Cardinals strand 11 runners, lose 3-2 to Marlins

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The Cardinals banged out 12 hits on Friday night at Busch Stadium, but stranded 11 runners on base and lost to the Miami Marlins 3-2. Three costly errors by the Cardinals turned the game around for the Marlins. David Freese opened the scoring with an RBI double to score Allen Craig in the second inning giving the Redbirds a 1-0 lead. But Freese’s second error of the sixth inning allowed the Marlins Hanley Ramirez to score the tieing run.

Jake Westbrook’s throwing error on Miami’s Jose Reyes infield single allowed Greg Dobbs to score the go ahead 2-1 run. Logan Morrison’s solo home run off Maikel Cleto gave the Marlins a 3-1 eighth inning lead. The Cardinals rallied in the ninth scoring a run on Rafael Furcal’s infield hit to cut the Miami lead to 3-2. But Heath Bell retired Carlos Beltran on a grounder to second base to end the game and hand the Cards a 3-2 loss.

The good news, the Pirates lost to the Giants on Friday night, so the Cardinals still trail first place Pittsburgh by two and a half games.