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MLB: St. Louis 5, Miami 4

July 8, 2012 at 6:13 PM   |   Comments

ST. LOUIS, July 8 (UPI) -- Rafael Fucal's two-run single in the bottom of the ninth inning Sunday completed a do-or-die rally that lifted St. Louis to a 5-4 win over Miami.

Trailing 4-2 entering their final at-bat, the Cardinals stunned Miami with three runs to claim the rubber match of a three-game series at Busch Stadium.

Marlins closer Heath Bell (2-5) allowed a one-out single to Allen Craig, who went to third on Mike Carpenter's ground-rule double over the left-center field fence.

Pinch-hitter David Freese drew a walk and Tony Cruz then delivered a sacrifice fly, cutting St. Louis' deficit to a run.

After David Descalso walked to load the bases, Furcal ripped a pitch down the left-field line, scoring Carpenter to tie it up.

Freese followed close behind with the game-winning run, beating a tag at the plate by Miami catcher John Buck.

Mitchell Boggs (2-1) got the final out to end a Marlins rally in the top ninth, earning the victory for St. Louis.

Austin Kearns clubbed a three-run homer for the Marlins.

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