Cardinals can't solve Alvarez, lose 8-4 to Marlins

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 6, 2014 at 7:17 pm •  Published: July 6, 2014

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Matt Adams had a sweet swing against Henderson Alvarez, finishing the day with a career-best four hits. Kolten Wong homered in his return from the disabled list.

The St. Louis Cardinals didn't get anything from the rest of the lineup, losing 8-4 to the Miami Marlins on Sunday and dropping two of three to their spring training partners.

"We can't say we had a lot of chances," manager Mike Matheny said. "We had a couple."

Matheny said closer Trevor Rosenthal was unavailable after a pair of extended outings in the first two games of the series, and the bullpen was worn out in general.

Cardinals rookie Marco Gonzales (0-2) allowed a run in 4 2-3 innings despite giving up seven hits and walking five in his third career start since being recalled from Double-A Springfield. The 22-year-old Gonzales, a first-round draft pick last year, yielded five runs in each of his first two starts.

"I don't know if I'd consider it the best of the three," Gonzales said. "I just went out and competed."

Matheny said fellow rookie lefty Nick Greenwood, who allowed three runs on five hits in two innings, deserved better. He noted the Marlins' first four runs came on two-out grounders that got through the infield.

The Cardinals had few opportunities against Alvarez.

"I know we're always looking for those big hits," Matheny said. "We don't care if they're on the ground, just like I'm sure over there they could care less how they got them."

Alvarez started the key rally with the first of his career-best three hits. Casey McGehee extended his hitting streak to a career-high 13 games with an RBI single in the first. Marcell Ozuna had a two-run single in a three-run sixth that made it 4-0, and Jarrod Saltalamacchia's three-run homer off Jason Motte put Miami up 8-1 in the eighth.

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