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Martinez gets 1st win as starter since 2018, Cards top Phils

ST. LOUIS (AP) – Carlos Martinez pitched a two-hit ball into the eighth inning for his first win as a starter since 2018, leading the St. Louis Cardinals over the Philadelphia Phillies 5-2 on Tuesday night.

Paul Goldschmidt and Tommy Edman hit two-run doubles. Nolan Arenado doubled twice and made a spectacular catch as St. Louis won for the fourth time in five games.

Martinez (1-4) allowed two runs, earned in 7 1/3 innings. He had been 0-9 in his last 12 starts – his previous win came on Sept. 1, 2019, the year he spent as the Cardinals‘ closer.

Martinez struck out four and walked two. Alex Reyes picked up his sixth save.
  • “It was vintage Carlos tonight, and that was awesome,” Arenado said.
  • Martinez set down 13 successive batters before issuing a one-out walk to pinch-hitter Matt Joyce in the eighth.
  • Martinez knew that it had been a long time since he recorded a win as a starting pitcher.
  • “Just keep going, keep going,” Martinez said. “I was feeling really nasty.”
  • Using his own nickname, the two-time All-Star added: “The ‘Tsunami’ is coming again.”
Added manager Mike Shildt: “It’s coming ashore.”

Arenado turned in the defensive play of the night with a running catch of a foul pop off the bat of Bryce Harper to end the third. Overshifted, Arenado went a long way to make the grab right in front of the stands at a full sprint.

“I told him he had plenty of room,” catcher Andrew Knizner said. “I don’t think he heard me.”

Zach Eflin (1-1) gave up five runs on nine hits over 6 2/3 innings. He struck out eight and did not walk a batter. Eflin has gone at last six innings in all five starts.

“I felt like I did a good job of battling the whole night,” Eflin said. ”I gave up a couple of cheap hits. But at the end of the day, I felt like I had pretty good stuff.”

Edman’s double put St. Louis ahead 3-1 in the second. Goldschmidt pushed the lead to 5-2 with a double in the seventh. The Cardinals played without catcher Yadier Molina, who was placed on the 10-day injured list before the game with a sore tendon in his right foot.

Knizner started at catcher and had two singles.

“He’s here for a reason,” Shildt said. “He’s shown he’s capable.”

TRAINER’S ROOM

Phillies: OF Andrew McCutchen was held out of the lineup for the second day in a row. He was replaced by Brad Miller. McCutchen is hitting .154.

Cardinals: Molina suffered the injury on Friday against Cincinnati. He sat out Saturday and Sunday but returned to the lineup and caught all nine innings of a 2-1 loss on Monday.

UP NEXT

St. Louis RHP Johan Oviedo (0-0) will start in the third game of the four-game set on Wednesday. He will make his first start of the season and his second appearance. The Phillies did not announce a starter before Tuesday night’s game.

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