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City Employee Advisory Committee Member Mallory Prewett, West Plains Marine owner Jeff Collins, and City Employee Advisory Committee Member Andy Hawkins with the hole-in-one prize, sponsored by West Plains Marine, a Gravely ZT 60HD valued at $5,199. (Provided)

City Employee Advisory Committee Member Mallory Prewett, West Plains Marine owner Jeff Collins, and City Employee Advisory Committee Member Andy Hawkins with the hole-in-one prize, sponsored by West Plains Marine, a Gravely ZT 60HD valued at $5,199. (Provided)

(West Plains) – The West Plains City Employee Advisory Golf Tournament is scheduled for Saturday, August 23 with a 1 PM shotgun start.

The cost to enter the 2 person scramble game is $100 per team, which includes the cost of 2 mulligans. The tournament is open to the public.

For more information or to sign up, call the West Plains Municipal Golf Course at 417-256-9824.

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) — The Chiefs broke camp on the campus of Missouri Western on Thursday as they prepared for their second preseason game, and will resume practice at their own facility in Kansas City next week.

Now, the question become whether the Chiefs will ever return to St. Joseph.

This was the final year of a five-year contract to take training camp roughly an hour’s drive north of Arrowhead Stadium. Previously, the Chiefs held training camp in Wisconsin, and the trend in the NFL has been to move camp to the team facility on a permanent basis.

“The university here has been phenomenal. They take care of us like no other, and the fans have been awesome,” Chiefs coach Andy Reid said. “Every day we come out, they load it up here and that gives you a little energy, especially going through the dog days of training camp.”

But asked whether Reid would push for a return next season, the old coach punted.

“Listen, I don’t do the business part of it,” Reid said. “And I understand how that works. But we enjoy it here, we do, and from a player-coach standpoint, we enjoy it.”

Chiefs chairman Clark Hunt said he anticipates making a decision on training camp by the end of the year, and that he will consider input from Reid and general manager John Dorsey.

“I wouldn’t say at this point that we are leaning any way,” Hunt said. “Coach Reid really likes the setup we have here. Our deal with the university can potentially extend another five years on a year-to-year basis. It’s a decision that we will have to make after training camp.”

One of the biggest considerations is the Chiefs’ fan base.

Sure, thousands made the long trek to Wisconsin when camp was held in River Falls, but the close proximity of St. Joseph to Kansas City makes things more accessible. And if it were to be moved to the team’s training facility, there would not be nearly enough space to invite the public to regular practices – the team would need to have special workouts in Arrowhead Stadium.

“When we were in River Falls, we had a lot of fans make the trip, but I don’t think we ever had 6,200 fans out on a given day, 100 percent of who were Chiefs fans there cheering the guys on,” Hunt said. “That’s all a very big positive.”

In terms of setup, Missouri Western offers the advantages of dorm space for the 90-man roster the Chiefs take to training camp. If it were moved permanently to Kansas City, the team would need to rent out apartments or hotel rooms for the extra players.

The team would also need to consider its practice fields, which already get torn up by the midway point of the season. Three additional weeks of practice would only make matters worse.

“I know a lot of teams have made that decision to take training camp back to their permanent facilities. It’s not something that we’ve discussed at this point,” Hunt said. “I imagine that if we did make the decision to move, we’d look at all of our options.”

More than anything else, though, Reid believes that going away helps to forge a team. Players spend more time together. They bond. They are able to share moments and experiences that might not happen if they scattered to their own homes after practices.

That’s why Reid also favored going away when he was the coach in Philadelphia.

“The football side is the most important,” Hunt said. “Does the football staff, the coaching staff, feel like they are able to have an effective camp? Be able to get done what they want to get done here? There are a lot of things that go into that, a lot of small details. Andy is, I think, well known for his attention to small detail and the university does a nice job with those small details. So I think there are a lot of positives in terms of staying here.”

Notes: Chiefs S Eric Berry (heel tendinitis), DT Mike DeVito (broken hand), DE Mike Catapano (illness) and LB Josh Mauga (groin strain) missed practice Thursday. … Reid expects his starters to play the first half Sunday in Carolina. He has not decided on the second-half rotation.

ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis Rams kicker Greg Zuerlein is not a fan of the longer distance for extra point attempts that is being tested in the preseason.

“It’s an interesting experiment, but I don’t understand the reasoning behind it,” Zuerlein said Wednesday after practice at Rams Park. “They’re trying new things and we just deal with. I was not consulted.

“I don’t know why they’d change it. The extra point has been around a long time. I really don’t know what to make of it.”

The experiment was approved during the owners’ meeting in March. During the 2013 season, there were only five extra-point attempts missed out of 1,267 chances.

Wanting to do something about the almost automatic kick, the owners decided to try a change in the preseason.

Every extra point attempt during the first two weeks of the preseason is being snapped from the 15-yard line instead of the 2. That makes the normal 20-yard attempt after a touchdown a 33-yard kick.

“It’s a little tougher than the normal extra point,” Zuerlein said. “I just go out and kick.”

Last season, Zuerlein made all 10 of his field-goal attempts from 30 to 39 yards.

In the preseason opener against visiting New Orleans, Zuerlein made all three of his PAT attempts in the Saints’ 26-24 victory.

However, Zuerlein missed two potential game-winning field goals in the fourth quarter. Zuerlein was wide left on a 46-yard attempt with 5:02 left and was wide left again on a 59-yard attempt on the final play of the game.

Zuerlein had the opportunity for the kicks because New Orleans’ Shayne Graham missed a PAT attempt in the second quarter after Khiry Robinson scored on a 1-yard run. Graham’s attempt hit the left upright.

So Zuerlein trotted out for the last-second kick, but was unable to convert.

“I had a chance to win it,” Zuerlein said. “It worked out that way with them missing the extra point so I wasn’t kicking for a tie. So there was that excitement there at the end. It was a long field goal, but it was a makeable kick.

“They wouldn’t put me out there if they didn’t think I had a chance to make it.”

His track record on long kicks is well-known.

As a rookie, Zuerlein connected on seven field goals of at least 50 yards. That set a franchise record. He also set a league record when he kicked a 60-yard field goal, the longest by a rookie.

Zuerlein connected on the 60-yard field goal against the Seattle Seahawks, which beat the franchise record of 58 yards that he set earlier in the game.

In doing so, Zuerlein became the first player in NFL history to make a 60-yard field goal and a 50-plus yarder in the same game.

Last year, Zuerlein had 28 field goal tries to rank 21st among kickers for attempts. He made 26, giving him a conversion rate of 93 percent. He hit 74 percent as a rookie.

“His improvement was significant and the improvement from the beginning of the season to the end of the season was there, too, which was good,” said John Fassel, the St. Louis special teams coordinator.

Zuerlein made 12 consecutive field goals in the final seven weeks to end the season.

Of his last 14 kickoffs in 2013, 13 went for touchbacks. The other one was a perfectly placed onside kick that was recovered by the Rams.

Fassel believes Zuerlein can get better. He has been working hard in camp, making some minor adjustments.

“He’s tweaked just minimally a few things, but we don’t want to change them at all because I keep saying that I was really proud of him, really the last three, four weeks of the season,” Fassel said. “I thought he was stronger the last month than at any point in his first year or even after and up until that point.

“So, there’s some things … we’re working off on kickoffs, as well and on field goals. He knows his leg strength is dynamite and we’re working on putting it right down the middle every time so it’s good.”

MIAMI (AP) — R&B blared in the St. Louis Cardinals’ postgame clubhouse, making conversation difficult, and Justin Masterson reached over to the stereo and turned down the volume so he could talk about his latest outing.

Masterson did it all Wednesday- pitching, hitting and monitoring the music after St. Louis beat the Miami Marlins 5-2.

The former Indians ace earned his first career RBI in the sixth with a two-out single. But he was more excited about pitching seven scoreless innings in his best outing since being acquired in a trade with Cleveland on July 30.

“I pray to the good lord that this is on the right path,” said Masterson, who has struggled for much of the season. “I felt very comfortable. The ball was coming out well and it was heavy. And it was going at guys; that’s nice, too.”

The 6-foot-6 sinkerballer recorded 12 outs on groundballs. He also bounced a grounder through the Miami infield for his RBI, and when asked if he got the ball as a souvenir, he laughed.

“I got a W,” he said. “It’s much better for the team than the ball.”

Masterson improved to 2-1 with St. Louis and 5-6 overall. He allowed three hits – all singles – and no walks and threw only 91 pitches before departing for a pinch hitter.

After recording only six outs in his previous start, he lowered his ERA to 6.00 in three outings with the Cardinals, and 5.14 overall this year.

“Today was just a great sign of the kind of pitcher he can be when he gets it all put together,” manager Mike Matheny said. “It couldn’t have happened at a better time.”

The Marlins were going for their first three-game sweep of the Cardinals since 1996, but they didn’t get a runner to second base until the ninth.

“Absolutely we wanted to get greedy and try to go for the sweep,” Casey McGehee said. “But Masterson threw the ball well.”

Miami walked in a run and allowed two unearned runs on a pair of errors by second baseman Jordany Valdespin. Nathan Eovaldi (6-7) allowed four runs, two earned, in six innings.

Jeff Baker hit a two-run homer for the Marlins, but NL home run and RBI leader Giancarlo Stanton went 0 for 4 with two strikeouts.

The Cardinals won despite going 2 for 11 with runners in scoring position. They were 4 for 26 in those situations in the series, which made a two-out, two-run single by Matt Adams in the third inning especially welcome.

“Somebody in the dugout yelled real loud, `Hey, we got the lead,’” Matheny said. “That was a nice change of pace.”

Masterson made the early advantage stand up.

“You get two or three runs and you can challenge guys and go after them,” he said.


Marlins manager Mike Redmond caught Masterson in 2010 when both were with the Indians.

“He’s a totally different guy than I caught,” Redmond said. “He definitely relies on his location and changes speeds, but he still gets a ton of groundballs. We never got anything going against him.”

Redmond also caught the Marlins’ starter Thursday, Brad Penny, when both played for Florida.


Cardinals LF Matt Holliday left the game in the seventh inning when his chronic knee trouble flared up, but he said the problem wasn’t serious.

Marlins LHP Dan Jennings, who suffered a concussion when he was hit in the head by a line drive on Aug. 7, has been free of symptoms the past two days and played catch before the game. There’s no timetable yet for his return.

Redmond said he anticipates that RHP Carter Capps (elbow) and INF Derek Dietrich (wrist) will rejoin the team next month.


The Cardinals open a homestand Thursday against the Padres when John Lackey pitches against Eric Stults. Lackey has an 8.25 ERA in two starts since joining St. Louis.

Penny pitches Thursday against Arizona and Chase Anderson. Penny has a 1.93 ERA in 23 games against the Diamondbacks.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The crowd roared as Jason Vargas emerged from the dugout for the ninth inning, the Kansas City Royals trying to hold onto a 3-0 lead over the Oakland Athletics in a matchup of playoff hopefuls.

Five pitches later, the crowd roared even louder.

Vargas finished off his three-hitter with a flourish, breezing through the A’s for his sixth career shutout. It was the second shutout by Kansas City starters in the past week and the third complete game over that stretch, a big reason why the Royals are leading the AL Central.

“That’s what we want to do if we want to keep playing,” said Vargas, who was making just his third start since going on the disabled list for an emergency appendectomy.

Vargas (9-5) retired the final 23 batters he faced, helping the Royals bounce back from having an eight-game winning streak snapped. They maintained their half-game lead over Detroit.

“If it’s the first pitch or sixth pitch, you’ve got to be ready for contact for a pitch to show up in your area,” said Josh Donaldson, who had one of the A’s three hits. “He did a good job of keeping us off balance all night.”

Omar Infante hit a two-run homer and Salvador Perez drove in the other run off Scott Kazmir (13-5), who lost to Kansas City for the second time in 10 days.

Vargas allowed four runs over 4 1-3 innings against Oakland in his first start off the disabled list, and two runs over five innings against San Francisco his last time out. But on a mild evening at the K, he looked like the dominant left-hander of earlier this season.

Mixing his pitches and catching the corners, Vargas wiggled out of a jam in the first inning and gave up a single leading off the second before muzzling Oakland the rest of the way.

Vargas needed only 92 pitches over eight innings, so manager Ned Yost sent him out for the ninth rather than turn it over to All-Star closer Greg Holland. Five pitches later, he had his first shutout since last September, when he beat Oakland 3-0 as a member of the Angels.

“He got back to being how he was,” Yost said.

Meanwhile, the Royals were giving Vargas more than enough offense.

After leaving runners on the corners in the first, Kansas City broke through in the third when Nori Aoki cracked a one-out single and Infante sent a 2-0 pitch into the left-field bullpen. It was his sixth homer of the season and his first since June 27.

The Royals left another runner on third in the fourth, but managed to manufacture a run in the fifth. Christian Colon led off with a single, Aoki laid down a sacrifice bunt and Infante managed to beat the throw on an infield single before Perez hit a lazy sacrifice fly to right field.

Kazmir wound up allowing seven hits and a walk over seven innings.

“You just have to keep after it,” A’s manager Bob Melvin said. “At times, you’re going to get well-pitched games against you and today was one of those. I don’t think our approach was any worse today than it was yesterday. It was counteracted by a guy that pitched a great game.”


The game lasted 2 hours, 6 minutes, the shortest for Kansas City since Sept. 10, 2011.


Aoki went 2 for 3 against Kazmir, raising his average to .358 against left-handers this season. Kansas City is also 29-9 in games in which he scores.


Oakland has been shut out six times this season, twice by the Royals. The Rangers’ Martin Perez and the Tigers’ Rick Porcello have thrown shutouts.


Athletics: SS Jed Lowrie remained in the lineup despite a fractured right index finger. … 1B Kyle Blanks (calf strain) planned to play at Triple-A Sacramento on Wednesday as he rehabs.

Royals: 1B Eric Hosmer will have an X-ray Thursday on the broken bone in his right hand to determine whether he is ready to start rehabbing it. He’s been out since July 31.


Athletics: Jeff Samardzija makes his second career appearance against Kansas City, the first a relief appearance in a 3-2 loss on Jun 25, 2011, when he was still with the Cubs.

Royals: James Shields is coming off his first shutout with the Royals, a 5-0 win over San Francisco. He carried a shutout into the sixth in a win over Oakland on Aug. 3.

(Springfield) – Ozarks Public Television (OPT) will premiere a locally-produced documentary on the history, impact and legacy that Ozarks individuals and golf courses have made to the sport of golf. These highlights have contributed to the popularity and profile of golf on a national level.

“Links to the Past, Fairways to the Future” will be broadcast on OPT at 8 p.m. Aug. 21 and will repeat at 6 p.m. Aug. 24. The program is presented as part of OPT’s commitment to local productions that document, present and preserve significant aspects of regional Ozarks history and is made possible through the participation of many individuals and area archives and the generous financial support of project funders.

The evolution of golf in the Ozarks is remarkable and so are the individuals, courses and shared histories that reflect the sport’s ongoing popularity and growing legacy. This celebrated story begins at the Springfield County Club in 1907 with courses in Joplin, Aurora, Monett and other communities in the Ozarks soon developing.

The growth and popularity of the sport would quickly contribute to the development of many tremendous players, including one of the all-time successful competitors, Horton Smith, who in the late 20s and early 30s became one of the greatest players of the era, capturing the first Masters title in 1934 and his second in 1936.

Well-known names such as Herman Keiser, Hale Irwin and Payne Stewart would also enjoy professional success and acclaim. Women players including JoAnne Thomas, Connie Morris, Joyce Mahoney, Cathy Reynolds and others would dominate golf not only locally, but across the state and nationally.

The documentary, presented in high definition, features extensive first-person perspectives and memories, as well as context from respected historians. Abundant archival documents, photos and video bring the story to life, preserving not only the history of golf in the Ozarks but demonstrating its strong future and home to one of the top junior golf programs in the nation.

“OPT’s commitment to document the history of the Ozarks region continues with this very special project,” said OPT General Manager Tammy Wiley. “With the help of several notable personalities, we’re able help tell the story of golf in the Ozarks, celebrating the past while also looking at opportunities for the next generation of golfers in this region. This documentary would not be possible without the support of our sponsors and donors; we are deeply grateful for their help.”

St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Adam Wainwright sits in the dugout after pitching in the fourth inning during a baseball game against the Miami Marlins, Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Adam Wainwright sits in the dugout after pitching in the fourth inning during a baseball game against the Miami Marlins, Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

MIAMI (AP) – The drive down the left-field line took a surprising path, clanging off the foul pole for a homer by a batter who rarely hits them against a pitcher who rarely gives them up.

That narrow margin loomed large because of the way Jarred Cosart pitched against Adam Wainwright. Cosart went seven innings Tuesday to earn his first victory for the Miami Marlins, who beat Wainwright and the St. Louis Cardinals 3-0.

Wainwright (14-7) missed a chance to become the first 15-game winner in the majors. He went seven innings and allowed three runs, with two coming on a fourth-inning home run by Donovan Solano – only the sixth homer allowed by the Cardinals’ ace.

“I thought for sure the ball was going foul,” Solano said.

He wasn’t the only one.

“That ball was 10 feet foul and it came back fair. It was just the craziest ball flight I’ve ever seen,” Wainwright said. “He thought it was foul, the umpire thought it was foul, I thought it was foul, everyone in the park thought it was foul. And then the ball started having this ball flight back to the pole, and it ended up hitting the pole. You can’t do anything about that.”

It was stunner coming against Wainwright, who began the game with the best innings-to-homers ratio among all major league starters. The homer was Solano’s first ever at Marlins Park in 133 games.

His only other homer this year came against another All-Star, David Price.

“You can book Donovan for every ace in the league from here on out,” Marlins manager Mike Redmond said with a giggle.

Cosart allowed three hits and one walk to win for the first time since July 7. The victory came in his second start for Miami after being acquired from Houston in a trade for prospects.

“I think that’s why I got traded – they had confidence in my ability that I can help this team,” Cosart said. “I have the utmost confidence in my own ability that I can come in here and help these guys win games and help make a playoff push.”

He’s 1-1 with the Marlins and 10-7 overall this year.

Casey McGehee led off the Marlins’ fourth and hustled for a double when left fielder Matt Holliday was slow getting the ball back into the infield. Jarrod Saltalamacchia singled home the game’s first run, and Solano pulled an inside sinker for his homer.

“I think I got so caught up trying to stuff it in there that I didn’t juice it like I wanted to,” Wainwright said. “That may be why he got to it. You’ve got to tip your hat sometimes. It obviously looks ridiculously stupid that I gave up a two-run homer there, but the sad thing is it probably wouldn’t have mattered because their guys pitched very good and we didn’t score.”


Cosart, who missed his last turn because of a sore lower back, decided not to risk aggravating the injury at the plate. He took six strikes in two at-bats.


With closer Steve Cishek given the night off, Mike Dunn came on with two on and two out in the ninth and earned his first save by retiring Matt Adams. The Marlins improved to 15-10 since the All-Star break.


Marlins RF Giancarlo Stanton is aware of the buzz building that he deserves MVP consideration.

“You understand what the possibilities are,” he said, “but I’m not typing MVP on Google every night.”

Stanton came into the game tied for the major league lead with 31 home runs, and he led the NL in RBIs, total bases and walks. He walked twice but also grounded into two double plays.


Justin Masterson, who got only six outs in his most recent outing, starts for the Cardinals against Nathan Eovaldi in the final game of the series Wednesday. Masterson has an 11.25 ERA in two starts since joining the Cardinals, but manager Mike Matheny said he was encouraged by the way the right-hander threw in his most recent bullpen session.

Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Jeremy Guthrie comes out of the game during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics, Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Jeremy Guthrie comes out of the game during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics, Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

(Kansas City) (AP) – The Kansas City Royals’ winning streak ended with a resounding thud.

Jon Lester pitched six strong innings and Josh Donaldson homered twice and drove in four runs as the Oakland Athletics beat Kansas City 11-3 Tuesday night, snapping the Royals’ eight-game winning streak.

“We’re not going to win every game from here on out. If somebody thinks we were, sorry,” Royals manager Ned Yost said. “But we’ve got to keep these nights few and far between. These games quite frankly are easier to forget than the 3-2, 2-1. You just move on.”

Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie (8-10) allowed six runs and 11 hits in 4 2-3 innings. Guthrie was not nearly as sharp as he was on Aug. 1 when he held the A’s to three hits over six scoreless innings in a 1-0 victory. This lopsided loss may not be so easy for him to remove from his thoughts.

“Maybe it makes it a little easier,” Guthrie said. “I’m not absolutely certain. We play 162 of these and you take them for what it’s worth. They strung together a bunch of hits and they had a tough pitcher and won the game.”

Lester (13-7) has won all three of his start since the A’s acquired him July 31 in a deal that sent All-Star outfielder Yoenis Cespedes to Boston. Lester struck out nine and allowed three runs, six hits and two walks.

“I’d rather face Cespedes four times in a game than face Lester one game,” Royals manager Ned Yost said. “That’s just me. That’s not taking anything away from Cespedes. He can beat you with one swing of the bat.”

The Royals have won 11 of 13 with both losses to Lester, who is 9-3 with a 1.84 ERA in 13 career starts against Kansas City.

Donaldson homered in the seventh and eighth off left-hander Bruce Chen for his third multi-homer game of the season. He also added an RBI double in the first and a sacrifice fly in the fifth. Chen, who had not pitched since Aug. 2, was roughed up for five runs on nine hits in four innings.

Brandon Moss had four hits, matching his career high, as the A’s banged out a season-high 20 hits.

Salvador Perez and Lorenzo Cain doubled in the Royals’ three-run fifth.


Athletics: SS Jed Lowrie has a fractured right index finger, which was detected by a MRI Tuesday. He injured it Aug. 4 and it was originally believed to be a bruise as an X-ray showed no break. Lowrie, who played four days with it, is hopeful he can avoid the disabled list, but may need extra days off.

Royals: LHP Scott Downs went on the DL with a stiff neck.


Athletics: LHP Scott Kazmir goes Wednesday. He has held opposing batters to a major league best .071 average with runners in scoring position and two out.

Royals: LHP Jason Vargas has not walked a batter at home in 26 1-3 innings, an intentional pass to Yadier Molina on June 4.


Josh Willingham drew a standing ovation when he doubled in his first at-bat. The Royals acquired Willingham in a trade Monday with the Twins.


When the A’s jumped out to a 1-0 lead, it was the first time in 44 innings the Royals had trailed, dating to the first inning on Aug. 7 at Arizona.


Nori Aoki went 2 for 4 and drove in a run as the Royals’ right fielder is hitting .343 with a home run and nine RBIs in August.

(Mountain Home) – The 9th Annual Euna Mae Nelson Invitational Golf Tournament will be taking place Thursday, September 11 at the Twin Lakes Golf Course in Mountain Home.

An invitation to the tournament has been extended to ladies leagues at thirteen courses throughout North Central Arkansas and Southern Missouri, and is open to any lady golfer. The two-person scramble, limited to the first 100 players, kicks off with registration and breakfast at 7:30 AM, and tee off at 8:30 AM. Prizes will be awarded following lunch at Twin Lakes Golf Course. The fee to enter is $45 per person, excluding cart.

The event is put on by the Twin Lakes Ladies League to benefit the course and is named after fifteen-time club champion and charter member, the late Euna Mae Nelson.

For more information, lady golfers can contact co-chair Sharon Quint at 870-580-0389 or the TLGC Pro Shop at 870-425-2028.

MIAMI (AP) — Giancarlo Stanton led the Miami Marlins to a victory with his bat and his glove.

Stanton hit two home runs and made a spectacular diving catch in right field to help the Marlins beat the St. Louis Cardinals 6-5 on Monday night.

“He was definitely trying to take that game over not only with his bat, but with his glove,” Marlins manager Mike Redmond said.

Stanton’s 13th multihomer game established a franchise career record and he tied Hanley Ramirez for second place on the club’s home run list with 148. Stanton hit a two-run homer in the first and a solo shot in the third to give him 31 on the season and five in his last five games.

“Just feeling better and having better at-bats and pitch selection is a little better,” Stanton said of his recent surge.

Marlins starter Tom Koehler (8-9) allowed three runs and eight hits in five innings.

Steve Cishek escaped the ninth to record his 30th save in 33 chances. With two outs, Cishek allowed an RBI triple by Kolten Wong and an RBI single by Matt Holliday, allowing the Cardinals to pull within 6-5. Cishek struck out Matt Adams to end the game.

Jon Jay hit a two-run homer, Holliday had four hits, and Shelby Miller (8-9) allowed five runs in five innings for the Cardinals, who have lost three of four.

“We had plenty of hits, they just had bigger ones,” Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said.

Stanton’s diving catch to his left on the warning track took a hit away from Wong in the fifth inning.

“I was more trying to protect myself and slide on grass as opposed to dirt and make sure I secure it at the same time,” Stanton said.

The catch prompted the home crowd into giving him a standing ovation, with two homers already to his credit.

“That was really cool that they appreciate things like that,” Stanton said.

Koehler and the Marlins also benefited from key defensive plays by Jordany Valdespin, Christian Yelich, and Adeiny Hechavarria.

“I don’t think I’ve had that many top-notch plays in a course of a season, that was unbelievable,” Koehler said. “If you watch SportsCenter tonight, there’s no reason why we shouldn’t have all 10 (top plays).”

The Cardinals were 2 for 11 with runners in scoring position.

The Marlins led 3-0 after Stanton’s homers, but the Cardinals tied it with three runs in the fourth.

“I made some pitches, but when it came down to the best hitter on their team I threw two of the worst pitches I’ve probably thrown all night,” Miller said.

Hechavarria and Yelich drove in runs in the bottom of the inning to put the Marlins up 5-3.


Marlins hard-throwing right-hander Carter Capps, who has been out since May 25 with a right elbow sprain, could make his return to the team as early as September.

“He’s feeling good and from what I’ve heard, everything is going great, he’s feeling great,” Redmond said.


Cardinals right-hander Adam Wainwright (14-6, 2.28) will take the mound Tuesday against Marlins right-hander Jarred Cosart (0-1, 6.75). Wainwright will be making his first start against the Marlins in four years and Cosart will be making his return to the mound after being scratched from his last start with a sore left oblique.


Cishek became only the third pitcher in Marlins history to record back-to-back 30-save seasons, joining Juan Carlos Oviedo (2010-11) and Robb Nenn (1996-97).


Jay has hit two home runs in his last three games after going homerless in his previous 93 games. The Miami native was able to hit his third homer of the season in front of a number of friends and family members in attendance.

“It’s always fun to come back home, but I’m here trying to win some games,” Jay said.