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St. Louis at Arizona

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St. Louis (69-70)007010000892
Arizona (80-63) «30150000x9101

Diamondbacks 9, Cardinals 8

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PHOENIX -- Stephen Drew helped the Diamondbacks hang on and double their lead in the NL West.

Drew homered to help the Diamondbacks overcome a horrendous third inning and beat the St. Louis Cardinals 9-8 Saturday night for a two-game lead over San Diego.

"There are several guys who all read the paper and they know where we are," Diamondbacks manager Bob Melvin said. "You can't help it, but I think they try not to look too far ahead. We just want to look at game to game and series to series."

Drew's three-run homer in the fourth inning helped the Diamondbacks overcome a four-run deficit after St. Louis scored seven runs in the third. The Cardinals fell two games back in the NL Central, behind Chicago and Milwaukee atop the division.

Jose Valverde pitched the ninth for his major league-best 44th save in 51 chances.

Conor Jackson said the Diamondbacks are trying hard not to look at the standings.

"It's one of those cliches, but we're trying to take it one game at a time," said Jackson, who homered in the first inning. "All these games count as only one."

After back-to-back singles in the first inning by Chris Young and Eric Byrnes, Jackson homered over the left field wall off Braden Looper. It was Jackson's 13th homer.

Todd Wellemeyer (3-2) relieved Looper in the fourth after he allowed seven runs on eight hits in 3 1/3 innings.

"The pitchers just had a tough night. We didn't score the last four (innings)," LaRussa said. "It was a very gutty loss, a tough loss."

Albert Pujols got St. Louis started in the third inning with a two-run triple off the glove of right fielder Jeff Salazar. An error by starting pitcher Micah Owings allowed Pujols to score before Aaron Miles hit a three-run homer. Looper singled in the seventh run.

Dana Eveland (1-0) got the final out of the fourth.

Eric Byrnes doubled in the bottom of the third, stole third and scored when the throw got away as Arizona made it 7-4. The Diamondbacks tied the game in the fourth on Drew's homer which knocked out Looper. Miguel Montero put them back on top 8-7 with a sacrifice fly in the inning followed by an RBI single from Carlos Quentin.

"I just knew to be patient and wait for a pitch I could drive," Drew said. "I had to wait."

Notes

St. Louis C Yadier Molina was scratched from the lineup after taking a foul ball off the mask in Friday night's game. Molina is day to day. ... Cardinals INF David Eckstein was hit by pitches twice. ... Cardinals OF Chris Duncan left the game with a strained groined and is day-to-day. ... Owings failed to pitch at least three innings in a start for the second time, going 2 2/3 innings. He also went that distance May 18 at Pittsburgh.
 
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Players of the Game
Arizona

E. Byrnes
AB 3
R 3
H 2
HR 0
RBI 0
St. Louis

A. Miles
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
 
St. Louis Cardinals
David Eckstein, SS3000001 .295
Rick Ankiel, RF5100013 .333
Albert Pujols, 1B4132100 .321
Jim Edmonds, CF4100114 .243
Chris Duncan, LF2100100 .260
    Mike Maroth, PR0100000 .214
    Troy Percival, P0000000 .000
   a- Miguel Cairo, PH1000000 .237
    Randy Flores, P0000000 .000
    Russ Springer, P0000000 .000
   b- Skip Schumaker, PH1000000 .315
Aaron Miles, 2B4123000 .308
Kelly Stinnett, C4110012 .180
Braden Looper, P1111100 .191
    Todd Wellemeyer, P0000000 .091
   c- Ryan Ludwick, PH-LF2011010 .252
Brendan Ryan, 3B4010022 .338
Totals3589746  
a-grounded out for Percival in the 7th
b-grounded out for Springer in the 9th
c-singled for Wellemeyer in the 5th
Batting
2B - Albert Pujols (29, Owings), Kelly Stinnett (3, Owings)
3B - Albert Pujols (1, Owings)
HR - Aaron Miles (2, Owings)
RBI - Albert Pujols 2 (88), Aaron Miles 3 (29), Braden Looper (6), Ryan Ludwick (40)
2-OUT RBI - Albert Pujols 2 (23), Aaron Miles 3 (13), Braden Looper (4)
PK - Ryan Ludwick (1, Medders)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Jim Edmonds 1
DP - Edmonds-Miles-Pujols
E - Aaron Miles (13, Missed catch of throw), Kelly Stinnett (3, Throwing)
St. Louis Cardinals
Braden Looper 3.1876122 4.70
Todd Wellemeyer (L,3-3) 0.2120200 5.32
Troy Percival 2000020 2.32
Randy Flores 0.2100020 4.41
Russ Springer 1.1000110 2.37
Pitches-Strikes - Braden Looper 71-44, Todd Wellemeyer 24-13, Troy Percival 22-15, Randy Flores 12-8, Russ Springer 17-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Braden Looper 2-6, Todd Wellemeyer 1-2, Troy Percival 1-3, Russ Springer 1-1
Batters Faced - Braden Looper 19, Todd Wellemeyer 6, Troy Percival 6, Randy Flores 3, Russ Springer 4
Arizona Diamondbacks
Stephen Drew, SS5113010 .230
Chris Young, CF4210120 .238
Eric Byrnes, LF3320100 .297
Conor Jackson, 1B3113100 .279
    Jose Valverde, P0000000 .000
Miguel Montero, C3001021 .223
    Brandon Lyon, P0000000 .000
    Tony Clark, 1B0000000 .243
Mark Reynolds, 3B2010011 .270
    Dana Eveland, P0000000 .000
   a- Carlos Quentin, PH1011000 .216
    Brandon Medders, P0000000 .000
    Doug Slaten, P0000000 .000
    Dustin Nippert, P0000000 .000
   b- Robby Hammock, PH-C1000010 .231
Jeff Salazar, RF4010003 .274
Augie Ojeda, 2B4110001 .236
Micah Owings, P1000000 .288
    Jailen Peguero, P0000000 .000
    Jeff Cirillo, 3B2110100 .256
Totals33910847  
a-singled for Eveland in the 4th
b-struck out for Nippert in the 7th
Batting
2B - Eric Byrnes (28, Looper), Jeff Cirillo (12, Looper)
HR - Stephen Drew (11, Looper), Conor Jackson (13, Looper)
SF - Miguel Montero (6)
RBI - Stephen Drew 3 (50), Conor Jackson 3 (51), Miguel Montero (36), Carlos Quentin (30)
2-OUT RBI - Carlos Quentin (14)
SB - Eric Byrnes (43, off Looper/Stinnett)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Chris Young 1
E - Micah Owings (2, Misplayed grounder)
Arizona Diamondbacks
Micah Owings 2.2472211 4.78
Jailen Peguero 1200000 7.15
Dana Eveland (W,1-0) 0.1000000 16.62
Brandon Medders (H,2) 1.1211110 4.91
Doug Slaten (H,6) 0.2000120 2.41
Dustin Nippert (H,2) 1000010 5.77
Brandon Lyon (H,30) 1100010 2.82
Jose Valverde (S,44) 1000000 2.73
HBP - Eckstein (by Micah Owings), Eckstein (by Jailen Peguero)
Pitches-Strikes - Micah Owings 55-32, Jailen Peguero 13-10, Dana Eveland 2-2, Brandon Medders 21-11, Doug Slaten 15-8, Dustin Nippert 7-5, Brandon Lyon 14-9, Jose Valverde 19-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Micah Owings 6-2, Dustin Nippert 1-1, Brandon Lyon 1-1, Jose Valverde 2-1
Batters Faced - Micah Owings 16, Jailen Peguero 5, Dana Eveland 1, Brandon Medders 6, Doug Slaten 3, Dustin Nippert 3, Brandon Lyon 4, Jose Valverde 3
Game Information
Attendance - 45931
Game Time - 3:35
Temperature - 99
Umpires - Home - Jim Wolf, First Base - Jerry Meals, Second Base - Gary Darling, Third Base - Larry Poncino