Beinfest said the Marlins would likely move Kevin Slowey back into the rotation to replace Nolasco, who was scheduled to pitch Monday at home against the Braves. The Marlins rotation includes four promising young starters — first-time All-Star selection Jose Fernandez, Jacob Turner, Henderson Alvarez and Nathan Eovaldi.
Beinfest said the team has several options in its organization to eventually find a permanent fifth starter for the rotation.
“We want the guys here now to just keep doing what they’re doing,” Beinfest said. “We’ve won a lot of games recently because of their pitching. That’s exactly what we’re looking for.”
The Marlins took a two-run lead into the seventh inning Saturday, but one bad pitch and one embarrassing error cost them the chance at a victory.
Cardinals pinch-hitter Shane Robinson lined a single to right field that only should have set up a first-and-third situation for Matt Carpenter with two outs and the game tied at 4 in the bottom of the ninth.
Instead, Jon Jay, who had reached third base, took off and scored the winning run after Giancarlo Stanton’s throw from right field skidded off the bottom of Logan Morrison’s glove as he tried to cut it off.
The Marlins (32-54) lost back-to-back games for the first time since June 18-19 at Arizona.
“I was just trying to get the ball before it hit the ground,” Morrison said. “It kind of met at the same time. I don’t know if it actually hit the ground or was an in-between hop. I was trying to get it before it hit the ground. I should have just played it back or let it go, because it was on-line.”
Miami Herald sportswriter Clark Spencer contributed to this report.