ST. LOUIS -- After the Miami Marlins pulled out a crazy 7-6 win Friday night over the St. Louis Cardinals, manager Don Mattingly was asked if they sent a message.I dont know how much of a message it sends, he said. There are a lot of big games left. You love coming out after the (All-Star) break and getting a win, but it feels like Opening Day -- you have lots of games left.Still, Miami (48-41) kept pace with the New York Mets for the National Leagues second wild-card spot and dropped St. Louis (46-43) two games in arrears. The teams meet again Saturday night in the middle game of their three-game weekend set in Busch Stadium.The series opener showcased the best and worst of both teams. The Marlins mediocre starting pitching -- aside from ace Jose Fernandez -- was offset by a solid offense and an outstanding defense.The Cardinals power bats -- they belted four more homers Friday night, giving them 121 in 89 games -- were ultimately canceled out by a poor defensive game and more shaky work from the bullpen.While St. Louis was officially charged with just one error, it failed to make two plays that could have shortened innings and led to Miami runs. Three different relievers coughed up runs, with new closer Seung Hwan Oh absorbing the loss.Its definitely not how you want to play the game, center fielder Randal Grichuk said. We had the lead twice and blew it both times.After suffering one of their most frustrating defeats of the year, the Cardinals will turn to ace Adam Wainwright to make things right. Wainwright (8-5, 4.49) is coming off consecutive wins over Milwaukee and Pittsburgh in which he allowed just one run in 14 innings.The veteran right-hander tied a season high with nine strikeouts against the Pirates on July 7, earning a 5-1 victory.I was having fun mixing and matching four-seams and two-seams and cutters and curveballs, Wainwright said. I was pitching out there. Thats how I did it in 2014. Ive kind of found that again.Whats more, Wainwright has enjoyed pitching against the Marlins in his career, going 4-2 with a 2.33 earned run average in eight career starts. This will be just his second start against them since 2010, thoughThe Marlins will run right-hander Tom Koehler (6-7, 4.50) to the mound. He hopes for better success than he found Sunday, when he lasted only four innings in a 7-3 win over Cincinnati, giving up seven hits and three runs.Koehler, who was bailed out by his defense in that outing, is 1-2 with a 7.86 ERA in three career starts against St. Louis, losing his only start against it last year.However, Miami appears to have momentum on its side presently. In search of its first playoff spot since 2003, it has five batters over .300 in its everyday lineup, quality athletes at just about every spot on the field and one of the top bullpens in the NL.It doesnt take 25 guys to make the playoffs, it takes more than that, said Marlins second baseman Miguel Rojas, who had the game-winning hit Friday night. I think were separating ourselves from a team playing .500 baseball to a team going for the playoffs. Nick Markakis Jersey . The veteran safety was a starter for the Bengals from 2008-2012. 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We have a lot of respect for their team and their level of play, and we know they are going to be highly motivated and confident come Saturday.Arizona State had a disappointing 2015 season, finishing 6-7 after being picked as a dark horse College Football Playoff team early in the season.The Sun Devils return this season with a quarterback battle between players who have never thrown a pass in college, along with questions on the offensive line and defensive secondary.Northern Arizona could present a difficult challenge despite playing the little brother to the two FBS programs in Arizona.The Lumberjacks opened the season ranked 18th in the two major FCS preseason polls and were picked to win the Big Sky Conference. They have an explosive offense that includes a quarterback and a receiver who received All-American recognition last season, which could cause some problems for an Arizona State defense that ranked last nationally in pass defense a year ago.They are going to catch some passes and theyre going to have some plays because they are very talented, Graham said.A few things to look for when Arizona State and Northern Arizona open the season Saturday night:WHOS THE QB?: Between Taylor Kelly and Mike Bercovici last season, Graham has known who his starting quarterback would be in every season except his first (2012) in the desert. This season,, Arizona State joins Tulane as the only FBS programs to not have a quarterback on its roster who has thrown a collegiate pass.dddddddddddd Sophomore Manny Wilkins and redshirt freshman Brady White had battled for the spot since spring before Graham told a local radio station on Friday that Wilkins will start against the Lumberjacks. Graham added that the QB competition is not over, so White could see some playing time Saturday and beyond.COOKUS RETURNS: While Arizona State has questions at quarterback, NAU certainly does not. Case Cookus had a stellar freshman season, throwing for 3,117 yards and 37 touchdowns while completing 69 percent of his passes. He was named the FCS national freshman of the year last season, a third-team All-American and has one of the nations best receivers to throw to, FCS All-American Emmanuel Butler. Against a revamped ASU secondary, there could be a few big plays Saturday night.POWER AND SPEED: Arizona States inexperience at quarterback will be offset by one of the best and most experienced backfields in the Pac-12. Juniors Demario Richard and Kalen Ballage give the Sun Devils a mix of power and speed that will make it difficult for the Lumberjacks -- or anyone else -- to stop. At 5-foot-10, 219 pounds, Richard goes through would-be tacklers like a bowling ball. 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