St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) - Matt
Holliday hit a solo homer and Lance Lynn spun seven strong innings as
the St. Louis Cardinals edged the Miami Marlins, 3-2, to complete a
three-game sweep at Busch Stadium.
Lynn (11-3) gave up two runs on seven hits while striking out seven to earn his first win since June 20.
Craig added an RBI and Carlos Beltran had two hits and stole home for
the Cardinals, winners in four of their last five games. Edward Mujica
worked a perfect ninth inning to notch his 23rd save of the season.
Adeiny Hechavarria and Jeff Mathis drove in one run apiece for the Marlins, who have dropped four of their last six games.
Jose Fernandez (5-5) allowed three runs on four hits and four walks while fanning five over six innings to absorb the loss.
Holliday homered in the first inning to give the Cardinals an early lead.
The Marlins tied the game in the second. Derek Dietrich doubled, then scored on Hechavarria's base hit to right field.
Louis added a pair of runs in the third, with Craig scoring Matt
Carpenter with a sacrifice fly to right field to put the Cardinals
Beltran moved to third on the sacrifice fly to put runners
on the corners for David Freese, who ended up striking out. Holliday,
though, broke for second on the play and quickly retreated back to
first, giving Beltran an opportunity to steal home. As Beltran broke for
the plate, Miami first baseman Logan Morrison fired the ball home. His
throw was off target and Beltran slid by safely to make it 3-1.
Mathis singled home Marcell Ozuna in the fourth to pull the Marlins within 3-2.
Marlins put runners on the corners with one out in the eighth.
Cardinals reliever Trevor Rosenthal struck out Ozuna, but hit Dietrich
with a pitch to load the bases. Rosenthal, though, got pinch-hitter Greg
Dobbs to ground out to end the threat.