Marlins Vs. Cardinals: Two 1st Inning Errors And 5 St. Louis Runs Put Miami In Last Place

The St. Louis Cardinals scored five runs in the first inning and never looked back in a series-clinching second game at Marlins Park.

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Cardinals Vs. Marlins Final Score: Miami Avoids Sweep In 5-3 Win

The Miami Marlins looked as if they may get swept by the St. Louis Cardinals, going down early in the game 2-0 in the first inning. After a few scoreless innings the Marlins were able to get on the scoreboard and tie the game. The Marlins got on the board with a John Buck single followed up by a Jose Reyes fielder's choice to tie the game at 2-2.

The Cardinals took a short 3-2 lead on a Tony Cruz solo home run, but that was immediately answered by a John Buck solo shot, followed up by a Logan Morrison solo shot to give the Marlins a 4-3 lead. Miami picked up another run in the bottom of the eighth inning and were able to hold on for the 5-3 win and avoid the sweep.

For more news, analysis, and discussion on the Marlins, visit Fish Stripes. For more on the St. Louis Cardinals check out Viva El Birdos. Head over to Baseball Nation for more news and notes from around the Major Leagues.

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Cardinals Vs. Marlins Score Update: Miami Down Early, 2-0

The Miami Marlins are trying to avoid a sweep by the St. Louis Cardinals, but are off to a slow start through the middle of the first inning. The Cardinals once again jumped out to an early lead on the Fish, picking up two runs in the top of the first inning. Carlos Beltran picked up an RBI on a sacrifice fly. Just moments later David Freese doubled to left field to knock in Matt Holliday.

Annibel Sanchez gave up just three hits in the first inning, but on two of those hits he gave up two runs, putting the Marlins in an early hole. Sanchez has already picked up a walk, so will need to settle down or hope the Marlins bats can get things going against Joe Kelly.

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Marlins Vs. Cardinals: Can Miami Avoid The Sweep?

The Miami Marlins will try to take at least one game of their series against the visiting St. Louis Cardinals. A win might also bolster the Marlins' sagging fortunes. They have one win in their last nine games.

On the mound to help stop the skid is Anibal Sanchez, who could use a reversal of fortunes himself. The right-hander got off to a hot start. His ERA was as low as 2.01 on May 8. Sanchez failed to make it through four innings in his last start, getting pounded for six runs against the Blue Jays over the weekend. He lost seven of his last nine starts.

The Cardinals turn to rookie Joe Kelly, who hit drove in the game-winning run as a pinch hitter in the 10th inning on Monday. In three starts this season, Kelly has a 1-0 record, a 3.52 ERA, eight strike outs and two walks.

The game starts at 7:10 p.m. Eastern. Fans can watch it on Fox Sports Florida.

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Cardinals Vs. Marlins Recap: Disastrous 1st Inning Spurs Cardinals to 5-2 Win

The Florida Marlins continued their June woes on Tuesday night when they dropped the second game of their series against the Cardinals, 5-2. The Fish are now in last place in the NL East and after an ugly month in interleague, things haven't got much better with their return to the senior circuit. Heath Bell blew a four-run lead on Monday in a crushing extra-innings loss but on Tuesday night the Cardinals did all their damage early. St. Louis scored five runs in the first inning off Carlos Zambrano -- they would not score again but that's all they would need as the Miami lineup was silent against Kyle Lohse.

Zambrano went 7.2 innings and did not end up being credited with a single run, as two first-inning errors resulted in all five runs being designated as unearned. The first error was a throwing misfire by Zambrano and the second was a costly mishap by Jose Reyes. A three-run homer from Yadier Molina sealed the five-run rally and the Cards never looked back.

Miami scored just two off Lohse and never really threatened after the disastrous first inning. Giancarlo Stanton hammered his 17th homer of the year but there were few other highlights. The Marlins will try to avoid the sweep on Wednesday with Anibal Sanchez on the mound.

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Marlins Vs. Cardinals: Tuesday Starting Lineups

One night removed from falling 8-7 to the St. Louis Cardinals in 10 innings, the Miami Marlins send Carlos Zambrano to the mound, as they look to bounce back after dropping six out of their last seven contests. At 34-39, Miami is tied for last place in the N.L. East with the Philadelphia Phillies. For the Cardinals, Kyle Lohse, who is 6-2 with a 2.85 ERA this season, takes the hill.

First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. EST

Here are tonight's lineups:

Cardinals (39-35)

Rafael Furcal SS
Jon Jay CF
Matt Holliday LF
Carlos Beltran RF
Allen Craig 1B
Yadier Molina C
Skip Schumaker 2B
Daniel Descalso 3B
Kyle Lohse P

Marlins (34-39)

Jose Reyes SS
Hanley Ramirez 3B
Giancarlo Stanton RF
Logan Morrison LF
Greg Dobbs 1B
Omar Infante 2B
Scott Cousins CF
John Buck C
Carlos Zambrano P

For more news, analysis, and discussion on the Marlins, visit Fish Stripes. Head over to Baseball Nation for more news and notes from around the Major Leagues.

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Marlins Vs. Cardinals Preview: Zambrano, Marlins Looking To Bounce Back From Slumps

With a 10-inning loss to the Cardinals on Monday, the struggles of the Miami Marlins continued as they fell to last in the NL East standings. On Tuesday the Marlins will look to shake off their slump with Carlos Zambrano set to take the mound against Kyle Lohse.

Zambrano has a slump of his own to shake off as he has been unable to pick up a win in each of his last three starts. His last start on Thursday, June 21 was the first time in three games that he was able to finish the third inning; however, his three earned runs through five innings weren't enough to warrant a decision. Zambrano has seen his ERA balloon from 2.81 to 4.01 in his last three starts.

Alternatively, Lohse has found relative success in June, although he has earned only one win during the month. His last performance was a strong one, although it didn't earn him a decision. Lohse threw in seven innings for the Cardinals against the Tigers, allowing just four hits and one earned run.

The first pitch is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. ET and will be televised on Fox Sports Florida and Fox Sports Midwest.

For more news, analysis, and discussion on the Marlins, visit Fish Stripes. Head over to Baseball Nation for more news and notes from around the Major Leagues.

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Cardinals Vs. Marlins Recap: Heath Bell Blows 4-Run Lead, St. Louis Wins It In 10 Innings

The Miami Marlins returned to National League baseball on Monday night after an ugly month of interleague play. But the gut-wrenching losses continued against the Cardinals on Monday night when Heath Bell coughed up a four-run lead in the top of the ninth which evened the game at 6-6. The Cardinals then sealed the win the very next inning with two more runs in the tenth for an 8-7 win. After being shutout through the first six innings, the Cards scored eight runs over a four-inning stretch for the improbable win.

Bell simply came unglued in the top of the ninth. Rafael Furcal led of the inning with a walk and Matt Holliday promptly followed with a double ripped to the gap in right-center. Carlos Beltran knocked in Furcal and Allen Craig brought home Holliday on a sacrifice fly. Yadier Molina followed up with the dagger, ripping one over the fence in left for a two-run shot to even things up at six. Chad Gaudin would yield two more in the top of the tenth, with a Furcal double doing the damage to score Tyler Greene for the go-ahead run.

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Marlins Vs. Cardinals Monday Lineup: Ricky Nolasco Looking For A Rebound

The Miami Marlins welcome the St. Louis Cardinals to town on Monday night for the start of a three-game series. Ricky Nolasco will be on the hill for Miami looking to get his season back on track. St. Louis turns to Jake Westbrook as they try to climb back into the NL Central race.

With interleague play finished, the Marlins lineup looks very familiar.

1. Jose Reyes SS
2. Hanley Ramirez 3B
3. Giancarlo Stanton RF
4. Logan Morrison LF
5. Greg Dobbs 1B
6. Omar Infante 2B
7. Scott Cousins CF
8. John Buck C
9. Ricky Nolasco P

The Cardinals will bat Matt Holliday and Carlos Beltran in the third and fourth spot. Their lineup looks like this:

1. Rafael Furcal SS
2. Jon Jay CF
3. Matt Holliday RF
4. Carols Beltran LF
5. Allen Craig 1B
6. Yadier Molina C
7. David Freese 3B
8. Daniel Descalso 2B
9. Jake Westbrook P

For more news, analysis, and discussion on the Marlins, visit Fish Stripes. Head over to Baseball Nation for more news and notes from around the Major Leagues.

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Marlins Vs. Cardinals Preview: Miami Looks For First Winning Streak Since Early June

The Marlins are looking for back-to-back wins for the first time since June 2 and 3. They face the St. Louis Cardinals at Marlins Park on Monday.

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