Molina's HR, 4 hits lead Cardinals past Mariners

Published on NewsOK Modified: September 15, 2013 at 5:49 pm •  Published: September 15, 2013
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ST. LOUIS (AP) — Yadier Molina never got down during his recent rut. So the All-Star catcher wasn't about to celebrate after breaking out of the skid on Sunday.

Molina had a home run and three singles as Shelby Miller and the St. Louis Cardinals remained tied for first place in the NL Central with a 12-2 win over the Seattle Mariners.

Molina's second-inning homer off Erasmo Ramirez (5-2) snapped an 0-for-15 skid.

"It's not about one guy, it's about the team," Molina said. "I came out aggressive. But right now, it's just about getting wins."

Molina scored three times and raised his batting average to .317.

"Yadi's had a special offensive year," manager Mike Matheny said. "He's been so good. I just want him to keep going and finish the season the way he started."

Matt Adams also homered as St. Louis finished up a 7-2 homestand and kept pace with Pittsburgh. Both teams are 87-62 with 13 games remaining.

Miller (14-9) gave up one earned run and three hits in five innings. He became the first St. Louis rookie to reach 14 wins in a season since Dick Hughes won 16 in 1967.

St. Louis got 19 hits after totaling just three runs on seven hits over the first two games of the series.

Matt Carpenter keyed the fourth-inning burst with a two-run bases-loaded single. Daniel Descalso and Matt Holliday also had RBI hits in the inning.

"The offense really showed up today," Carpenter said. "We were able to score some runs. That's just the way it goes some times. There's no rhyme or reason for why that happens, it's just baseball."

The Cardinals' hit total was their second-highest total this season. The Cardinals had 21 hits in a 10-6 win against the Chicago Cubs on July 14.

"We took a lot of those grinding at-bats that we keep talking about," Matheny said. "They went deep in counts, they stayed within the zone and fouled off some tough ones. We've got everybody feeling right and contributing."

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