J.T. Realmuto leads Marlins over Cardinals

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JUPITER, Fla. — wasn’t at his best, but the right-hander minimized damage and put his team in position to rally. They did, and ’s two-run single in the sixth inning lifted the Marlins to a 4-2 win over the Cardinals on Sunday at Roger Dean Stadium.

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Tommy Pham connected on a two-run homer off Fernandez in the fourth inning, but Miami’s bullpen stepped up. threw two scoreless innings, and he was assisted by a key defensive stop by first baseman Justin Bour to get out of jam in the eighth inning.

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After pulling even at 2 in the fifth inning, the Marlins claimed a two-run lead in the sixth inning on Realmuto’s two-run single with the bases loaded and two outs off Sam Tuivailala.

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Jaime Garcia held the Marlins hitless for 4 1/3 innings before Realmuto’s single in the fifth. Adeiny Hechavarria delivered an RBI double in the inning, and Miami pulled even at 2 on ’s groundout. Hechavarria’s RBI double STL@MIA: Hechavarria drives in a run with gap double3/27/16: Adeiny Hechavarria drives a ball up the gap in right-center field, sending J.T. Realmuto Jerseys home scoring the Marlins’ first run

Fernandez worked 3 2/3 innings, allowing two runs on five hits with six strikeouts. His afternoon ended at 79 pitches. Fernandez fans Garcia STL@MIA: Fernandez strikes out Garcia to end threat3/27/16: With two runners in scoring position, Jose Fernandez Jerseys sets Jaime Garcia down on strikes wholesale jerseys ending the two-out threat in the 2nd

Pham struck for a two-run homer off Fernandez with one out in the fourth inning. A one-out walk to put the Miami right-hander in a bind, and Pham belted a full-count breaking ball over the wall in left.

“We all know the Cardinals,” Fernandez said. “Anybody, no matter who, you’ve always got to be careful — one out, two out. You’ve always got to be careful. But I think it was a good pitch. I was struggling a little bit to get my fastball down. It was a pitch for a strike. He put a good swing on it, and it goes real, real, real deep.”

Fernandez breezed through the first inning, striking out two and topping his velocity at 98 mph.

In the second inning it was more of a challenge, as the Miami right-hander allowed three hits. But because of a baserunning blunder and a couple of strikeouts, Fernandez escaped without allowing a run.

Matt Adams and Jedd Gyorko each singled to open the second, but confusion occurred on Pena’s hit to deep center. Not sure if the ball would be caught, Adams tagged at second, and Gyorko passed his teammate on the bases, resulting in an out. Pena made it to second, and Adams advanced to third. Fernandez still escaped by striking out Pham on a curveball. Greg Garcia was intentionally walked, and Garcia struck out. Cardinals run into an out STL@MIA: Gyorko passes Adams on basepaths for out3/27/16: After Brayan Pena Jerseys drives a ball off the wall in center field, Jedd Gyorko passes Matt Adams on the basepaths for an unusual out

Up next for the Cardinals: Although he’s not scheduled to make his regular-season debut until April 9, Carlos Martinez will make his final Grapefruit League start on Monday, when the Cardinals host the Mets in a 12:05 p.m. CT game at Roger Dean Stadium. Martinez scattered two hits over five scoreless innings in his last outing. Second baseman Kolten Wong, who suffered a left knee contusion on Saturday, is expected back in the lineup for the game, which will be shown Joaquin Benoit Jerseys #53 on .TV.

Up next for the Marlins: The Marlins will travel to Viera, Fla., on Monday to face the Nationals at Space Coast Stadium. A number of regulars will not be making the trip. Lefty Chris Narveson will be making the start for Miami. Stephen Strasburg is set for Washington. Christian Yelich, Hechavarria and Johnson are scheduled to be in the lineup.

Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of or its clubs.

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