St. Louis Cardinals defeat Florida Marlins, 11-6

His start abbreviated by a four-run fourth inning, righthander Todd Wellemeyer exposed the Cardinals' bullpen to a hazardous five innings of work in a game already filled with runs.

The relievers kept their portion spotless.

Rookies Blake Hawksworth and Jason Motte, Kyle McClellan and lefties Trever Miller and Dennys Reyes bought time for the Cardinals' offense to pull away with the lead. Hawksworth (4-0) earned the victory for his 1 1/3 scoreless innings, but five C...

At one point this season the Cardinals' Todd Wellemeyer and the Florida Marlins' Ricky Nolasco owned the highest ERAs by National League starting pitchers. Monday night at Busch Stadium they reverted to form.

The Cardinals escaped with an 11-6 win to end a three-game losing streak and to reduce their magic number for clinching the NL Central to 10. But if manager Tony La Russa was hoping for some reassurance after learning of another health concern within his pitching s...