Molina, Cardinals rally past Alcantara, Marlins 4-2 – WSVN 7News | Miami News, Weather, Sports
MIAMI (AP) – Yadier Molina hit a groundbreaking sacrificial fly from Sandy Alcantara, who completed a triple rally in the sixth inning that sent the St. Louis Cardinals 4-2 against the Miami Marlins on Tuesday night.
Dylan Carson hit his second homer of the season for an insurance run in the ninth.
Alcantara was traded from St. Louis in a package to Miami for Marcell Ozuna in December 2017, three months after making his major league debut with Molina behind the plate.
The 25-year-old Alcantara (0-1) achieved a career high with 10 spikes in the first five innings and closed the Cardinals with two hits. Tommy Edman and Paul Goldschmidt opened the sixth with infield hits and a walk to Nolan Arenado weighed on the bases with no outs.
A ball passed gave the Cardinals a run and Paul DeJong’s RBI grounder made it 2-all. Molina, who also had two hits, hit a flyball that gave St. Louis the lead.
Cardinal’s starter pitcher John Gant struggled with his command early, but worked his way out of a no-out jam loaded with bases in the third. He hit four but went three over his four innings and benefited from two early doubles.
Ryan Helsley (1-0) won with relief and Alex Reyes scored 1 1/3 innings for his second save.
Miami got a gift run in the first game when left fielder Tyler O’Neill made two mistakes in the same game. After misplaying Starling Marte’s sharp line, O’Neill’s throw sailed to the backstop as Corey Dickerson sped home.
The Marlins added a run in the fifth when Jazz Chisholm, who doubled up for Miami’s only extra base hit, had a base-laden sacrificial fly.
Cardinals: LHP Kwang Hyun Kim played in a simulated game, but manager Mike Shildt had no specifics on the outcome of his pregame presser. Kim had recovered from the back stiffness and should throw about 75 pitches.
Marlins: RHP Elieser Hernandez is improving with right biceps inflammation after 10-day IL Monday, manager Don Mattingly said. The Marlins starter should undergo an MRI sometime on Tuesday to confirm the initial diagnosis. … IF / OF Garrett Cooper returned to the lineup after fully recovering from the side effects of a COVID-19 vaccination. RHP Jordan Holloway was selected as an option for the alternative training location.
Cardinals: RHP Jack Flaherty (0-0, 12.46) will take the hill on April 1st in Cincinnati after a shaky start.
Marlins: RHP Pablo Lopez (0-0, 0.00) starts for the second time after pitching five goalless innings against Tampa Bay on April 2nd.
Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.