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STL 3, MIA 6; Marlins keep winning streak alive with 7th-inning rally

A sloppy spring game turns into Miami’s third straight win as Brian Miller, JJ Bleday fuel comeback.

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With CEO Derek Jeter in attendance Monday afternoon, the Marlins went to 3-0 on the spring after rallying late to beat the Cardinals, 6-3.

Sandy Alcantara made his first Spring Training start and Brian Miller breaks up the combined no-no with a triple in the 7th.

Sandy Alcantara: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 1 K (38 pitches)

In his first start of the new year, Sandy showed some rust. He led the game off by walking Dexter Fowler, later induced a ground ball double play off the bat of Matt Carpenter, then he worked around another walk with a ground ball. He had a sloppy second inning in which he walked one, allowed two singles, a throwing error, and a balk. Two runs came home to score for the Cardinals. His fastball sat around 93-95, with a lot of movement and sink, which makes his fastball a good pitch even when his control is lacking.

The Marlins were able to score a run in the first without recording a hit. Jonathan Villar led off with a walk and stole second. John Gant’s pickoff attempt went into center field, and was botched by the Cardinals which allowed Villar to come around to score.

Nick Neidert made his spring debut and faced the heart of the Cardinals lineup. He looked good besides leaving a few pitches up in the zone, which included a Yadier Molina single and a Brad Miller double. He was able to strand both of them with a ground out. His fastball reached 93, and had hard bite on his curve which was effective. He also picked off Lane Thomas off of first with a slick move.

Nick Neidert: 2.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K (35 pitches)

A bit of a scary moment in the fifth inning when Brian Anderson gets drilled by a 95 MPH fastball on the top of his left hand, the same hand he broke last year, which forced him to miss the last month of the season.

Anderson was removed after running to first. Fortunately, he later told reporters that he is fine, and was wearing a protective pad on the top of his glove.

Trevor Rogers pitched the seventh and showed nasty stuff, he was working with a fastball around 94 MPH and his breaking ball around 79 MPH. He mixed his pitches well, worked fast and effectively.

How about them kids! They beat up on left-hander Matthew Liberatore, the Cardinals third-ranked prospects, scoring four runs in the bottom of the seventh, Brian Miller started the fun by legging out a triple to break a combined no-hitter. With JJ Bleday at bat, Miller scored on a balk, Bleday later singled home Sean Rodriguez.

The Marlins continued to hit and score off Liberatore, who allowed a hit by Gosuke Katoh, he walked Victor Victor Mesa, a wild pitch which scored Bleday, and Chad Wallach hit a sac fly to score Katoh. Mesa stole third base and scored another run on a wild pitch. The Marlins lead the majors during Spring Training with eight stolen bases as a team.

New Marlin Brad Boxberger made his spring debut and locked down the ninth to collect the save on 13 pitches.

The Marlins will go to the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches on Tuesday to face the Houston Astros. José Ureña is expected to start for the Marlins up against Astros right-hander Brandon Bielak. First pitch scheduled for 1:05 p.m. ET.

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