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MLB: St. Louis 5, Miami 2

June 26, 2012 at 11:08 PM

MIAMI, June 26 (UPI) -- Yadier Molina's three-run homer highlighted a big first inning Tuesday that carried the St. Louis Cardinals to their fifth straight win, 5-2 over Miami.

Molina, who socked a game-tying, ninth-inning homer for the Cards in the their 8-7 defeat of the Marlins Monday, struck again early in Tuesday's contest, lining a 3-2 Carlos Zambrano offering off the left-field scoreboard.

The three-run clout came after St. Louis had scored two runs on Carlos Beltran's single and an error by shortstop Jose Reyes, staking the Cards to a 5-0 lead.

Kyle Lohse (4-6) made the lead hold up, surrendering just two runs on four hits over 7 1/3 frames while walking two and striking out four.

Jason Motte collected his 16th save for the Cardinals.

All five runs allowed by Zambrano (4-6) were unearned. The Miami right-hander committed a throwing error in the decisive first inning, and finished by yielding seven hits and five walks over 6 2/3 frames.

Giancarlo Stanton socked a solo homer for the Marlins.

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