The Miami Marlins provided a rude return for Jake Westbrook in his return to the St. Louis Cardinals in a 5-4 victory for the home side in Florida.
Doubles by Greg Dobbs in the fourth and Giancarlo Stanton in the fifth put the Marlins ahead, and the Miami pitching staff withstood the Cards comeback attempt. Jon Jay doubled home a run in the sixth and Freese doubled home another in the eighth to bring the Birds within a run. Jay struck out with Fresse still at second, the Cards best attempt to tie the score.
Steve Cishek earned the save in relief of Jose Fernandez who picked up his fourth win.
The Cardinals and Marlins meet again Saturday with coverage on KTGR at 2:15 PM. Lance Lynn faces Tom Koehler in the series’ middle game.