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Miami, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Matt Carpenter had three hits and scored twice 
and Justin Masterson pitched a gem as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Marlins 
on  Wednesday, 5-2,  to avoid getting swept  in Miami for the first time since 

Masterson  (2-1)  was dominant in  his third start  for the Cards since coming 
over  in a trade  from the Indians. The veteran righty allowed just three hits 
over seven efficient innings. 

Masterson  had allowed 10  runs on 14 hits in eight innings over his first two 
starts with his new club. 

Matt  Adams drove in a pair of runs and Masterson had his first career RBI for 
the  Cards, who salvaged  the third and final game of this series. The Marlins 
haven't swept the Cardinals at home since July 28-30, 1995. 

Marlins starter Nathan Eovaldi (6-7) took the loss after surrendering all four 
runs -- two earned -- on eight hits over six innings of work. 

Jon Jay led off the visiting third with a single to left and moved to third on 
Carpenter's  base hit two batters later. Kolten Wong struck out for the second 
out  of the inning  but Matt Holliday drew a walk to load the bases for Adams, 
who bounced a two-run single to right. 

Carpenter  scored the third Cardinals run on an error in the fifth inning and 
Masterson  helped  himself in the  sixth, delivering  an RBI single to shallow 
right field with two outs. Oscar Taveras reached base earlier in the inning on 
Jordany  Valdespin's  error and  scored when Masterson  chopped one in between 
first and second base and into right field. 

Sam  Dyson walked Daniel  Descalso with the bases loaded in the eighth to make 
it 5-0. 

Jeff  Baker's  sixth-career pinch-hit  home run against  Kevin Siegrist in the 
bottom of the ninth made it 5-2, but Trevor Rosenthal came on and recorded the 
final out to end the game. 

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