MLB Insiders - Cards 20 Hits Lead to Win

"That was one of our better comebacks of the year," manager Tony La Russa said. "Give our position players a lot of credit. They were out there a long time the first three or four innings."

If the Cardinals go on to win the National League Central title for the third year in a row, they can look back on Wednesday's game with the Marlins as a watershed affair.

After being drubbed 9-1 by the Marlins on Tuesday, the Cardinals fell behind 5-1 in the fourth inning Wednesday. But then 21 of the next 33 Cardinals reached base, including pitchers Jason Marquis and Adam Wainwright, who combined for three hits. The Cardinals ultimately rolled up a season-high 20 hits in a 13-6 win over the Marlins.

Right-hander Jason Marquis moved into a tie for the league lead in wins at 14 but staggered through the first four innings before throwing his best inning, a scoreless fifth, after the Cardinals had tied the game at 5 in the bottom of the fourth.

"He gets so charged up," La Russa said. "When he gets the ball down, good things happen."

The Cardinals had eight doubles, tying the franchise record, including three by Scott Rolen, who has 42 for the season.

After having no at-bats with runners in scoring position the night before, the Cardinals were 11-for-21 in such instances Wednesday.

REPLAY: Scott Rolen had one of his three doubles and Preston Wilson doubled home two runs in a four-run fifth inning that erased a 5-1 deficit Wednesday, and the Cardinals went on to a 13-6 win over Florida.

Adam Wainwright didn't get a victory or a save, but he was the best pitcher on either side, fanning four in two scoreless innings of relief and doubling with two outs and nobody on to start a five-run seventh.

--CF Jim Edmonds had trouble seeing the ball when taking batting practice Wednesday, so it appears he is nowhere close to playing on any regular basis as he continues to battle post-concussion syndrome.

--LHP Mark Mulder probably will be out much of the rest of the season with his left shoulder issues. SS David Eckstein will be out a couple more weeks with a strained oblique muscle, and hot-hitting C Gary Bennett went to the sideline early in Wednesday's game with a sprained lower back as he awkwardly made a tag at the plate on a botched squeeze play.

"You concentrate on the guys who can play, not the guys who are missing," manager Tony La Russa said. "You need to concentrate on who're you're playing and what you're playing with."

--Cardinals pitchers are 8-for-12 on the homestand.

--RHP Jason Marquis has a 5.86 ERA despite winning 14 games. Only two pitchers after 1900 have finished the season with higher ERAs with 14 or more wins. Wes Ferrell was 15-10 with a 6.28 ERA in 1938, and Guy Bush was 15-10 with a 6.20 ERA in 1930.

--1B Albert Pujols' fifth-inning homer was his first extra-base hit in 27 at-bats.

BY THE NUMBERS: 0 -- Number of games the Cardinals will play on artificial turf this season. That is the first time that's happened since artificial turf came into being in the 1960s.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "I'm so old, I remember Harry Caray calling the Cardinal games." -- Former President Bill Clinton, who visited the Cardinals' clubhouse when the team was in New York.

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