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Postby kaisy on Sat Oct 19, 2013 1:47 am

ST. LOUIS -- This time around, Shelby Miller battled for outs. The St. Louis Cardinals rookie right-hander had trouble controlling his fastball, and finishing off hitters. A pitch count headed for triple digits in the sixth inning was the only battle he lost. The 22-year-old Miller followed up his nearly perfect one-hitter with 5 2-3 scoreless innings and the St. Louis Cardinals scored the go-ahead run in the seventh on a wild pitch in a 4-2 victory Wednesday night. "Its not always going to be smooth," said Miller, who threw 96 pitches. "I got away with some mistakes. We won the game, so thats all that matters." Rick Ankiels two-run homer off rookie Seth Maness (3-0) tied it in the top of the seventh and was his first against the team that converted the former left-handed pitcher to an outfielder in 2005. Ankiel has 75 career homers, including six this year. "Its unfortunate we didnt win but for me its a positive, so Im happy about it," Ankiel said. "For me it was just fun to do because it was against that team." Shaun Marcum (0-4) made it out of the fifth for the first time in four starts since beginning the year on the 15-day disabled list and singled twice for his first career multihit game. "Im still not where I want to be," said Marcum, who visited a chiropractor in St. Louis the day before his start. "The important thing is the team, and we lost, so it doesnt matter what I did on the mound." Marcum left the game with two on and two out in the seventh and Scott Rices wild pitch to pinch hitter Ty Wigginton allowed Daniel Descalso to score the go-ahead run. "Didnt even swing," said Wigginton, who ended up getting intentionally walked. "I just watched it slide by." Jon Jay and Tony Cruz had an RBI apiece in the fourth and pinch hitter Yadier Molina added a pinch-hit RBI single in the eighth for the Cardinals, who have won 12 of 14 and handed the Mets their sixth straight loss. St. Louis will go for a four-game sweep Thursday with ace Adam Wainwright (5-2, 2.30) facing Jonathan Niese (2-4, 5.93). Rice bounced a 1-0 pitch past catcher John Buck. The lefty took the loss his previous two appearances, including the series opener when Wigginton scored from second on Matt Carpenters infield hit off Rices leg. Miller laboured five days after retiring the final 27 batters with 13 strikeouts in a one-hitter over Colorado and as in some earlier starts had trouble finishing off hitters. John Buck coaxed a 12-pitch walk on a full count, fouling off six pitches after the count was 2-2. "Its not like hes erratic and not efficient," manager Mike Matheny said. "Hes challenging guys and theyre getting a piece of it." On Wednesday, he allowed four hits, a walk and a hit batter to lower his ERA to a major-league leading 1.40. Miller had three of his six strikeouts in the first when David Wright bounced a two-out single up the middle to end the streak at 29 in a row and then stole second before Ike Davis fanned to end the inning. Marcum entered with an 8.59 ERA after getting a late start due to biceps tendinitis and has lost four consecutive decisions for the first time in his career. He retired the side in order on just eight pitches followed by a 10-pitch second, and retired 10 of the first 11 hitters. Miller went to a full count for the fourth time in six hitters before walking Buck with one out in the second, and Ankiel fisted a bloop single to shallow centre. But Buck ran the Mets out of the inning when he was easily doubled off second on Ruben Tejadas liner to centre. Cruz made just his second start of the season and first since April 19 at the backup catcher behind Molina, who was 0 for 11 the previous three games. Molina called Millers gem on Friday, in which the 22-year-old right-hander allowed a leadoff single to Eric Young and then retired the final 27. The Cardinals had one hit and one runner in scoring position the first three innings against Marcum before breaking through with three hits and a botched rundown play to take a 2-0 lead in the fourth. The Mets allowed a run and cut off the relay after Jays two-out RBI double to the gap in right-centre. Jay was marooned between bases when Wright charged hard from third to make the tag and the ball bounced out of his glove. Jay ended up at third and scored on a single by Cruz. Edward Mujica worked the ninth for his 11th save. Notes: Miller had a major-league best 1.39 ERA his first eight career starts, counting one in 2012, bettering Milo Candinis 1.09 ERA in 1943 for the Washington Senators. Its the Cardinals best, topping Howie Pollets 2.09 start in 1941. . ... 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He left Sundays victory over the New York Jets in the first quarter with left knee and thigh injuries, and practiced on a limited basis Wednesday. Tannehill wore a brace and thigh-to-ankle sleeve on his left leg. He participated in passing drills, but backup Matt Moore took the snaps with the starters at the beginning of team drills, while Pat Devlin worked with the second team. Tannehill was cleared to practice after undergoing an MRI exam. He declined to predict whether hell be able to play Sunday. "Im just taking it one day at a time," he said. "Im going to do everything I can to be ready, and hopefully thats the case." Said Philbin regarding Tannehills status: "We will continue to monitor his progress throughout the course of the week." Unlike Philbin, Tannehill acknowledged the appeal of his possible matchup against Lucck.dddddddddddd. Theyre two of five rookie starting QBs in the NFL, and each has helped his team to a surprising 4-3 start. "Its a story line," Tannehill said. "Its exciting for a lot of people. But youre not really thinking about the other quarterback." Moore, the Dolphins most valuable player in 2011, played for the first time this year against the Jets and 11 for 19 for 131 yards and a score in a 30-9 victory. His statistics would have been even more gaudy had Jabar Gaffney not dropped a long potential touchdown pass. Rooting from the sideline was Tannehill. "I couldnt be more excited for Matt and the way he went in cold off the bench, after not getting a lot of reps in practice, going in and winning the game for us," Tannehill said. "He threw the ball really well." Moore helped the Dolphins win six of their final nine games last year, then lost a battle this summer with newcomer Tannehill for the No. 1 job. He had a solid passer rating of 87.1 in 2011 and was at 96.6 against the Jets. "Same old Matt from last year," receiver Brian Hartline said. "Hes a gamer. Its nice to know we basically have two starting quarterbacks." ' ' '
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