MIAMI (AP) -The St. Louis Cardinals got just enough from their 18 hits to hang on.
went 4-for-4 and
hit a go-ahead double in the seventh inning, leading
and the Cardinals over the
6-4 Wednesday night.
LaRue hit a two-out, two-run double with the bases loaded to break a tie at 2. Glaus tried to score from first base on the
play but was thrown out at the plate.
''You have to make the most of every at-bat and every opportunity,'' LaRue said. ''I'm a guy who in the past has played a
lot, but I accept this role and don't put any added pressure on myself. You just have to go out there with confidence.''
Looper (11-9) gave up one earned run and five hits in seven innings. He walked one and struck out five.
''That's a dangerous lineup over there and they can really make you pay,'' Looper said. ''You have to stay focused and minimize
the bad pitches and I was able to do that.''
The Marlins scored twice in the eighth to pull within 5-4. Reliever
to ground into an inning-ending double play with the bases loaded.
''I want to be the guy up in that situation every time, I just haven't been getting too many hits in that situation lately,''
said Willingham, batting .219 with runners in scoring position.
Glaus hit an RBI double in the ninth and Perez closed for his third save.
It was 2-all in the St. Louis seventh when
fell behind in the count 2-0 on Glaus and issued an intentional walk. LaRue, a backup catcher to
, followed with his double.
allowed two runs and 10 hits in six innings.
''He gave up a lot of hits but he never gave up the big inning,'' Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez said.
Schumaker had an RBI single in the eighth.
hit an RBI single and
doubled home a run in the bottom half.
Earlier in the Florida eighth, the Marlins had runners at first and third with no outs.
hit a long fly and left fielder
jumped to make a catch against the scoreboard.
''That was huge,'' Cardinals manager
Tony La Russa
said. ''Gonzalez gets that off the wall and we're in trouble. If he doesn't make that catch the whole inning changes and we're
looking at the possibility of a big inning.''
Gonzalez had a different take.
''That's the way my night went,'' said Gonzalez, who went 0-for-5 batting in the No. 2 spot.
Looper's infield hit in the sixth set up
's second sacrifice fly of the game, tying it at 2.
Florida went ahead 2-1 in the fifth when
's bloop single with the bases loaded scored
. Looper escaped further damage by getting Gonzalez to ground into a double play.
The Marlins scored an unearned run in the first after Glaus' error at third base.
Notes: It was Glaus' second four-hit game of the year and ninth of his career. ... Florida will seek a series split in the
four-game finale on Thursday night. The Marlins haven't won consecutive games since July 30-31. ... It was the 11th time the
Cardinals had at least 18 hits and scored six or fewer runs. The previous time was Aug. 30, 1990, at Atlanta when St. Louis
scored five runs on 19 hits. ... Florida threw out multiple runners on the basepaths for the fourth time this season.