Jeremy Hermida homered leading off the ninth inning, lifting the Florida Marlins to a 4-3 victory over the visiting St. Louis Cardinals last night.

Hermida hit a 1-1 pitch from reliever Jason Motte (2-2) into the rightfield seats for his first career game-winning homer. It came after Matt Lindstrom (2-1) pitched a scoreless ninth for the Marlins, who rallied from an early three-run hole.

Cardinals starter Chris Carpenter allowed three runs in six innings.

Marlins catcher John Baker left the game in the sixth with a laceration over his left eye after being hit in the head on a swing by leadoff hitter Albert Pujols. The Cardinals slugger fouled off a pitch but followed through and hit Baker with his bat.

In other games:

* At Atlanta, Yunel Escobar hit a two-run single in the seventh, carrying the Braves to a 4-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates.

* At Milwaukee, Carlos Gonzalez had a pair of doubles and the Colorado Rockies rallied for three runs in the seventh inning en route to a 3-2 win over the Brewers.

* At Houston, Ted Lilly (7-4) pitched 6 2/3 shutout innings and the Chicago Cubs beat the Astros, 7-1.

* At Washington, Johnny Cueto (6-2) allowed one run over seven innings and Brandon Phillips knocked in a pair of runs with a double as the Cincinnati Reds defeated the Nationals, 3-2, in a game delayed almost 2 hours by rain.

* At Phoenix, Pablo Sandoval homered and drove in three runs as the San Francisco Giants beat the Arizona Diamondbacks, 9-4.


* Milwaukee outfielder Mike Cameron has been suspended for two games after he made contact with an umpire in Saturday's game against Atlanta. He has filed an appeal and will be allowed to play until it is heard.

Cameron was ejected by plate umpire Marvin Hudson for arguing a called third strike.

* Manny Ramirez visited his Los Angeles Dodgers clubhouse for the first time since his 50-game suspension for violating Major League Baseball's drug policy.

"I don't want to be a distraction for this team," Ramirez said. "What happened, happened. I spoke to [owner] Frank McCourt, I apologized, I spoke to [manager] Joe [Torre], my teammates and I'm ready to move on.

"I didn't kill nobody, I didn't rape nobody, so that's it, I'm just going to come and play the game."

* Pitcher Scott Schoeneweis returned to the Arizona Diamondbacks' active roster, 21 days after the death of his wife. Authorities have not determined a cause of death for Gabrielle Schoeneweis, 39, who was found dead in the couple's home in suburban Fountain Hills on May 20. *