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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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