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Daniel Descalso had three hits of the 14 hits for the Cardinals, who held on for the win despite leaving 12 men on base. They were 1 for 14 with runners in scoring position.
"That's part of the game," Pujols said.
Carpenter struck out seven and walked two. He's won six of his last seven decisions and defeated the Marlins for the first time since August 29, 2005.
"You want to make pitches, that's what you're supposed to do as a starter," Carpenter said. "You're trying to execute the whole game until your job is over and the manager comes out to take the ball from you. I was able to make pitches when I had to."
The Marlins made it 2-1 in the fourth when Dewayne Wise was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. Nolasco grounded into a double play to end the Marlins threat.
"That was a big part of the game," Carpenter said. "From that point on, I executed and made pitches."
NOTES: Marlins INF Alfredo Amezaga went 1 for 4 in his first game back with the team after they acquired him in a trade with the Rockies before the game. Amezaga said it was "like a dream come true again" to return to the club that he played with for four seasons (2006-09). ... Mired in a 1-for-17 slump, Cardinals OF Jon Jay singled in the eighth. ... Stanton notched his ninth outfield assist throwing out Berkman at second in the ninth. His nine assists are tied for second in the National League. ... LHP Jaime Garcia will start Sunday's game as the Cardinals look to complete the sweep. Garcia is 5-1 with a 1.54 ERA in 11 starts against NL East teams. The Marlins will counter with RHP Javier Vazquez, who is 4-2 with a 2.13 ERA in his last eight starts.
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