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Riddle's homer in 11th lifts Marlins over Cardinals, 7-6

JT Riddle hit a two-run homer in the 11th inning, Zac Gallen was effective in his major league debut and Miami beat the St. Louis Cardinals 7-6 on Thursday night.


Brian Anderson also went deep and drove in two runs for the Marlins, who earned a split of the four-game series.


Riddle connected off Andrew Miller (3-3) with one out for a 7-5 lead.


Rookie infielder Tommy Edman homered for the Cardinals, who rallied from 4-1 and 5-3 deficits to tie it.


On deck, Albert Pujols returns Friday for his first game in St. Louis since leaving to sign a $240 million contract with the Angels before the 2012 season.


The slugger won three NL MVP awards and made nine All-Star teams with the Cardinals, leading them to World Series championships in 2006 and 2011. He is sixth on the career list with 645 home runs.


Jarlin Garcia (1-0) got the win with two innings of relief, and Sergio Romo closed for his 13th save in 14 chances. He gave up a two-out RBI double to Yadier Molina, but ended the game by picking off pitcher Jack Flaherty at second base.


Flaherty was pinch-running for Molina.


Edman tied it 5-all with a two-run homer off Tayron Guerrero in the eighth. It was Edman's first career round-tripper and it came in his 10th at-bat.


Gallen gave up one run and five hits in five innings. He struck out six and walked two.


St. Louis starter Adam Wainwright allowed three runs and six hits over 5 1/3 innings in his return from the injured list. The veteran right-hander, who strained his left hamstring running the bases June 9, struck out six and walked one.


Anderson hit a solo homer off John Brebbia in the eighth to push Miami's lead to 5-3. It was his ninth of the season. Anderson also broke a 1-all tie with an RBI double off the glove of third baseman Matt Carpenter in the sixth.


Miguel Rojas gave the Marlins a 4-1 advantage when he knocked in a run with an infield single in the seventh.


St. Louis trimmed the deficit to 4-3 in the bottom half when Paul Goldschmidt hit an RBI double and scored on Marcell Ozuna's single.

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