Lopez’s seven shutout innings lead Marlins past Cardinals

MIAMI – Pablo Lopez pitched three-hit ball over 7 dominant innings and the Miami Marlins beat the St. Louis Cardinals 5-0 Thursday night.

Jesus Sanchez and Jazz Chisholm Jr. homered for the Marlins, who snapped an eight-game losing skid versus St. Louis. The Cardinals swept 2 series last season and won the very first 2 video games in Miami.

Lopez (2-0) started out 9, consisting of Cardinals star Albert Pujols 3 times. The right-hander retired his last 11 batters and extended Miami beginners’ scoreless innings streak to 15 innings after Sandy Alcantara tossed 8 nothing innings Wednesday.

Sanchez raced house from 3rd on Paul DeJong‘s throwing error in the second to give the Marlins a 1-0 lead.

Miami increased its advantage in the fourth after St. Louis catcher Yadier Molina‘s passed ball from reliever Drew VerHagen‘s sinker allowed Sanchez to score again from third.

Sanchez drove reliever Aaron Brooks‘ changeup into the seats in right-center for his third homer. Moments after being hurried into the batters’ box by plate umpire Phil Cuzzi, Chisholm struck a two-run shot versus Brooks in the seventh.

Tanner Scott pitched a scoreless 8th and Anthony Bass closed.

Converted reducer Jordan Hicks made his very first profession start for St. Louis, working 3 innings on 46 pitches. Hicks, who has actually appeared in 114 relief getaways with the Cardinals, enabled one run, 2 hits, started out 2 and strolled 2. He tossed 14 pitches a minimum of 100 miles per hour.

The Cardinals strategy to reasonably extend Hicks’ work as he adjusts to his brand-new function.

Nolan Arenado had 3 of St. Louis’ 5 hits while Tommy Edman went hitless in 3 at-bats, ending his 12-game striking streak dating to last season.

FITNESS INSTRUCTOR’S SPACE

Cardinals: OF Lars Nootbaar (left ear abrasion) had small pain after fouling off a pitch in Wednesday’s video game however pinch hit Thursday and started out to end the video game.

Marlins: IF Jose Devers (best shoulder impingement) extended his tossing to 90 feet and is taking batting practice.

BRAND-NEW AGREEMENT FOR WENDLE

Marlins infielder Joey Wendle signed a one-year agreement and prevented arbitration. Miami gotten Wendle from Tampa Bay in the offseason. The agreement consists of a shared alternative for 2023.

UP NEXT

Cardinals: LHP Steven Matz (1-1, 7.27) will begin the opener of a three-game series at Cincinnati on Friday.

Marlins: LHP Trevor Rogers (0-2, 12.15) will try to snap a seven-decision losing skid when he begins the opener of Miami’s series at Atlanta on Friday.

Lopez’s 7 nothing innings lead Marlins previous Cardinals initially appeared on NBCSports.com

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