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Pinch-hit triple lifts Marlins

Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton tries, and fails, to get out of the way of a pitch from Cardinals starter Carlos Martinez in the second inning.

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Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton tries, and fails, to get out of the way of a pitch from Cardinals starter Carlos Martinez in the second inning.

MIAMI — Derek Dietrich won the game and lost his shirt.

The pinch-hitter's game-ending RBI triple with two out in the ninth inning helped the Marlins beat the Cardinals 5-4 Sunday for split of their four-game series.

The Marlins' celebration began as Dietrich rounded third. Teammates doused him with water then tore off his jersey.

"I can't say I haven't walked around with my shirt off before," Dietrich, a former Rays farmhand, said. "It was a little uncomfortable, but it was a fun moment."

What shape is the shirt in?

"It's gone," he said. "It's probably in half."

The score was tied with two outs in the ninth when Adeiny Hechavarria singled off Matt Bowman. Dietrich then hit a drive into the leftfield gap, and centerfielder Tommy Pham's try at a sliding backhanded catch failed, allowing Hechavarria to score without a play.

Pham said he got his glove on the ball but didn't go after it full bore because leftfielder Jeremy Hazelbaker was also in pursuit.

"I couldn't dive, because if I'd have dove, I'd have dove right into him," Pham said. "So I had to slide. It should have been caught by one of the two of us."

Marlins 5

Cardinals 4

Pinch-hit triple lifts Marlins 07/31/16 [Last modified: Sunday, July 31, 2016 10:16pm]
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