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June 16, 2013

Beltran homers twice as Cards beat Marlins 13-7

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"He looked right at me," Matheny said. "He wanted to know what the game plan was. I told him to get a hit. Brilliant coaching, huh?"

The single raised Lynn's lifetime average to .077. He came into the game with five hits and one RBI in 76 career at-bats.

But the right-hander's pitching performance left him in no mood to smile about his hitting.

"It was a bad day," he said. "I was fighting it the whole time. I only had one pitch, the fastball. When I threw it they got hits, and I wasn't able to get other pitches over for strikes."

Giancarlo Stanton hit a two-run homer for Miami, his fifth, while Rob Brantly had two hits and three RBIs. But the Marlins never took the lead.

Tom Koehler (0-5) allowed a career-high nine runs in 4 2-3 innings.

"It was really a case of two starters out there having a tough time plowing through the lineups," Marlins manager Mike Redmond said.

Molina finished with three RBIs and two hits, hiking his NL-leading average to .352. Freese and Daniel Descalso had three hits each.

The Cardinals went 7 for 14 with runners in scoring position, hiking their season average in those situations to .342.

Lynn has received the best run support of any Cardinals starter this season, and they went to work for him right away, loading the bases with one out in the first before Molina singled home their first runs. Freese followed with an RBI single, Descalso doubled home a run, and Freese beat a throw home on a grounder to first.

After Juan Pierre led off Miami's first with a triple, Ed Lucas and Adeiny Hechavarria had RBI singles, and Brantly hit a two-run single.

Stanton's homer in the second inning made it 6-all, but Lynn stayed on the mound long enough to get the win — barely.

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