Five-run seventh helps Cardinals top Tigers
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[September 10, 2018]
St. Louis offense erupted for
five seventh-inning runs as the Cardinals salvaged the finale of a
three-game series, 5-2, over the host Detroit Tigers on Sunday
Gant (7-5) allowed two runs on five hits and struck out six. Carlos
Martinez got the last three outs for his second save.
Carson Kelly had two hits and an RBI, and Paul DeJong added two hits
and scored a run. St. Louis lost the first two games of the series
in walk-off fashion.
Detroit starter Michael Fulmer (3-11) was perfect through five but
was charged with five runs, three earned, on five hits in 6 1/3
innings. Nicholas Castellanos had two hits and a run scored.
Fulmer was in a groove from the start, striking out Matt Carpenter
looking. He recorded back-to-back strikeouts on Jose Martinez and
Matt Adams to end the fourth and whiffed Marcell Ozuna in the fifth.
The perfect game bid ended when he walked Yairo Munoz on a 3-2
pitch. Munoz was caught stealing on a pitchout, which proved to be a
Fulmer also walked the next batter, and the no-hit bid ended when
Kelly singled to right. But Fulmer responded by retiring Carpenter
and Martinez on fly balls.
Gant quietly kept the Tigers at bay, giving up just two hits in the
first six innings -- a double to Castellanos in the first and a bunt
single to Niko Goodrum in the fourth.
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Cardinals left fielder Marcell Ozuna (23) receives congratulations
from center fielder Yairo Munoz (34) after scoring in the seventh
inning against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Mandatory
Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
Fulmer struck out Adams to open the seventh, but the Cardinals
suddenly got hot. Ozuna and DeJong reached on infield singles, and
Kolten Wong hit another one to left field, bringing in Ozuna. Munoz
followed with a sacrifice fly to make it 2-0.
Kelly's RBI infield single ended Fulmer's day. Victor Alcantara
replaced him and gave up Carpenter's sacrifice fly and Martinez's
The Tigers responded with two runs in the bottom of the inning.
Castellanos led off with a double and scored on a pair of
groundouts, the second giving Mahtook an RBI. James McCann and Ronny
Rodriguez followed with back-to-back doubles for the second run.
--Field Level Media
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