MIAMI(AP) The St.Louis Cardinals broke out of their scoring drought in a big way.
finished a single shy of the cycle and
also homered as the Cardinals snapped a five-game losing streak with a 13-4 victory over the
on Wednesday night.
The Cardinals scored their season high in runs on 18 hits. It was the most runs scored by St. Louis since Aug. 18, 2008, at
Atlanta in an 18-3 win. The Cardinals totaled only 12 runs during their losing skid.
''A lot of good swings,'' Cardinals manager
Tony La Russa
said. ''We had some two-strike base hits. This is stuff the guys have been working hard on and hopefully we can build on.''
went a career-best 4 for 4, all singles, scored twice and drove in a run, while
had a career-high three hits.
''It was big for our offense, we've been struggling,'' Ankiel said. ''To come out there and keep it going the whole game.
It wasn't just one inning. Every inning we came out there and pounded it out, a knock here and there, and scored a bunch of
(6-4) allowed four runs and four hits over seven innings to break a personal two-game losing streak.
''It was a big win that we needed today,'' Wainwright said. ''I kept us in it. It wasn't my sharpest day but seven innings
kept the bullpen out of it. My team gave me a lead and the main focus for me was holding that lead.''
(4-6) allowed six runs and 10 hits over 5 2-3 innings in losing his third consecutive start.
''It just wasn't a good night for me. I was getting ahead of guys and couldn't finish them off,'' Volstad said. ''Balls were
up in the zone and not really moving a whole lot. Just one of those nights. Inconsistency.''
The Cardinals took a 3-0 lead in the first when
doubled with one out,
walked and Rasmus hit the first pitch from Volstad over the wall in right field. Rasmus, a 22-year-old rookie, was batting
clean up for the second straight game. Fifteen of Rasmus's last 18 hits have been for extra bases.
The Marlins got one run back in the bottom of the inning on an RBI single by
St. Louis made it 4-1 in the second on
's RBI double, a run Florida got back in the third on
's run-scoring single.
Greene drove in a run in the fourth with a single.
drove in his first run for the Marlins in the fifth with a single.
Ankiel led off the sixth with a triple and
followed with a single to make it 6-3.
Trailing 6-3, the Marlins loaded the bases with two outs in the sixth but Wainwright struck out Ramirez looking.
''That was a huge punchout,'' La Russa said. ''The game could have changed dramatically if Ramirez gets a hit there. He (Wainwright)
really rose to the occasion.''
Hermida, who hit a walkoff homer in the ninth for the Marlins on Tuesday, made it 6-4 in the seventh with a solo homer off
St. Louis broke it open with four runs in the eighth off reliever
and Ankiel hit a two-run homer off reliever
in the ninth.
''We banged with them for six, seven innings and then the last two innings they just got ahead of us,'' Marlins manager Fredi
Gonzalez said. ''It's a good club over there.''
Pujols, mired in an 0-for-15 slump and hitless in his last four games, singled in the third and finished 1 for 4.
NOTES: Cantu left the game in the top of the seventh because of dizziness. ... The gash above Marlins C
left eye when he struck by Pujols' backswing on Tuesday took six stitches to close. He is day-to-day and available only in
an emergency. ... Cardinals utility player
is with his wife, Raquel, in California for the birth of their daughter. He was expected to be back Thursday.