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In his first major-league start, Bud Norris pitched against the Cardinals with the poise and skill of an established winner.

On Aug. 2, 2009, Norris, appearing in his second big-league game, started for the Astros at St. Louis, held the Cardinals to two hits in seven innings and earned the win.

Nine years later, on Feb. 14, 2018, Norris joined the Cardinals, signing a one-year contract to be a reliever and spot starter after earning 19 saves for the 2017 Angels.

This Bud’s for you

David Norris, nicknamed “Bud” because at age 3 he imitated his father and ordered a beer in a restaurant, was selected by the Astros in the sixth round of the 2006 amateur draft.

After making his major-league debut in relief against the Cubs on July 29, 2009, Norris, 24, got the start four days later at Busch Stadium when Astros ace Roy Oswalt became sidelined with a bad back.

Norris, a right-hander, held the Cardinals hitless the first five innings.

In the sixth, the Cardinals appeared poised to strike. Adam Wainwright led off with a single and, one out later, Colby Rasmus walked. Norris got out of the jam by inducing Albert Pujols to pop out to third and striking out Matt Holliday.

“He kept his composure,” Wainwright told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

In the seventh, the Cardinals threatened again. With one out, Mark DeRosa walked and Yadier Molina singled, but Norris struck out Julio Lugo and Joe Thurston.

The Astros prevailed, 2-0. “I told him he had 299 (wins) more to go and he’d be in the Hall of Fame,” Oswalt said. Boxscore

Purpose pitches

Norris was 7-2 with a 2.17 ERA in his first 11 career appearances versus the Cardinals. His career mark against them is 8-7.

Perhaps his best outing came on June 8, 2011, when he limited the Cardinals to one hit in eight innings in a 4-1 Astros victory at Houston.

“Every pitch he threw had a purpose,” said Cardinals leadoff batter Ryan Theriot.

Wrote Post-Dispatch columnist Bernie Miklasz: “The Cardinals turn Norris into Bob Gibson, circa 1968.”

The lone hit allowed by Norris was a solo home run to former teammate Lance Berkman with two outs in the seventh.

Noting how Norris effectively mixed sliders and changeups with fastballs, Berkman said, “He’s got a better feel for his off-speed stuff.” Boxscore

Norris had his best season (15-8, 3.65 ERA) with the 2014 Orioles. He joined the Cardinals with a career record of 64-84 and a 4.49 ERA and pitched for the Astros (2009-2013), Orioles (2013-2015), Padres (2015), Braves (2016), Dodgers (2016) and Angels (2017).

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Bob Bailey had lots of hits against the Cardinals in his career, but it was an out he made that was most memorable.

Bailey, a right-handed hitter with power who played 17 years in the major leagues, died Jan. 9, 2018, at 75. Primarily a third baseman and left fielder, Bailey played for the Pirates (1962-1966), Dodgers (1967-1968), Expos (1969-1975), Reds (1976-1977) and Red Sox (1977-1978).

In 199 games versus the Cardinals, Bailey had 176 hits, including 20 home runs, and 82 RBI. He batted .358 (24-for-67) against the Cardinals in 1964 and .339 (20-for-59) in 1974. One of his best games occurred on May 21, 1968, when he produced five RBI for the Dodgers against the Cardinals at St. Louis.

By 1977, when Bailey was with the Reds, he primarily was a pinch-hitter. That was the year he had a feature role in a St. Louis drama.

Big Red Machine

On May 9, 1977, a game between the Reds and Cardinals at Busch Stadium was the ABC-TV “Monday Night Baseball” national telecast. The Reds, with their powerful Big Red Machine lineup, were two-time defending World Series champions. The Cardinals, in their first season under manager Vern Rapp, were looking to make a mark after finishing 18 games under .500 in 1976.

In the bottom of the eighth inning, the Cardinals’ Keith Hernandez led off with a home run against Rawly Eastwick, tying the score at 5-5.

Rapp brought in Al Hrabosky to pitch the ninth. The left-hander, known as the “Mad Hungarian,” immediately got into trouble. Ken Griffey singled, Joe Morgan walked and Dan Driessen bunted for a single, loading the bases with none out. George Foster was up next and Johnny Bench was on deck. Both were right-handed power hitters.

“I thought with Foster and Bench coming up, there was no way,” Hernandez said to Dick Kaegel of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “I thought they’d at least get a fly ball and get a run in.”

Mind games

Hrabosky, forced by Rapp to shave his Fu Manchu in compliance with the manager’s policy banning facial hair, decided to challenge the sluggers exclusively with fastballs. “They knew it was coming,” said Cardinals catcher Ted Simmons.

Foster struck out swinging.

Bench did the same.

With a left-handed batter, Cesar Geronimo, due up next, Reds manager Sparky Anderson sent Bailey to face Hrabosky. Bailey, whose father, Paul, played in the Cardinals’ minor-league system in 1940, batted .370 as a Reds pinch-hitter in 1976.

When the count got to 1-and-2 on Bailey, Hrabosky walked in a semicircle from the mound almost to second base, turned his back on Bailey, talked aloud to himself, pounded the ball into his mitt and stomped back onto the hill.

“I talk to the gypsy war gods,” Hrabosky said. “I work myself into a controlled rage.”

Bailey fouled off each of Hrabosky’s next three pitches. After each one, Hrabosky went behind the mound and performed his antics, heightening the tension with each delivery. “In a way, I self-hypnotize myself,” he told the Chicago Sun-Times. “I learned how to manipulate my mind between pitches.”

On the seventh pitch of the at-bat, Bailey watched the ball go into Simmons’ glove for a called strike three.

Hrabosky delivered a performance worthy of Houdini, striking out three right-handed sluggers and leaving the bases loaded.

“I was completely in awe,” said Hernandez.

Said Simmons: “It was dark and all of a sudden he groped around until he found the light switch and turned it on.”

Perfect play

After the Cardinals went down in order in their half of the ninth, Hrabosky returned to pitch the 10th. He retired the first two batters before Ray Knight singled. Griffey followed with a double off the wall in right.

As Knight raced around the bases, right fielder Mike Anderson, inserted as a defensive replacement for starter Hector Cruz, fielded a carom off the padding of the wall, turned and fired a throw to the cutoff man, shortstop Don Kessinger.

“He gave me a good, high relay throw where I could handle it,” Kessinger said.

Simmons kneeled in front of home plate, awaiting the peg from Kessinger. “My theory is to block the plate. Don’t let him get there,” Simmons said.

Knight dived head-first and was tagged out by Simmons, ending the Reds’ threat.

“It was a perfect play,” Rapp told United Press International. “Anderson acted real cool and Kessinger did a superb job. Simmons knew he had the guy.”

Simmons connects

The Reds brought in Dale Murray, a right-hander, to pitch the bottom half of the 10th. His best pitch was a sinking fastball, but it had been staying up in the strike zone in recent outings. With switch-hitter Simmons, batting left-handed, leading off, Murray told Bench he would throw knuckleballs.

Hernandez tipped off Simmons that Murray might throw the knuckler. “The thing I try to do with knuckleballs is not swing until I have to,” Simmons told the Associated Press. “All you can hope is that you can gauge the speed of it.”

With the count 2-and-2, Murray delivered a knuckleball that darted toward Simmons’ right knee. He drove it over the wall in right for a walkoff home run, giving the Cardinals a 6-5 triumph. Boxscore

“It was the greatest game I ever played in,” Hernandez said.

Calling it “a game that wobbled the knees and blew the mind,” Kaegel informed Post-Dispatch readers, “It was a classic thriller, baseball at its spine-tingling best.”

Previously: 5 memorable Reds-Cardinals games of 1970s

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In his major-league debut for the Cardinals, Rick Ankiel gave up a home run to Vladimir Guerrero. Like many pitchers, Ankiel learned fast that Guerrero was a dangerous hitter.

Guerrero is a leading candidate for election to the Baseball Hall of Fame when results of voting by the Baseball Writers Association of America are announced on Jan. 24, 2018. In 2017, his first year on the ballot, Guerrero got 71.7 percent of the vote. A candidate needs 75 percent to be elected.

In his playing career with the Expos (1996-2003), Angels (2004-2009), Rangers (2010) and Orioles (2011), Guerrero batted .318 with 2,590 hits, 449 home runs and 1,496 RBI.

A right-handed batter and outfielder, Guerrero batted .280 against the Cardinals with 59 hits in 55 games and 43 RBI.

His best seasons versus St. Louis were 1999 (.333 with nine RBI in nine games) and 2002 (.409 with seven RBI in six games).

Guerrero had two hits, both home runs, and three walks in seven career plate appearances against Ankiel.

Rookie mistake

Ankiel, 20, was a highly touted pitching prospect. He heightened expectations by posting a combined 13-3 record and 2.35 ERA with Class AA Arkansas and Class AAA Memphis in 1999. The Cardinals promoted him to the big leagues in late summer and he was given a start in his debut on Aug. 23, 1999, at Montreal.

In his first at-bat against Ankiel, Guerrero grounded out sharply to first baseman Mark McGwire in the second inning. With the Cardinals ahead, 4-1, Guerrero batted again in the fourth. Ankiel, a left-hander, wanted to jam Guerrero with a fastball on the fists, but the pitch stayed over the plate and Guerrero lined it over the right-field wall. The home run was his 30th of the season and extended his hitting streak to 28 games.

“I didn’t get the fastball inside,” Ankiel told columnist Bernie Miklasz of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “I left it out there and he capitalized on it.”

Speaking through an interpreter, Guerrero told the Associated Press, “The only thing I do is try to swing. So far, so good. I’m going to keep swinging.”

In the sixth, after Jose Vidro singled, Cardinals manager Tony La Russa lifted Ankiel with Guerrero at the plate and St. Louis ahead, 4-2. “Guerrero already had centered two balls off him, so I thought it was time for the change,” La Russa said.

Heathcliff Slocumb relieved and got Guerrero to pop out to McGwire. After that, the game unraveled for the Cardinals. Vidro eventually scored and Slocumb and Rich Croushore gave up eight runs. The Expos won, 11-7, and Ankiel, who departed with the lead, didn’t get a decision. Boxscore

Hitting a hanger

A year later, on Aug. 1, 2000, at Montreal, Guerrero came to bat against Ankiel with runners on first and second, two outs, in the fifth inning of a scoreless game. Ankiel had walked Guerrero intentionally earlier in the game, but this time he decided to pitch to him.

“We weren’t going to give him anything to hit,” Cardinals pitching coach Dave Duncan told the Post-Dispatch.

Ankiel’s first pitch to Guerrero was a curve. He “tried to throw the best curveball he ever threw,” La Russa said. “Sometimes you try to do more and you end up doing less.”

The pitch floated over the middle of the plate. Guerrero hit it over the wall in left-center for a three-run home run. The Expos went on to win, 4-0.

Said Ankiel: “I hung it … With him up to bat, you can’t hang that pitch in that situation.” Boxscore

Pals with Pujols

Guerrero, 6 feet 3 and 235 pounds, hit 12 career home runs against the Cardinals. He hit three against Matt Morris, two apiece off Ankiel and Garrett Stephenson and one each against Cliff Politte, Larry Luebbers, Travis Smith, Jason Simontacchi and Woody Williams.

In 2001, when the Expos and Cardinals shared a spring training facility at Jupiter, Fla, Guerrero befriended Cardinals rookie Albert Pujols, who, like Guerrero, is a native of the Dominican Republic. Pujols, in a big-league camp for the first time, was looking to fit in. Guerrero included Pujols in friendly games of dominoes with other Dominican players and treated him to his mother’s home-cooked meals.

“Vladdy was one of the first guys I looked up to,” Pujols said to the Los Angeles Times in a 2016 interview. “People kind of misread Vladdy because he doesn’t like to talk too much, but he’s one of the best guys that I’ve ever been around. The way he treats people is really special. He’s always smiling. He played the game hard and had fun.”

Pujols was playing left field for the Cardinals in a game at Montreal when Guerrero hit a ball so hard it bent the top of the wall and carried over for a home run.

“On a line. He bent the wall,” Pujols said to Yahoo Sports in 2016. “He was unbelievable … He was a fearless hitter … You had to stop and watch him. If they were on TV and you were going out, you had to watch his at-bat first.”

Previously: How Cardinals gambled on Rick Ankiel in 1997 draft

Previously: Revisiting Rick Ankiel’s debut with Cardinals

 

 

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Frank Lary, who mastered the Yankees during his prime with the Tigers, couldn’t beat the Cardinals when he was near the end of his pitching career with the Mets.

In the 1950s and early 1960s, Lary was a durable and consistent winner in the American League.

When he got sent by the Tigers to the Mets in May 1964, Lary no longer was an elite pitcher, but he still had the guile and ability to be effective as a starter and in relief.

In two starts for the Mets versus the Cardinals _ one in 1964 and another in 1965 _ Lary was matched against Bob Gibson. Lary was poised to win the first matchup until the Cardinals rallied in the ninth inning. In the second matchup, Lary hit against Gibson better than he pitched against the Cardinals.

A right-hander, Lary pitched 12 years (1954-1965) in the major leagues and posted a career record of 128-116 with a 3.49 ERA. He was 28-13 versus the Yankees, including 7-1 in 1958.

Lary, 87, died Dec. 13, 2017.

Throwback to Gashouse Gang

Lary led the American League in wins (21) in 1956 and was second (with 23) in 1961. He three times was the AL leader in innings pitched and in complete games. Unafraid to pitch inside, Lary four times led the AL in batters hit by pitch.

“He is a throwback to the Cardinals of the ’30s, a cotton-pickin’, gee-tar-strummin’, red clay Alabama farm boy, unspoiled by a little college and a lot of success,” Sports Illustrated wrote of Lary in 1961. “He is mean on the mound and a joker off it.”

In June 1963, Chuck Dressen replaced Bob Scheffing as Tigers manager. Lary and Dressen clashed. On May 30, 1964, before a game against the White Sox at Detroit, Dressen informed Lary, 34, his contract had been sold to the Mets.

“Dressen was hurting me,” Lary said to The Sporting News. “He gives up on a pitcher too soon.”

The uniform No. 17 Lary wore was inherited by a future Tigers ace, Denny McLain.

On May 31, the day after the trade, Lary arrived at Shea Stadium in New York during the first game of a doubleheader between the Giants and Mets. Lary made his Mets debut in the second game, pitching the sixth and seventh innings and retiring all six batters he faced, including Willie Mays and Orlando Cepeda. The Giants won, 8-6, in 23 innings. Boxscore

Cardinals comeback

Lary made his first career appearance against the Cardinals on July 19, 1964, at St. Louis. The Cardinals scored twice in the first and once in the second. Lary held them scoreless over the next six innings.

At one point, Lary “cheated a bit” on a pitch to Dick Groat, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Lary delivered a pitch “while standing a couple of feet short of the pitcher’s rubber,” the Post-Dispatch reported. “Third base umpire Chris Pelekoudas spotted the infraction and called it no pitch.”

The Mets took a 6-3 lead into the ninth. The Cardinals sent six batters to the plate against three Mets pitchers and each got a hit.

Carl Warwick, batting for Gibson, led off the ninth against Lary and laced a line drive into the left-field corner for a double. “He threw me a slider that broke over the plate and I was able to pull it,” Warwick said.

Curt Flood followed with his fourth single of the game against Lary.

Willard Hunter relieved and gave up three hits _ singles by Lou Brock and Bill White and a double by Ken Boyer. Each hit drove in a run, tying the score at 6-6.

With White on third, Boyer on second and Groat at the plate, Darrell Sutherland relieved. “I was surprised they didn’t walk me,” Groat said.

Mets manager Casey Stengel said he considered having Sutherland intentionally walk Groat, loading the bases and setting up a force at any base, but instead “I just told him to pitch the way he wanted to.”

With the infield playing in, Groat looped a single over the outstretched glove of second baseman Ron Hunt, scoring White from third and giving the Cardinals a 7-6 victory. Gibson, who struck out 11, got the win. Boxscore

From foe to friend

Seven days later, on July 26, Lary sparked a brawl in a start against the Braves at New York. After Denis Menke led off the game with a home run, Lary hit the next batter, Lee Maye, in the back of the neck with a pitch. Maye yelled, “That’s a lousy thing to do,” and headed toward the mound. Catcher Chris Cannizzaro grabbed Maye before he could reach Lary, but both benches emptied and fights broke out.

“I don’t know what I would have done if Cannizzaro hadn’t grabbed me,” Maye said.

Said Lary: “I was just pitching him inside. Sometimes a ball goes more inside than you want it.” Boxscore

Two weeks later, on Aug. 8, Lary was traded to the Braves.

Encore performance

Near the end of spring training in 1965, the Braves dealt Lary back to the Mets. He made his final Mets appearance on July 2, 1965, in a start against the Cardinals at Shea Stadium.

The Cardinals, who had Phil Gagliano batting leadoff and Curt Flood in the cleanup spot, scored six runs against Lary _ two each in the second, third and sixth. Flood, who batted .714 (5-for-7) in his career against Lary, had a single and a sacrifice fly.

Lary did more good with his bat than his arm. He singled twice and scored twice against Gibson. The Cardinals won, 6-3. Gibson struck out 13, hit a batter and threw a wild pitch. Boxscore

“Gibson’s ball was moving so much he couldn’t control it,” said Cardinals manager Red Schoendienst.

Said Gibson: “I didn’t know where half of the pitches were going.”

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In July 2015, Marcell Ozuna, considered an emerging standout for the Marlins, appeared to be regressing. Mired in a slump, Ozuna was demoted to the minor leagues.

The wakeup call worked.

Though Ozuna was unhappy with the move and questioned the Marlins’ motives, he reported to the New Orleans Zephyrs of the Class AAA Pacific Coast League and immediately began hitting with renewed consistency and power.

Ozuna returned to the Marlins in mid-August and hit well the remainder of the season. Ever since, his career has been on an upswing. In 2016 and 2017, Ozuna was named a National League all-star.

On Dec. 14, 2017, the Marlins traded Ozuna to the Cardinals for pitcher Sandy Alcantara, outfielder Magneuris Sierra and pitching prospects Zac Gallen and Daniel Castano.

Two years after his career was at a crossroads, Ozuna, 27, is regarded a premier player who still hasn’t reached his peak.

Refresher course

Ozuna debuted in the major leagues with the Marlins in 2013. After he produced 23 home runs and 85 RBI in 2014, expectations were for more of the same.

Ozuna, 24, had a promising start to the 2015 season. On June 23, he had three hits against the Cardinals, putting his batting average at .280. Then he went into a tailspin. By July 5, his batting mark was down to .249. He had produced one hit in his last 36 at-bats.

That’s when the Marlins sent him to New Orleans. The goal, they said, was to fix his swing and his outlook.

“Marcell is an energy player with power and we love him and love what he brings,” Marlins manager Dan Jennings said to the Miami Herald. “There are some things he needs to iron out and that could be mental. He needs to feel good, feel like he can put up the numbers he did last year.”

Said Marlins president Michael Hill: “There were adjustments that needed to be made mechanically with his swing.”

Jail break

Ozuna hit .351 in his first nine games for New Orleans. When the Marlins made no move to bring him back, his agent, Scott Boras, accused the club of keeping Ozuna in the minors to delay his eligibility for salary arbitration. Marlins management denied the charge.

In 33 games for New Orleans, Ozuna batted .317. Of his 38 hits, 18 were for extra bases.

Ozuna returned to the Marlins’ lineup on Aug. 15 against the Cardinals and went 1-for-4.

“From what we hear, he did a great job down in triple-A, figured some stuff out, so we’re excited to have him back,” said Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto. “He’s the type of hitter where at any point in the game he can take the ball out of the ballpark.”

Asked about his stint in the minors, Ozuna told reporters, “It’s like a jail.”

Ozuna added, “They tell me you’re going down for work, get your feeling back and you come back … I don’t need the work. One-for-36, 1 for-100, every big-league player has it.”

Ozuna hit .299 for the Marlins in September and finished the 2015 season at .259 with 10 home runs and 44 RBI.

Better with age

In 2016, Ozuna had 23 home runs and 76 RBI. He followed that with a breakout year in 2017, batting .312 with 37 home runs and 124 RBI and earning a Gold Glove Award for his play in left field.

If his performances versus the Cardinals are an accurate gauge, Ozuna is improving each year as a big-league hitter.

His season-by-season marks against the Cardinals:

_ 2013: .100 batting average (2-for-20), no RBI.

_ 2014: .200 batting average (4-for-20), two RBI.

_ 2015: .211 batting average (4-for-19), no RBI.

_ 2016: .292 batting average (7-for-24), seven RBI.

_ 2017: .357 batting average (10-for-28), 11 RBI.

Granted, the better numbers could be because Cardinals pitching has declined, but the statistics do appear to show Ozuna is a better hitter since his return from the minors.

In a four-game series July 3-6, 2017, at St. Louis, Ozuna batted .368 (7-for-19) with eight RBI. Among his big hits were a three-run double against Adam Wainwright on July 3, a home run and a RBI-double against Mike Leake on July 5 and a pair of RBI-singles against Michael Wacha on July 6.

Previously: How Rene Arocha turned Marlins fans into Cards fans

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In establishing himself as a premier power hitter during his eight seasons with the Marlins, Giancarlo Stanton did his share of damage against the Cardinals.

With the Dec. 11, 2017, trade of Stanton from the Marlins to the Yankees for infielder Starlin Castro and two minor-league players, the Cardinals will face the slugger only in occasional interleague games or in the World Series.

From 2010 to 2017, when he was a Marlins outfielder, Stanton usually faced the Cardinals in two regular-season series each year.

In 2010, when Stanton was a rookie, he played in three games against the Cardinals and had one hit, a single, in eight at-bats.

After that, Stanton often flexed his hitting muscles when playing the Cardinals. For his career, Stanton batted .293 with 10 doubles, 11 home runs and 25 RBI in 46 games versus the Cardinals.

Scorching the ball

Stanton’s breakout performance against the Cardinals occurred in a series in May 2011 at St. Louis.

Stanton, 21, was known then as Mike Stanton. His full name is Giancarlo Cruz-Michael Stanton.

On May 2, 2011, in the opener of a three-game series at Busch Stadium, Stanton produced a single, triple and home run in the Marlins’ 6-5 victory.

In the fifth inning, facing starter Kyle Lohse with two outs and none on, Stanton launched a home run 417 feet into the third deck in left field, tying the score at 5-5. Video

Stanton led off the eighth against Mitchell Boggs and lined a pitch into center. “The ball was absolutely scorched,” Marlins third baseman Greg Dobbs said to the Miami Herald.

Colby Rasmus tried to snare the ball but it tailed away from him. “It was really a tough play,” Cardinals manager Tony La Russa told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “I certainly don’t blame him for being aggressive.”

As the ball bounded by Rasmus, Stanton raced to third with a triple. Dobbs followed with a sacrifice fly, scoring Stanton with the winning run.

“These are the kind of games we’d lose last year,” Stanton said. Boxscore

Mutual admirers

In 1998, when Stanton was an 8-year-old in his native Southern California, his father took him to Dodger Stadium to see slugger Mark McGwire take batting practice and play for the Cardinals.

“We would go watch him hit,’ Stanton said. “It was pretty impressive.”

In 2011, as Cardinals hitting coach, McGwire was impressed by what he saw from Stanton in that series at St. Louis.

“His future is unlimited,” McGwire said to the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel. “You don’t find guys like that too often. It is really impressive.

“He could play for the next 25 years with that body and the physical stature he has … He is just a born home run hitter … I can only imagine what his numbers are going to be 10 years from now.

“Now that I have gotten to see him, it’s like, ‘Wow.’ That is all you can say _ wow. His swing is very, very short. It is compact and that is a good thing.”

Pitchers punished

In the series finale, on May 4, 2011, the score was tied 6-6 heading to the ninth.

With one on and one out, Stanton came to bat against Cardinals rookie reliever Eduardo Sanchez.

Stanton was looking for a slider. Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina called for a fastball away. Sanchez threw a fastball that stayed in the middle of the strike zone. Stanton crushed it 431 feet over the fence in left-center for a two-run home run and an 8-6 Marlins lead.

“At this level, you cannot make that mistake,” Molina said. “If you make those mistakes, they’re going to make you pay for it.”

Jon Jay hit a solo home run in the bottom of the ninth, but the Marlins prevailed, 8-7. Boxscore

Among Stanton’s other standout performances against the Cardinals:

_ On Aug. 11, 2014, Stanton hit two home runs against starter Shelby Miller in a 6-5 Marlins victory in Miami. Boxscore

_ On July 5, 2017, Stanton hit two home runs against starter Mike Leake in a 9-6 Marlins triumph in St. Louis. Boxscore

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