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MLB: St. Louis 8, Miami 7 (10 innings)

June 25, 2012 at 11:51 PM   |   Comments

MIAMI, June 25 (UPI) -- Yadier Molina smashed a game-tying homer in the ninth inning Monday and the St. Louis Cardinals rallied past Miami 8-7 in 10 innings.

Trailing 6-1 after seven innings, the Cards began a comeback in the eighth when Carlos Beltran scored on an error by Marlins third baseman Hanley Ramirez.

They made it 6-4 in the ninth on RBI from Beltran and Allen Craig before Molina came up with two outs and stunned the Marlins by pounding a pitch from closer Heath Bell into the left field bullpen for a two-run shot.

The Cards scored two more in the 10th off Chad Gaudin (1-1), with the first coming on Rafael Furcal's RBI double.

The decisive play, however, was a run-producing infield hit by rookie pitcher Joe Kelly, who was forced to bat after Marlins Manager Ozzie Guillen caught Cardinals counterpart Mike Matheny in line-up mistake.

Jason Motte allowed a run in the bottom of the 10th but managed to hang on for his 15th save.

Victor Marte (2-1) earned the win for St. Louis, which notched its fourth triumph in five contests.

Jose Reyes supplied two hits and a pair of RBI for Miami.

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