Miami Marlins (26-46) at St. Louis Cardinals (38-35)
June 20th was the setting for Zac Gallen‘s first career start. Incidentally, it was against his former team in the St. Louis Cardinals. Gallen joined the Marlins organization along with Sandy Alcantara, Daniel Castano, and Magneuris Sierra for Marcell Ozuna after the 2017 campaign. He held the Redbirds to one run and struck out six in five innings of work.
Starlin Castro opened the scoring in the fourth inning, scoring Garrett Cooper on a double into center field. The Cards got that one back in the fifth when Paul DeJong doubled home Adam Wainwright against Gallen.
In the sixth, the Marlins got to Wainwright once more for a 2-1 lead on a Brian Anderson double to score Miguel Rojas. Later in the inning Cesar Puello got an RBI the painful way, with a bases loaded HBP courtesy of Cards reliever Giovanny Gallegos.
Not content with a two-run cushion, Rojas scored Curtis Granderson on a single in the seventh for a 4-1 advantage. In the bottom of the inning, the Cardinals got to Marlins reliever Nick Anderson on a Paul Goldschmidt RBI-double and an Ozuna RBI-single.
In the eighth, Brian Anderson got to new Cards pitcher John Brebbia with a leadoff homer, his ninth of the year.
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Now with a 5-3 lead, the Marlins trusted Tayron Guerrero to get through the eighth. He allowed a leadoff single to Harrison Bader and a two-run homer to Tommy Edman before locking in to retire the next three batters. Still, the damage was done with the game now tied at five.
After scoreless ninth and 10th innings, JT Riddle got to former Marlins pitcher Andrew Miller with a two-run homer for a 7-5 lead. Sergio Romo came on to close it out. After a few speed bumps, including a Yadier Molina RBI-double, Romo earned his 13th save of the year.
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