St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) - Rafael Furcal hit a game-winning, bases- loaded single with two down in the bottom of the ninth inning on Sunday, lifting the Cardinals to a 5-4 victory over the Marlins in the rubber match of a three-game series.
The Cardinals loaded the bases twice in the inning, with Tony Cruz delivering a sacrifice fly on the first occasion. Daniel Descalso then worked a 10-pitch walk before Furcal singled through the left side of the infield off of Heath Bell (2-5) to push across the tying and go-ahead runs.
Mitchell Boggs (2-1) earned the win, striking out Donovan Solano with the bases loaded to end the top of the ninth.
Furcal also had an RBI single in the fifth for St. Louis, which enters the All-Star break with a 46-40 mark, good for third place in the National League Central.
Earlier, Austin Kearns gave Miami a 4-2 lead with a three-run homer in the seventh inning. Hanley Ramirez scored a run in the first for the Marlins, who hold a 41-44 record at the break.
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