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Martinez leads Cards to victory

May 09, 2017

MIAMI (Reuters) – After the English-only media left his side in the clubhouse, St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Carlos Martinez let loose with a wry smile and a joke in his native Spanish.

“Maybe,” said Martinez, after he drove in a career-high four runs, “they will put me in left field now.”

That is unlikely to happen, of course, but Martinez was the hero on Monday night as St. Louis defeated the Miami Marlins 9-4 at Marlins Park. Martinez, who had been hitless in 11 at-bats this season, went 2-for-3 with a double and a single. Six runners scored while he was at the plate, although he only got credit for four RBIs as two came in on an error.

After his second-inning double -- a line drive to the corner in left field that one-hopped off the wall -- Martinez amusingly cupped his hands over his right shoulder and then his left as if to say, “Bravo! Bravo!”

Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said pitchers “usually fancy themselves as the best offensive weapons we have.”

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