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Adam Wainwright carries Cardinals over Marlins, back to .500

St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Adam Wainwright delivers a pitch to the Miami Marlins in the first inning Monday at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Mo. Photo by Bill Greenblatt/UPI
St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Adam Wainwright delivers a pitch to the Miami Marlins in the first inning Monday at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Mo. Photo by Bill Greenblatt/UPI | License Photo

June 15 (UPI) -- Veteran pitcher Adam Wainwright held the Miami Marlins to just four hits and two runs over six innings to help the St. Louis Cardinals earn their latest win and push their season record back to .500.

The Cardinals, who were swept by the Chicago Cubs last weekend, improved to 33-33 with the 4-2 victory Monday at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Mo.

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"I know we have not been playing great ball, but I've got a sneaky suspicion that things are going to turn around real quick for us," Wainwright told reporters.

"Yadi [Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina] and I were talking the other day, and what we just went through, I think, is going to help us in the long run."

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Dylan Carlsson, Paul Goldschmidt, Tyler O'Neill and Edmundo Sosa collected two hits apiece in the win.

Sosa gave the Cardinals an early lead with an RBI single in the bottom of the second inning. Marlins shortstop Jazz Chisholm Jr. answered with a two-run single in the top of the third inning for a 2-1 edge.

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The Marlins would not score again.

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Goldschmidt brought home Tommy Edman with an RBI single in the bottom of the fifth inning. O'Neill plated Carlson with an RBI double in the bottom of the eighth frame. Cardinals shortstop Paul DeJong brought in the final run of the game in the same inning on an RBI groundout.

Wainwright did not allow a hit for 11 consecutive at-bats after the Chisholm single. Cardinals relief pitchers Genesis Cabrera, Giovanny Gallegos and Alex Reyes held the Marlins scoreless over the final three innings to secure the victory.

Gallegos earned his fourth win of the season while Reyes earned his 17th save of 2021.

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Marlins starter Braxton Garrett allowed seven hits and two runs in 4 1/3 innings. Chisholm went 1 for 4 with two RBIs and a strikeout.

"This was just a reminder of how we do it," Cardinals manager Mike Shildt told reporters. "We can do it a lot of different ways.

"We did it with some foundational things that have been here in this organization for a long time: really good starting pitching, defense. ... and then timely hitting."

The Cardinals host the Marlins (29-37) at 8:15 p.m. EDT Tuesday at Busch Stadium.

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