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St. Louis Cardinals (9-11) at Florida Marlins (12-11), 7:35 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: St. Louis - Brett Tomko (1-2, 5.33)
Florida - A.J. Burnett (0-1, 3.63)
(Sports Network) - The Florida Marlins will shoot for his fourth consecutive
victory this evening, when they host the struggling St. Louis Cardinals for
the first of a three-game series at Pro Player Stadium.
Florida is fresh off a three-game sweep of the Milwaukee Brewers, including a
4-2 win on Thursday. Mark Redman performed very well in the victory, allowing
just four hits and two runs in a complete game.
Redman (2-2) struck out a career-high 11 to post the fourth complete game of
his career, as the Marlins have won six of their last eight overall. He also
walked one and snapped a personal two-game losing streak.
Redman last went the distance July 17, 2002 for Detroit against the New York
Luis Castillo and Mike Lowell each finished with two hits for Florida, which
last swept the Brewers from July 23-25, 1999. Alex Gonzalez drove in two runs
and Juan Encarnacion homered. Juan Pierre extended his hitting streak to nine
games and has hit in 21 of 23 games.
The Marlins will hand the ball to A.J. Burnett this evening. Burnett has yet
to record a win in three starts this season, including a no-decision to the
New York Mets last Saturday. The 26-year-old allowed five hits and three runs
-- two earned -- over 5 1/3 innings, while walking five and fanning four.
Burnett has been good against the Cardinals in his career, going 2-1 with a
1.20 ERA. The twirler has allowed 20 hits and only four earned runs over 30
innings of work versus St. Louis.
St. Louis will reply with veteran righty Brett Tomko on the mound. Tomko has
lost two of his last three starts, including a defeat to Arizona on Sunday.
The 30-year-old gave up just eight hits and one run in the tough luck loss
against the Diamondbacks. He struck out six and walked four in the losing
Tomko has posted a 2-0 mark with a 4.68 ERA against the Marlins in his career.
The hurler has surrendered 27 hits and 13 earned runs over 25 innings of
The Cardinals are heading in the wrong direction with five consecutive losses,
including a three-game sweep at the hands of Atlanta this week. St. Louis'
woes continued on Thursday with a 4-3 loss to the Braves.
Steve Kline (0-2) suffered the loss, ruining a decent outing by starter Woody
Williams, who had his season-opening shutout streak halted in the sixth
inning. Williams allowed two runs on 11 hits in 6 1/3 innings, while striking
out four and walking one.
Fernando Vina, Miguel Cairo and Edgar Renteria tallied an RBI apiece in the
losing effort. No Cardinal posted more than one hit in the defeat.
Florida won four of six meetings in this series last year. The Marlins own a
7-5 advantage in the series since the start of the 2001 campaign, including a
3-2 home mark.
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