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Ramirez struggles, Mariners fall to Cardinals

Published on NewsOK Modified: September 15, 2013 at 7:08 pm •  Published: September 15, 2013

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Seattle right-hander Erasmo Ramirez says he must return to the basics.

"I need to concentrate and throw more strikes," he said. "It's that simple."

Ramirez pitched into the sixth inning in his previous six outings. But the St. Louis Cardinals got to him a lot earlier on Sunday and beat the Mariners 12-2.

Ramirez lasted just four innings, giving up five runs and eight hits. St. Louis chased him with a four-run, five-hit outburst in the fourth inning.

"He just fell out of his delivery," manager Eric Wedge said. "He really lost command of his fastball. It was flat and out over the plate."

Ramirez, in his 11th start of the season, allowed one run on three hits over the first three innings. The Cardinals then sent 10 hitters to the plate in the fourth.

"There's no excuse, I've got to control that," Ramirez said of the big inning. "I don't have to always be perfect."

Yadier Molina had a home run and three singles as Shelby Miller and the Cardinals remained tied for first place in the NL Central with the victory.

Molina ended an 0-for-15 slump with a second-inning homer.

Matt Adams also homered as St. Louis won for the seventh time in nine games 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.

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