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Flaherty perfect, Molina mashes homer as Cardinals crush Marlins

MIAMI, April 8 (UPI) — The crack of Yadier Molina’s wooden bat echoed throughout loanDepot park as he smacked a two-run homer over the left field fence and sparked a St. Louis Cardinals blowout of the Miami Marlins on Wednesday in Miami. Cardinals ace Jack Flaherty and the Marlins’ Pablo Lopez started the game in…


MIAMI, April 8 (UPI) — The crack of Yadier Molina‘s wooden bat echoed during loanDepot park since he smacked a two-run homer over the left field fence and sparked a St. Louis Cardinals blowout of this Miami Marlins on Wednesday in Miami.

Cardinals ace Jack Flaherty and the Marlins’ Pablo Lopez started the game in a pitcher’s duel through the first six innings. The Cardinals offense then exploded down the stretch to win 7-0 and cap a road series sweep at loanDepot park.

“[Molina] has been an elite player for many years,” Cardinals manager Mike Shildt told reporters Wednesday in a Zoom video conference. “Good players can beat you in a lot of ways

“We have a lot of players who can do that and Yadier is one of them.”

Molina’s long ball the first two runs of the match. St. Louis plated five runs in the final two innings.

Lopez and Flaherty each allowed one hit in the first inning. Flaherty didn’t allow another hit. Lopez maintained pace, but ran into trouble in the seventh framework.

The Marlins starter started the inning with a strikeout of Nolan Arenado. Then he forced Paul DeJong to lineup and walked Matt Carpenter.

Molina then awakened to the plate and blasted a 427-foot bomb to break the game open. Lopez left the match after he allowed the home run.

Paul Goldschmidt later plated Tommy Edman with an RBI single to left field in front of the eighth inning. Dylan Carlson slammed the door on the Marlins hopes of a comeback when smacked a grand slam in the top of the end frame.

Flaherty had six strikeouts and issued four walks, in addition to his one hit permitted, in six shutout innings. Lopez allowed three hits and two runs and had six strikeouts and two walks in 6 2/3 innings for the Marlins.

Edman went three for five with a run play and a strikeout in the triumph.

“It definitely didn’t go the way we wanted,” Marlins manager Don Mattingly told reporters Wednesday in a Zoom movie conference.

“It’s disappointing to start the season like this, losing two series and getting swept in this one.”

The Marlins (1-5) confront the New York Mets at 1: 10 p.m. EDT Thursday in Citi Field in Queens. The Cardinals (4-2) sponsor the Milwaukee Brewers in 4: 15 p.m. EDT Thursday at Busch Stadium at St. Louis.

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