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Marlins beat Wainwright and Cardinals, 3-0

Published on NewsOK Modified: August 12, 2014 at 10:03 pm •  Published: August 12, 2014
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MIAMI (AP) — The drive down the left-field line took a surprising path, clanging off the foul pole for a homer by a batter who rarely hits them against a pitcher who rarely gives them up.

That narrow margin loomed large because of the way Jarred Cosart pitched against Adam Wainwright. Cosart went seven innings Tuesday to earn his first victory for the Miami Marlins, who beat Wainwright and the St. Louis Cardinals 3-0.

Wainwright (14-7) missed a chance to become the first 15-game winner in the majors. He went seven innings and allowed three runs, with two coming on a fourth-inning home run by Donovan Solano — only the sixth homer allowed by the Cardinals' ace.

"I thought for sure the ball was going foul," Solano said.

He wasn't the only one.

"That ball was 10 feet foul and it came back fair. It was just the craziest ball flight I've ever seen," Wainwright said. "He thought it was foul, the umpire thought it was foul, I thought it was foul, everyone in the park thought it was foul. And then the ball started having this ball flight back to the pole, and it ended up hitting the pole. You can't do anything about that."

It was stunner coming against Wainwright, who began the game with the best innings-to-homers ratio among all major league starters. The homer was Solano's first ever at Marlins Park in 133 games.

His only other homer this year came against another All-Star, David Price.

"You can book Donovan for every ace in the league from here on out," Marlins manager Mike Redmond said with a giggle.

Cosart allowed three hits and one walk to win for the first time since July 7. The victory came in his second start for Miami after being acquired from Houston in a trade for prospects.

"I think that's why I got traded — they had confidence in my ability that I can help this team," Cosart said. "I have the utmost confidence in my own ability that I can come in here and help these guys win games and help make a playoff push."

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