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Bruján hits an RBI single at 10th to lift Marlins to a 9-8 win over Cardinals

Bruján hits an RBI single at 10th to lift Marlins to a 9-8 win over Cardinals

MIAMI — Vidal Bruján drove in the winning run with a single in the 10th inning and the Miami Marlins defeated the St. Louis Cardinals 9-8 on Tuesday night, snapping a six-game skid.

Nick Gordon reached base on a one-out infield single against Chris Roycroft (1-1), moving automatic runner Jesús Sánchez to third base. Tim Anderson followed with an RBI infield single, making it 8-all. Otto Lopez’s groundout advanced Gordon and Anderson before Bruján’s soft liner to center field gave Miami its sixth walk-off win of the season.

It was Bruján’s first walk-off hit of his career. On a similar opportunity Monday, Bruján fouled out in the 10th inning.

“I understand that I didn’t get through on Monday, but that’s how baseball is. Baseball is all about opportunity,” Bruján said. “Today I got another chance and I responded. I came more focused, looking for my pitch.”

Dylan Carlson’s sacrifice fly against reliever Calvin Faucher (2-1) in the top of the 10th gave St. Louis the lead.

Faucher was the fifth Marlins reliever to combine to limit the Cardinals to one unearned run over the final six innings.

“A lot of good things happened today, obviously the bullpen was out,” Marlins manager Skip Schumaker said. “They did a fantastic job.”

Sánchez homered, doubled and singled, while Christian Bethancourt also went deep for the Marlins.

“Even his outs are loud,” Schumaker said of Sánchez. ‘He’s locked up now. If we can somehow get him consistent, he’ll be really good.”

Paul Goldschmidt, Brendan Donovan and Alec Burleson homered for the Cardinals, who lost four leads.

St. Louis scored a 4-all tie on Brandon Crawford’s RBI groundout and Michael Siani’s runscoring single against Miami starter Roddery Muñoz in the third. Burleson’s solo shot over Muñoz in the fourth made it 7-4.

Bethancourt closed the gap with an RBI groundout in the fourth and a solo shot that ended Cardinals starter Lance Lynn’s outing in the sixth.

Lynn gave up six runs and 10 hits in 5 1/3 innings. The veteran right-hander has allowed 12 earned runs in 13 2/3 innings in his last three outings.

“He was ahead of quite a few guys but threw himself through some traffic,” Cardinals manager Oliver Marmol said. “We were able to score some points, but unfortunately not enough.”

Matthew Liberatore got the one-out single from Jazz Chisholm Jr. and Bryan De La Cruz’s single, moving Chisholm to third place. Chisholm raced home on Josh Bell’s sacrifice fly.

Muñoz was waived after four innings. The rookie right-hander gave up seven runs and eight hits in his sixth career start.

Sánchez’s three-run homer in the bottom of the first inning erased a 2-0 deficit after Goldschmidt’s two-run explosion in the first half gave St. Louis the quick lead.

Donovan put the Cardinals ahead again in the second with a two-run homer. But Miami tied the score in the bottom half on Chisholm’s sacrifice fly.

Cardinals: INF Masyn Winn was late due to an illness. Marmol said Winn vomited before the game but recovered enough that he was on deck to make a pinch hit in the ninth as the inning ended. Catcher Willson Contreras (left arm fracture) went 1 for 3 on Tuesday as a design hitter in a rehabilitation game with Triple-A Memphis and will play five innings with the minor league club on Wednesday. 3B Nolan Arenado had a night off.

RHP Kyle Gibson (5-2, 3.44) starts Wednesday’s series finale for the Cardinals. The Marlins have not yet announced a starter.

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