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Reassigned Cardinals snap losing streak with win over Phillies

The? Cardinals entered Friday’s game against the Phillies losers of? 17 of their last 22 games, a newly reassigned coaching staff, and without? veteran infielder Jhonny Peralta. A shakeup Friday played a hand? in a win to snap the club’s seven-game losing skid and the streaky Cardinals are hoping it jump-starts another run.

Aledmys Diaz went deep and Michael Wacha pitched a quality start as Cardinals? (27-32) topped the Phillies, 3-2 at Busch Stadium.Wacha, who had not been able to finish five innings in each of his last three starts, struck out two in his third win of the season.

That day he tossed eight innings, allowed four hits, one run and struck out five for the Royals in a 4-1 win over the White Sox.
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Saturday’s outing was the sixth no-no in Marlins’ history and just the second in Marlins Park. The only other pitcher to toss a no-hitter for the Marlins at their current park was Henderson Alvarez in the final week of the 2013 regular season.

The Marlins actually won that game on a walk-off hit 1-0.

Volquez completed Saturday’s no-no even after getting tangled with Rey Fuentes at first base following the game’s first at-bat.

The Marlins are now 23-31 on the season, a half-game behind the Mets for second place in the National League East. They are 11 1/2 games behind the Nationals, who have a strangle hold on the top spot in the division.

While Volquez had never thrown a no-hitter before, he did toss a one-hitter July 19, 2012, in a victory for the Padres over the Astros.

Mel Blount Limited Jersey Volquez dedicated Saturday’s game to former Royals teammate Yordano Ventura, who died in a January car accident and would have turned 26 on Saturday.

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