Marlins blow late lead, lose to Cardinals in 10

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June 26th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

MIAMI (AP) — The Miami Marlins have had a number of losses in June, 17 to be exact. The latest one might be the toughest. The Marlins led 6-1 in the eighth inning before Heath Bell coughed up four runs in the ninth to the St. Louis Cardinals, who received RBI hits from Rafael Furcal and pinch-hitting pitcher Joe Kelly in the 10th to escape with an 8-7 victory Monday night. After halting a six-game losing streak with a win on Sunday, the Marlins have lost 16 of 19. Cardinals starter Jake Westbrook allowed two runs in six innings. St. Louis will send RHP Kyle Lohse (6-2, 2.85 ERA) to the mound today (Tuesday), to face RHP Carlos Zambrano (4-5, 4.01 ERA), who is 12-6 in 31 appearances against the Cardinals.