Justin Masterson finally pitched a game the Cardinals were expecting when they traded for him back on July 30. Masterson improved to 2-1 with St. Louis and 5-6 overall. He allowed only three singles and no walks in seven innings as the Cardinals beat the Miami Marlins 5-2. He also bounced a grounder through the Miami infield for his RBI, the first of his career.
“Today was just a great sign of the kind of pitcher he can be when he gets it all put together,” manager Mike Matheny said. “It couldn’t have happened at a better time.”
The Cardinals gained ground on both Milwaukee and Pittsburgh who lost their games.
Matt Adams started the scoring in the third with a two out single to score two and the Cardinals added solo runs in the 5th, 6th and 8th innings. The offense is still leaving a lot to be desired. They went just 2 for 11 with runners in scoring position and for the series, 4 for 26.