Marlins hold off Cardinals 8-7

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ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Mike Stanton hit a tiebreaking two-run drive in the ninth inning for his third homer in four games, lifting the Florida Marlins to an 8-7 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday night.

Gaby Sanchez had two hits and a bases-loaded walk for the Marlins, who survived blowing a four-run cushion and secured at least a split in all five of their road series. Florida ace Josh Johnson, 3-0 with a miniscule 0.88 ERA, opposes Jake Westbrook in the finale of a four-game series Thursday.

Leo Nunez gave up Jon Jay's second pinch-hit homer of the season in the ninth, but got Matt Holliday to ground into a game-ending double play for his 11th save in 11 chances. Holliday had two hits and an RBI and leads the NL with a .413 average.