Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Cards Have Perfect Ending to Trip

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Cards Have Perfect Ending to Trip

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MIAMI * Cardinals center fielder Dexter Fowler hasn't been able to play in the field for a week now since he hurt his right shoulder diving for a fly ball. But he hasn't exactly been inactive the last couple of days.

After singling as a pinch hitter in the ninth inning to win Tuesday night's game, Fowler emerged as a pinch hitter again in the sixth inning Wednesday night. This time, he tripled in two runs off Miami lefthanded rookie Jarlin Garcia and then scored a third run in the inning on Kolten Wong's sacrifice fly.

When the frame ended, the Cardinals, who trailed 4-0 after one inning, had surged into a 6-4 lead. Getting five innings of one-run relief from their bullpen, they held on for a 7-5 triumph that capped an historic 6-0 trip, with consecutive three-game sweeps at Atlanta and Marlins Park.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Cardinals never had won all the games on a trip of six or more games in their 126-season history.

With nine wins in a row on the road and 16 wins in their last 21 games overall after starting out 3-9, they return home to greet the World Series champion Chicago Cubs on Friday as the first-place team in the National League Central Division.

Fowler chased home Tommy Pham and Magneuris Sierra, both of whom had singled. The lefthanded-hitting Sierra, who is replacing Fowler, is three for five against lefthanded pitching now and has scored two runs in each of the last three games.

The Marlins got one run back off lefthander Brett Cecil in the sixth. But Cecil fanned Christian Yelich with two runners on for the second out. And, after righthander Jonathan Broxton walked Marcell Ozuna to load the bases, the 290-pounder jumped to snag Giancarlo Stanton's chopper and got the out at first to keep the Cardinals in front.

But the Cardinals recovered that run in the seventh and the bullpen locked it down, with Seung Hwan Oh getting a double play on lethal Giancarlo Stanton in the ninth.

Jedd Gyorko, who had three hits, walked with one out in the seventh and went to second on Yadier Molina's second single. …

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