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Cardinals salvage series in Baltimore

Coverage of today's Cards and Marlins game can be heard on The Big 870AM/96.3 FM Newstalk WTIM beginning at 5:35pm. 

Baltimore,  MD  (SportsNetwork.com) -  Kolten Wong went  4-for-5 with two runs 
scored  to  help the St. Louis Cardinals avoid a three-game sweep against the 
Baltimore Orioles with an 8-3 victory on Sunday. 

Peter  Bourjos hit  a three-run homer to  back a solid outing from Lance Lynn, 
who allowed three runs on nine hits with six strikeouts over 5 2/3 innings. 

More  importantly, Lynn (12-8) held the powerful AL East leaders homerless for 
the  first  time in the series.  Baltimore launched nine homers in winning the 
first two games by a combined score of 22-5. 

"We  like having  Lance  on the  mound in  these  situations," said Cardinal
manager Mike Matheny, "and we felt good about what our offense could do." 

Baltimore  starter  Kevin Gausman (6-4)  was charged  with three runs on eight 
hits  over five  innings. Nick Markakis and  Nelson Cruz each knocked in a run 
for the O's. 

Matt  Carpenter, Wong  and Matt Holliday each  singled to open up the game for 
St. Louis in the first. Matt Adams grounded into a fielder's choice to score a 
run  before Jhonny Peralta  laced a single to center that scored Wong. Jon Jay 
walked  to pack the  bags again, but Oscar Taveras flied into a double play as 
Adam Jones gunned Adams down at the plate attempting to tag from third. 

"I  did a  good job bouncing back  in the second inning, but that first inning 
was  a rough one," said Gausman. "It kind of seemed like wherever they hit the 
ball, we didn't have a guy there." 

Baltimore  answered in  the home half with  and RBI double off the bat of Cruz 
that cut the deficit to 2-1. 

Jay  got  the run back in  the third, however,  ripping a single to right that 
scored Wong. 

The  O's  trimmed the  deficit to  one again in  the fifth. After back-to-back 
singles  from Markakis  and Manny Machado, Adam Jones flied out to center that 
allowed  Markakis to move  over to third. Lynn then uncorked a wild pitch that 
pushed Markakis across to make it a 3-2 game. 

With  one out and runners at the corners in the sixth, Daniel Descalso sent an 
RBI single to right, restoring St. Louis' two-run cushion. 

The  pendulum continued to  swing in the home sixth, with Markakis making it a 
one-run game again courtesy of an RBI single to center. 

Back-to-back  doubles  from Descalso and Carpenter  made it 5-3 in the eighth, 
then  a pinch-hitting  Bourjos left little doubt of the outcome with his homer 
in the ninth. 

                                   Game Notes 

Baltimore  catcher  Caleb Joseph  had his  five-game homer  streak end ... The 
Orioles  had won  three straight and 12-of-16  coming in ... St. Louis is 8-12 
against  the  American League this season,  while Baltimore is 9-5 against the 
Senior Circuit. 

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