The Miami Marlins clinched a series victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday with a 3-0 win.
Jarred Cosart returned to the mound after missing a start and gave the Marlins seven sparkling innings. The effort gave Cosart his first win since joining Miami as he dropped his debut. The 24-year old allowed three hits and one walk.
Cosart struck out three and was efficient in most of his innings. On the season, the right-hander now has a 4.27 E.R.A and is 10-8. A.J. Ramos worked a 1-2-3 inning in the eighth for his 15th hold of the year.
In the ninth, Bryan Morris was given the chance to close things out. The Marlins' closer, Steve Cishek has worked heavily in recent days and has also struggled multiple times. Morris was unable to complete the sweep however and was lifted with runners on the corners and two outs.
Manager Mike Redmond elected to bring in Mike Dunn when lefty Matt Adams entered the game as a pinch-hitter. Dunn struck Adams out to end the game and pick up his first save of the year.
The Marlins scored all three of their runs in the fourth inning with the big blow coming courtesy of Donovan Solano. The second baseman showed a rare moment of power when he sent his second home run of the year to left-field. The blast clanked off the foul pole and gave Miami a three-run lead.
Prior to the home run, the Marlins got on the board with a run-scoring single off the bat of Jarrod Saltalamacchia. The catcher now has 34 runs batted in on the season.
Casey McGehee stayed hot with a two-hit day including his 26th double of the year. A night after hitting two home runs and flashing gold glove caliber defense, Giancarlo Stanton had a quiet night. The slugger was 0-2 with two walks and he also hit into a pair of double plays.
Miami will try to complete a sweep on Wednesday when it sends Nathan Eovaldi to the mound to take on Justin Masterson and the Cardinals.