Cardinals’ Nolan Arenado sinks Marlins in 10th

St. Louis Cardinals' Nolan Arenado is congratulated by teammates Willson Contreras, left, Nolan Gorman, second from left, and Andrew Knizner, right, after hitting a three-run walk-off home run during the 10th inning of a baseball game to defeat the Miami Marlins 5-2 Tuesday, July 18, 2023, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) (Jeff Roberson, Copyright 2023 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Cardinals third baseman Nolan Arenado, with two men on base and two outs in the 10th inning, sent the Busch Stadium crowd home happy with a walk-off three-run home run Tuesday night vs. the Miami Marlins in a 5-2 result.

The all-of-a-sudden ice-cold Marlins (53-44), who made themselves known for climbing back and winning tight games in the first half, are 0-5 since the start of second-half play.

Edward Cabrera, in his first start since mid-June, was sharp, tossing five one-run innings.

The Marlins had a 1-0 advantage in the fifth and led 2-1 in the seventh thanks to Jorge Soler ringing in some two-out magic, but both leads would disappear pretty quickly.

1-for-14 with runners in scoring position: Why is Tuesday’s loss even more frustrating for Skip Schumaker’s club? Try going 1-for-14 with runners in scoring position and see if it produces a victory for your team.

Bullpen meltdown

A dynamic bullpen throughout the first half of the season, Miami’s bullpen could not protect a one-run lead late in Wednesday’s game. A.J. Puk coughed up the walk-off home run.

On deck

The Marlins will turn to Sandy Alcantara Wednesday afternoon to stop the five-game losing skid, which is tied for their longest under Schumaker. Alcantara, in recent memory, has pitched very well at Busch Stadium. Expect the first pitch to be thrown at around 2:15 p.m. ET.

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