's first career game-winning homer ended what had started as a matchup between aces.
Hermida homered leading off the ninth inning, lifting the
to a 4-3 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday night.
Hermida hit a 1-1 pitch from reliever
(2-2) into the right-field seats. It came after
(2-1) pitched a scoreless ninth for the Marlins, who rallied from an early three-run hole.
''He hung a slider a little bit and I was able to get the barrel on it and keep it fair,'' Hermida said. ''All I was thinking
''It wasn't a matter of me wishing I had the pitch back when I threw it,'' Motte said. ''It just didn't have the outcome I
and Marlins counterpart
pitched well, but neither figured into the decision.
Carpenter allowed three runs in six innings after having given up three runs in his first six starts combined. His ERA rose
from 0.79 to 1.23.
''I didn't throw well enough to win. I throw those same pitches another night and it might be a different outcome. You just
never know out there,'' Carpenter said.
Johnson has not given up more than three earned runs in any of his last 10 starts.
''I think the win belongs to J.J. still, so I wish we could just take it off my record and give it to him,'' Lindstrom said.
Johnson ran into trouble in the third when
led off with singles, and Ryan raced to third when left fielder
misplayed Schumaker's hit.
followed with an RBI single.
The Cardinals added two more runs when
doubled off the wall in right, but he was thrown out trying to stretch the hit into a triple.
cut the lead to 3-2 with his double in the third, and he drove in his career-high third run on a single in the fifth that
tied the game.
led off with a softly lined single to left. He moved to second on Johnson's sacrifice and took third on Coghlan's groundout.
Bonifacio then hit a sharp high bouncer to the box that Carpenter got his glove on but couldn't field.
''We just came up short. The hits that they got for runs were tough to take,'' Cardinals manager
Tony La Russa
needed six stitches after leaving the game in the sixth with a laceration over his left eye. He was hit in the head on a swing
by leadoff hitter
, who fouled off a pitch.
Notes: Florida selected LHP Chad James from Yukon HS in Oklahoma with the 18th overall pick in Tuesday night's amateur draft.
... St. Louis selected RHP Shelby Miller from Brownwood HS in Texas with the 19th overall pick. ... The Marlins were facing
a former Cy Young Award winner for the third straight game after opposing San Francisco's
on Sunday and Monday.