Molina’s walk-off spearheads Cardinals sweep of Marlins

For the second day in a row, the St. Louis Cardinals walk it off.

This time, the future Hall of Famer did the magic, as St. Louis swept Miami.

Yadier Molina hit a single in the bottom of the ninth that scored Paul Goldschmidt, who hit a walk-off home run the night before.

It was eighth career walk-off regular season hit for Molina.

“I’m ready for any spot but, I mean, you got to turn [up] your level in those kinds of spots, your concentration has to be there,” Molina said.

In the ninth, Goldschmidt reached on an error by shortstop Jazz Chisholm Jr. Following a walk by Matt Carpenter Molina singled off Marlins starter and former Cardinals pitcher Sandy Alcantara (4-6). It was a pitchers duel between Alcantara and Jose Ovideo throughout the majority of the game, with the latter pitching seven scoreless innings for St. Louis.

“I’m throwing my best pitch, trying to get a ground ball to make a quick double play over there, but he made an adjustment,” Alcantara said.

Meanwhile, for St. Louis, relievers Ryan Helsley and Andrew Miller combined for two scoreless innings out of the bullpen. Helsley got the win, improving to 4-4 on the season.

As for Ovideo, despite his spectacular performance, he still is seeking his first career win.

“Oviedo was really good today,” Molina said. “Every start he’s getting better and better. He’s gained more confidence, is attacking the zone more, the off-speed pitches — the curveball and the sliders — were very sharp.”

RHP John Gant (4-4, 3.86 ERA) will get the start tomorrow night for St. Louis as they face off against the Atlanta Braves.


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