Final

Series: Game 1 of 3

St. Louis leads 1-0 (as of 7/16)

Game 1: Monday, July 16
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Florida3
Game 2: Tuesday, July 17
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Game 3: Wednesday, July 18
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Cardinals 5

(42-47, 21-25 away)

Marlins 3

(44-49, 19-27 home)

    7:05 PM ET, July 16, 2007

    Sun Life Stadium, Miami, Florida 

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    STL 200101100 5 10 0
    FLA 020000010 3 8 1

    W: B. Looper (7-7)

    L: B. Kim (4-5)

    S: J. Isringhausen (18)

    Duncan's early homer sparks Cardinals' win over Marlins 

    A CLOSER LOOK
    • Summary: Chris Duncan hit a two-run homer in the first inning and Adam Kennedy homered in the sixth as the Cardinals topped the Marlins.

    Chris Duncan
    Duncan

    • Hero: Duncan's 18th homer of the season landed just inside the right field foul pole, giving the Cardinals an early 2-0 lead.

    • Back in groove: Braden Looper won for the first time in seven starts. His last win came on May 24 against the Pirates.

    • Goat: Byung-Hyun Kim gave up five runs and eight hits in six-plus innings. He walked seven and struck out four.

    • Quotable: "I've been working at getting better at-bats the last couple days. It's do-or-die now. A night like this is really big at this time of year." -- Kennedy

    -- ESPN.com news services

    Cardinals 5, Marlins 3

    MIAMI (AP) -- It was a good return to Florida for Braden Looper.

    Chris Duncan and Adam Kennedy homered to back Looper, who won for the first time in seven starts as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Marlins 5-3 on Monday night.

    Looper (7-7) pitched 6 1/3 innings, scattering five hits and allowing two runs. His last win came on May 24, against Pittsburgh.

    "It's been a while," Looper said. "It was one of the better games I've pitched this year. I haven't felt like this in a month. For the most part, I was able to stay in the bottom of the zone."

    Looper was traded to the Marlins by St. Louis in 1999. He was a reliever for most of his career.

    Byung-Hyun Kim (4-5) pitched six-plus innings for Florida, giving up five runs and eight hits. He walked seven and struck out four.

    "I had too much time [between starts]," said Kim, whose last start was July 5, at San Diego. "I relaxed too much."

    Kennedy's solo home run in the sixth, his second of the year, stretched the Cardinals' lead to 4-2. Kennedy, who hit his first homer of the season Sunday night against Philadelphia, also had a single and double in four at-bats Monday.

    "I've been working at getting better at-bats the last couple days," Kennedy said. "It's do-or-die now. A night like this is really big at this time of year."

    St. Louis added a run in the seventh on a sacrifice fly by Duncan to make it 5-2.

    Miguel Cabrera led off the eighth with his 22nd home run, a shot to right field off Ryan Franklin that made it 5-3. It was Cabrera's fourth home run in three games.

    Jason Isringhausen worked a perfect ninth for his 18th save.

    "He [Looper] did a good job but I wasn't sure how much farther he could go," Cardinals manager Tony La Russa said. "It got a little scary for him in the eighth but he got the decision and so did we."

    St. Louis went ahead 2-0 in the first inning on Duncan's two-run homer that landed just inside the right field foul pole. It was his 18th of the season.

    The Cardinals took a 3-2 lead in the fourth when Juan Encarnacion walked, stole his first base of the season and scored on Gary Bennett's single to left.

    The Marlins tied it at 2 in the second. Mike Jacobs led off with a double and Josh Willingham was hit by a pitch. Jeremy Hermida then drove in Jacobs with a single that also sent Willingham to third. Willingham scored on a sacrifice fly by Matt Treanor.

    Game notes


    After the game, the Marlins optioned RHP Wes Obermueller to Triple-A Albuquerque to make room for RHP Rick Vanden Hurk, who was slated to start Tuesday. ... Cabrera has homered the last three times he has led off an inning. ... Cardinals 2B David Eckstein struck out in the first inning on a pitch that hit him.

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