Buck, Morrison homer in 7th, Marlins beat Cards

Associated Press Modified: June 27, 2012 at 10:31 pm •  Published: June 27, 2012
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MIAMI (AP) — It took a few minutes, but the umpires' verdict was worth the wait for the Miami Marlins.

John Buck and pinch hitter Logan Morrison connected for consecutive home runs in the seventh inning, rallying the Marlins past St. Louis 5-3 Wednesday night and ending their eight-game losing streak against the Cardinals.

Buck tied it with one out when he homered off Fernando Salas. Morrison then sent a drive off Sam Freeman (0-1) that hit the top of the right-field fence, bounced off a nearby railing and dropped back into play.

"I thought it hit the back of the concrete and went out, I didn't even know it came back onto the field," Morrison said.

After being stopped at second base while the umpires reviewed the play, Morrison was allowed to finish his home-run trot. It was Morrison's first career pinch-hit home run.

"Thank God we had instant replay because if not that would have been double," Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen said. "It also helps the umpires. I don't think it killed anybody in baseball for that idea. It helped the game."

The Cardinals had won five in a row overall. Miami won for just the second time in 10 games.

"Any time you beat the Cardinals, it's a good win especially when they're playing that well," Buck said. "Hopefully it can be momentum we can build on and start our own little stretch here."

Tony Cruz's first career homer in the top of the seventh put the Cardinals ahead 3-2.

"I was just looking for a good pitch to hit and I got it," Cruz said. "Thankfully, it went out. It's a great feeling. I had a lot of family here tonight. They knew I was playing. I thank Mike (manager Matheny) for giving me the opportunity of letting me play in front of my family. Unfortunately, we didn't get the win, though."

Buck has seven home runs this season, including three in his last six games. This was the second time the Marlins have hit back-to-back home runs this season — Justin Ruggiano and Morrison accomplished the feat on June 1 at Philadelphia.

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