Miami, FL (Sports Network) - Ricky Nolasco dazzled St. Louis hitters over seven strong innings as the Miami Marlins cruised past the Cardinals, 7-2, in the rubber match of a three-game set at Marlins Park.
Nolasco (4-7) scattered three hits and allowed just on run to earn his first win since May 19.
Placido Polanco, Justin Ruggiano and Juan Pierre each drove in a pair of runs for the Marlins, winners in five of their last eight games.
"Pierre had a big hit, and seems like anybody we're putting up in those kind of situations is coming through for us. I think guys sense that and you can just kind of see the confidence," said Marlins manager Mike Redmond.
Tyler Lyons (2-3) was pegged with the loss after giving up six runs on eight hits over 5 1/3 innings.
"I made some mistakes with guys on base. You can't walk the pitcher, just little things like that. I just never got in a groove all day," Lyons said.
Jon Jay and Matt Adams drove in one run apiece for the Cardinals, who dropped just their third series of the season.
Miami plated a pair of runs in the first inning. Pierre reached on a leadoff single then moved to third after Giancarlo Stanton smoked a double off the fence in left field. Ruggiano followed with a base hit to right-center to plate both runners.
The Cards got on the board in the third inning. Daniel Descalso singled, moved to second on Lyons' sacrifice bunt before advancing to third on a wild pitch. After Matt Carpenter walked to put runners on the corners, Jay slapped a single through the left side of the infield to push Descalso across to make it 2-1.
The Marlins added a pair of runs in both the fourth and fifth innings.
Polanco reached on a soft line drive to right field with two outs in the fourth. Lyons then hit Jeff Mathis with a pitch before walking Ricky Nolasco to load the bases for Pierre, who dropped a two-run single into right field.
In the fifth, Polanco smacked a two-run double to center to give the Marlins a 6-1 edge.
Adieny Hechavarria's RBI single in the seventh made it a six-run game, and Adams added an RBI single in the ninth to account for the final margin.
Steve Cishek struck out pinch-hitter Matt Holliday with the bases loaded to end the game and record his ninth save of the year.