The St. Louis Cardinals beat the Miami Marlins 3-2 on Friday which began a weekend series between the teams.
Nathan Eovaldi cruised for the first five innings of the game but things crumbled in the sixth. The Cardinals scored three times in the inning. The last two runs came home on misplayed balls in right field by Giancarlo Stanton.
Stanton was furious with himself after the second play and could be seen slapping the wall immediately. After the inning concluded, Stanton slammed his glove in the dugout as well.
Eovaldi struck out and walked a pair while losing the fourth time this season. In all, Eovaldi went six innings and surrendered the aforementioned three runs on six hits. His E.R.A for the year now stands at 2.75.
Dan Jennings worked a scoreless seventh inning to keep the deficit at three. Mike Dunn did the same in the eighth inning which kept Miami in the game in the final frame. They rallied against the Cardinals' closer in the ninth but fell short.
The lineup for Miami scattered had ten hits with three coming in the ninth inning. Both of the runs came in that ninth with one scoring on a dropped ball in left-field. The other run scored when Stanton walked with the bases loaded. The game ended when Casey McGehee hit into a game-ending double-play.
The Marlins will look to return to the win column on Saturday when they have Andrew Heaney on the mound looking for his first career big league win.