MIAMI -- For the second time in as many cities on this road trip along the East Coast, the Cardinals were left with only salvaging a series in the finale and then skedaddling to the next stop on the schedule.
They are 2-0 in those games.
A moribund road trip that included more of the same offensively from the Cardinals, ended on a high note not because of the 5-2 victory against the Marlins but because of the starter who kept Miami quiet. In his third start for the Cardinals since coming to them from Cleveland, Justin Masterson was the pitcher they believed they were acquiring and the pitcher he has aimed to be since coming back from a knee injury.
Masterson needed 10 pitches to complete a scoreless first inning, 30 pitches to get through three innings, and 44 pitches to complete four scoreless.
The Marlins continued beating Masterson's sinker into the ground.
The pitch that had failed him in Baltimore found him in Miami. He fell behind to the first batter he faced and then stayed ahead of the Marlins the rest of the way as the Cardinals did what they could offensively. In an echo of their single-single-single attack that brought them a victory Sunday against the Orioles, the Cardinals tied hits together to create their rallies.
Matt Carpenter had three singles in his first three at-bats and he scored twice -- once on a two-out single and then later on an error.
Matt Adams had the two-run single that put the Cardinals ahead and kept an offensive opportunity against Nathan Eovaldi vanish in the third inning. Masterson had an RBI single with two outs in the sixth inning to save Oscar Taveras from a baserunning mistake or a perhaps a baserunning limitation because of something physical. It wasn't immediately clear during the game.
Matt Holliday left the game as well for an undisclosed reason.
The Marlins fended off a shut out wit a couple runs in the ninth inning off lefty Kevin Siegrist. Pinch-hitter Jeff Baker provided both on a home run. The shot was the sixth pinch-hit home run of his career. Trevor Rosenthal came in to strike out the only batter he faced and end the game.
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