From beginning to end, it was pure dominance by the St. Louis Cardinals.
Adam Wainwright (6-5) scattered seven hits through his first five innings, but escaped trouble with the help of nine strikeouts. He retired the final seven batters he faced in the game, and left to a rousing ovation.
The Cardinals beat the Marlins for the sixth time in their last seven games at Busch Stadium. Miami has lost three of its last four games.
Paul Goldschmidt, who is currently leading the NL in MVP voting, hit a solo homer in the first, his second in as many games, traveled 402 feet before crashing off the Big Mac Land sign in left field. The home run gives him 19 on the season already.
Not to be outdone on the night, however, was rookie Juan Yepez. Yepez has three home runs in his last two games, hit two runs on Monday.
Marlins: Reinstated 3B Brian Anderson (left lower back muscle spasm) from the 10-day injured list and optioned INF Luke Williams to Triple-A Jacksonville.
Cardinals: Selected rookie RHP James Naile and rookie OF Conner Capel from Triple-A Memphis. Both made their debuts; Naile pitched a scoreless eighth and Capel played left field as a defensive replacement in the ninth.
(Photo by Laurie Skrivan)