The Cardinals staged a dramatic comeback on Monday night to beat the Miami Marlins 8-7 in Florida. St. Louis scored four runs in the 9th inning to tie it, then won the game with two runs in the 10th inning.
Yadier Molina’s two out, two run home run off Marlins closer Heath Bell tied the game at 6-6. Then the Cardinals got two runs in the 10th inning, on a run scoring double by Rafael Furcal and pitcher Joe Kelly’s infield single. For Kelly, it was his first major league hit and gave the Redbirds an 8-6 lead. Jason Motte gave up one run in the bottom of the 10th inning, but finally retired the Marlins to get his 15th save of the season.
The win is the fourth consecutive for the surging Cardinals. This game had everything, including Cardinals base runner Shane Robinson getting hit by Matt Holliday’s grounder with the bases loaded and two outs in the 7th inning. That play ended a rally. In the 9th inning, there was a long delay over confusion in the Cardinals lineup, which resulted in the Cardinals having to replace 1st baseman Allen Craig with Tony Cruz.