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Diamondbacks 7, Cardinals 6

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ST. LOUIS -- Another stingy start by Chris Carpenter got wasted by the St. Louis Cardinals.

Chad Tracy hit a tiebreaking two-run double in a four-run seventh inning and the Arizona Diamondbacks turned three St. Louis errors into three unearned runs against last year's NL Cy Young winner in a 7-6 victory on Sunday.

"It was just an ugly game both ways," Diamondbacks manager Bob Melvin said. "We kicked it around, they kicked it around. Both sides gave the other side more outs than they should."

Johnny Estrada had two hits and three RBI while Luis Gonzalez went 4-for-5 and scored two runs for the Diamondbacks, who avoided a three-game sweep. Gonzalez hit his 507th double in the ninth, snapping a tie with Babe Ruth for 38th place on the career list.

"It's pretty exciting when you look at some of the names and stuff like that," Gonzalez said. "I'm more excited that we got the win."

Estrada and Shawn Green had RBI singles in the seventh, giving the Diamondbacks the cushion they needed after the Cardinals scored three in the bottom of the seventh. Arizona is 4-14 against the Cardinals the last four seasons.

Carpenter has a mismatched 3-2 record and 1.98 ERA, and in his four no-decisions he's allowed two earned runs in 26 innings. Last year he was 21-5 with a 2.83 ERA.

"It just shows how hard and how tough it is to win the amount of games I won last year," Carpenter said. "It's just the way the game is.

"I've probably thrown the ball better this year so far than I did last year, but I'm 3-2."

Miguel Batista also gave up three runs, none of them earned, as the teams combined for five errors. The Cardinals tied a season high with their second three-error game in five days, and a two-out fielding error by Diamondbacks shortstop Craig Counsell opened the door for a three-run sixth for St. Louis that tied it at 3-3.

A throwing error by Tracy, the third baseman, helped the Cardinals cut the gap to a run in the seventh. Albert Pujols had a sacrifice fly in the inning for his major league-leading 48th RBI, and pinch-hitter Larry Bigbie had a run-scoring infield hit.

Eric Byrnes and Counsell singled off Adam Wainwright (1-1) to start the seventh, then moved up on Damion Easley's sacrifice. Tracy greeted Randy Flores with a drive over the head of center fielder Jim Edmonds that bounced into the stands.

Yadier Molina's two-run single in the sixth had tied it for the Cardinals. They lost for the second time in nine games overall.

Luis Vizcaino (2-2) struck out pinch-hitter So Taguchi with the bases loaded to end the sixth. Jose Valverde worked the ninth for his 11th save in 12 chances.

Pujols' first error of the season in the fifth led to the game's first run. Jeff DaVanon hit a leadoff double, went to third when Pujols dropped a throw to first by second baseman Aaron Miles, and scored on Counsell's grounder.

Shortstop David Eckstein's fielding error in the sixth led to two more unearned runs that put the Diamondbacks ahead 3-0. Eckstein got to Conor Jackson's grounder up the middle, but it deflected off his glove and he tossed late to second for a potential forceout. With two outs, Estrada hit a two-run single.

Batista held the Cardinals hitless until Miles' infield single with two outs in the fifth. Carpenter gave up five hits in six innings.

"I didn't care about Carpenter," Batista said. "I was worried more about Pujols and the other guys. I don't worry about pitchers."

Notes

Diamondbacks 2B Damion Easley made a nice running catch in shallow center field, twisting to make the grab that robbed Scott Rolen of a hit in the second. Cardinals LF Scott Spiezio robbed Easley in the fifth with a lunging catch. ... Wainwright allowed two runs in one-third of an inning. Entering the game, he had given up one run in 16 2/3 innings all season. ... Jackson was 0-for-4, ending a 13-game hitting streak. ... Batista had five walks, tying a season high for Arizona pitchers.

 
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Players of the Game
Arizona

J. Estrada
AB 4
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 3
St. Louis

J. Edmonds
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 0
RBI 0
 
Arizona Diamondbacks
Craig Counsell, SS5121000 .314
Damion Easley, 2B4000021 .224
    Jose Valverde, P0000000 .000
Chad Tracy, 3B5112010 .301
Luis Gonzalez, LF5240001 .276
Conor Jackson, 1B4100003 .292
    Brandon Lyon, P0000000 .000
   a- Orlando Hudson, PH-2B1000001 .217
Shawn Green, RF4011121 .326
Johnny Estrada, C4023002 .309
Jeff DaVanon, CF3110001 .286
    Luis Vizcaino, P0000000 .000
   b- Tony Clark, PH-1B1000012 .140
Miguel Batista, P2000010 .176
    Eric Byrnes, CF2110010 .302
Totals4071271812 
a-flied out for Lyon in the 9th
b-struck out for Vizcaino in the 7th
Batting
2B - Chad Tracy (13, Flores), Luis Gonzalez (12, Hancock), Jeff DaVanon (4, Carpenter)
SH - Damion Easley (2)
RBI - Craig Counsell (12), Chad Tracy 2 (25), Shawn Green (12), Johnny Estrada 3 (22)
2-OUT RBI - Shawn Green (3), Johnny Estrada 3 (12)
CS - Craig Counsell (3, 2nd base by Carpenter/Molina)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Tracy-Easley-Jackson, Tracy-Easley-Jackson, Counsell-Easley-Clark
E - Craig Counsell (2, misplayed grounder), Chad Tracy (1, throwing error)
Arizona Diamondbacks
Miguel Batista 5.2430530 4.44
Luis Vizcaino (W,2-2) 0.1000010 2.45
Brandon Lyon 2432000 2.70
Jose Valverde (S,11) 1100000 2.51
HBP - Miles (by Luis Vizcaino)
Pitches-Strikes - Miguel Batista 102-54, Luis Vizcaino 12-6, Brandon Lyon 30-21, Jose Valverde 14-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Miguel Batista 6-7, Brandon Lyon 4-2
Batters Faced - Miguel Batista 25, Luis Vizcaino 2, Brandon Lyon 10, Jose Valverde 4
St. Louis Cardinals
David Eckstein, SS5110000 .316
John Rodriguez, RF4220100 .417
Albert Pujols, 1B3001101 .333
Jim Edmonds, CF4230110 .274
Scott Rolen, 3B5100002 .293
Scott Spiezio, LF1000210 .268
    Adam Wainwright, P0000000 .000
    Randy Flores, P0000000 .000
    Braden Looper, P0000000 .000
   a- Larry Bigbie, PH1011000 .286
    Josh Hancock, P0000000 .000
    Tyler Johnson, P0000000 .000
Yadier Molina, C4012002 .174
Aaron Miles, 2B3010000 .318
Chris Carpenter, P2000011 .053
   b- So Taguchi, PH-LF2000013 .259
Totals34694549 
a-singled for Looper in the 7th
b-struck out for Carpenter in the 6th
Batting
SF - Albert Pujols (2)
RBI - Albert Pujols (48), Larry Bigbie (1), Yadier Molina 2 (11)
2-OUT RBI - Yadier Molina 2 (8)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
E - David Eckstein (3, misplayed grounder), Albert Pujols (1, missed catch), Scott Rolen (4, throwing error)
St. Louis Cardinals
Chris Carpenter 6530140 1.98
Adam Wainwright (L,1-1) 0.1222000 1.59
Randy Flores0222000 3.97
Braden Looper 0.2200010 3.07
Josh Hancock 1.2100020 2.14
Tyler Johnson 0.1000010 0.00
Pitches-Strikes - Chris Carpenter 89-59, Adam Wainwright 8-6, Randy Flores 5-3, Braden Looper 20-11, Josh Hancock 21-18, Tyler Johnson 6-4
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Carpenter 9-7, Adam Wainwright 1-0
Batters Faced - Chris Carpenter 26, Adam Wainwright 3, Randy Flores 2, Braden Looper 4, Josh Hancock 6, Tyler Johnson 1
Game Information
Attendance - 40891
Game Time - 3:07
Temperature - 51
Umpires - Home - Jerry Layne, First Base - Mark Wegner, Second Base - Marvin Hudson, Third Base - Ed Montague