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June 27, 2012; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins starting pitcher Anibal Sanchez (19) throws during the first inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE
June 27, 2012; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins starting pitcher Anibal Sanchez (19) throws during the first inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE


Despite allowing two runs early, Anibal Sanchez regains his confidence Wednesday night as the Marlins come back to beat the defending champion St. Louis Cardinals, 5-3.


Source: FanGraphs

Attendance: 28,397

Hero of the Game: John Buck (+.429): 2-for-3, HR

Goat of the Game: Greg Dobbs (-.136): 1-for-4

Play of the Game: Buck's RBI single in 5th (1.37)

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One night after frustrations boil and Ozzie gets tossed in Tuesday night's game, the Marlins (35-40) come back around to avoid the sweep against the Cardinals via a 5-2 win.

The first inning looked a little gloomy for the Fish. In that first, Carlos Beltran drove in a run on a sacrifice fly off Anibal Sanchez to put the Cardinals on the board followed by an RBI double from David Freese.

Even though the Redbirds scored one more run after the first, the Marlins took control the rest of the way.

Not without a little bit of controversy, however.

In the seventh, Logan Morrison stepped up to the plate after John Buck tied up the score with a solo homerun. He thought he had something when the ball went off the bat, but the umpires were not so sure.

As the replay showed, the screaming line drive first hit the padding on the top of the fence, hit the railing above and then re-entered the field.

Buck's home run did not need identification.

His long ball went over the Marlins bullpen to tie it up before LoMo took the lead.

Buck also led off the Marlins' scoring in the fifth with an RBI single that brought in Omar Infante. Jose Reyes would also bring in a run on a groundout that brought in Gaby Sanchez later on in the fifth.

Infante would add an insurance run in the seventh on a double that brought in Dobbs. Justin Ruggiano would be thrown out on the play at home, but due to that, Infante advanced to third base on the play. He would not be brought in.Matt Holliday had the assist on the putout at home.

After allowing the two runs in the first, Sanchez (4-6) would only allow a solo HR to Tony Cruz in the seventh. His final line: 7 IP, 7 H, 3ER, 2 BB, 4 K.

Heath Bell came in and threw a near-perfect ninth inning to grab his 15th save.

The Marlins have Thursday off before starting an important divisional matchup with the Phillies.