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Drew picks up cycle as D-Backs edge Cardinals

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PHOENIX -- In black magic marker, a scuffed baseball told the details of the biggest game of Stephen Drew's career.

Five hits and a cycle -- the first in Chase Field history.

The Arizona Diamondbacks needed every hit in an 8-6 comeback victory over St. Louis on Monday.

"I'm kind of in shock right now," said Drew, who carried his keepsake baseball into the postgame interview room. "I'm just trying to put good 'ABs' together. It was meant to be."

Drew wasn't the only Diamondbacks player who had a big day. Newly acquired David Eckstein singled home the winning run, and Adam Dunn, Chris Young and Mark Reynolds also homered as Arizona overcame a poor start by Randy Johnson.

The Diamondbacks needed a lift after losing two out of three over the weekend to NL West rival Los Angeles. Arizona entered Monday with a shaky 2½-game lead over the Dodgers.

"To hit for the cycle, it's fun, but it wouldn't have really meant anything to me if we didn't win," Drew said.

Batting leadoff, the 25-year-old shortstop singled in the first, tripled in the third and homered in the fifth against St. Louis Cardinals starter Joel Pineiro. He hit a ground-rule double in the seventh against reliever Kyle McClellan (2-7) as the Chase Field crowd rose for a standing ovation.

Drew added another double in the eighth for his fifth hit, matching a career high and a franchise record.

"It seems like he gets a good at-bat every time up," Arizona manager Bob Melvin said. "Five hits, cycle, the whole bit -- it's certainly going to be a day that he's going to remember. You don't get too many like this. It'll be one of the most exciting offensive days of his life."

Drew is 10-for-17 with a homer, three doubles and a triple in the first four games of a six-game homestand.

"The ball just comes off his bat like lightning," Eckstein said.

Drew also became the third Diamondbacks player to hit for the cycle in the franchise's 11-year history. Luis Gonzalez did it on July 5, 2000, at Houston and Greg Colbrunn did it on Sept. 18, 2002, at San Diego.

It wasn't such a big deal in the St. Louis clubhouse. Asked to comment on Drew's performance, Cardinals manager Tony La Russa replied, "Let Melvin talk about him."

La Russa wasn't very happy after watching his team cough up a 5-1 second inning lead on its way to its fourth straight loss. The Diamondbacks chipped away at Pineiro, who allowed four runs and six hits in five innings.

Arizona tied it at 6-6 in the sixth, when Reynolds hit a two-run shot on the first pitch from McClellan.

"You can't lose a game like this," La Russa said. "But every time we got the ball where we shouldn't, they hit it out of the park. We made to many mistakes to win a game like this."

Pineiro said he struggled to put hitters away.

"I had guys 0-2, 1-2," he said. "Sometimes you've got to tip your cap to the hitters, but I've still got to make a better pitch to finish them off, and I wasn't able to do that."

The Diamondbacks took the lead for the first time in the seventh on a single by Eckstein, who was acquired from Toronto on Sunday and started at second base. Another run scored on a wild pitch by Russ Springer.

"We just kept pecking away and pecking away," Eckstein said. "No one let up or gave up."

The Diamondbacks' rally spared Johnson his 10th loss.

One day after ace Brandon Webb lasted only 3 1/3 innings, the Diamondbacks needed a lengthy outing from Johnson. But the Big Unit lasted only 3 2/3 innings, matching his shortest start of the season.

Johnson, who has 294 career victories, is winless in his last four starts.

Johnson gave up four homers, matching a career high, and they traveled an estimated 1,598 feet, combined.

Yadier Molina led off the second with a 404-foot shot to left center. One batter later, Joe Mather hit a 380-foot homer into the bullpen down the left field line.

In the third, Albert Pujols hit a 416-foot bullet deep into the left field bleachers with a man aboard to give the Cardinals a 4-1 lead. Two batters later, Felipe Lopez hit a 398-foot solo homer to left, and St. Louis led 5-1.

Chad Qualls (3-8) pitched the seventh to earn the win. Brandon Lyon pitched the ninth for his 26th save in 31 chances.

Notes

  • Upton left the game after being hit in the head with a pickoff attempt by St. Louis pitcher Adam Thompson in the eighth. Upton stayed on the ground for several minutes before walking off under his own power. "I was a little dizzy," Upton said. "It was definitely a scary moment." He said he expects to play on Tuesday night.
  • Arizona RHP Jon Rauch was ejected by home plate umpire Dan Iassogna as Rauch walked off the mound in the middle of the sixth.
  • Mather left after four innings with a sprained left wrist. Mather said he would see a hand specialist on Tuesday, and he wasn't optimistic about returning this season. "Hopefully, it's not as bad as it looks," Mather said.
 
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Stephen Drew acknowledges the crowd after he doubles to complete the cycle.  (AP)
Stephen Drew acknowledges the crowd after he doubles to complete the cycle. (AP)

Players of the Game
Arizona

S. Drew
AB 5
R 3
H 5
HR 1
RBI 1
St. Louis

F. Lopez
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 1
 
St. Louis Cardinals
Cesar Izturis, SS5130011 .254
Ryan Ludwick, RF4121023 .303
Albert Pujols, 1B3112202 .363
Troy Glaus, 3B4010114 .271
Yadier Molina, C5111004 .310
Felipe Lopez, LF5131010 .253
Joe Mather, CF2111010 .241
    Skip Schumaker, CF3000012 .308
Joel Pineiro, P2000020 .109
   a- Nick Stavinoha, PH1000000 .212
    Ron Villone, P0000000 .000
    Kyle McClellan, P1000010 .000
    Randy Flores, P0000000 .000
    Russ Springer, P0000000 .000
    Brad Thompson, P0000000 .111
Aaron Miles, 2B2000210 .317
Totals376126511  
a-flied out for Pineiro in the 6th
Batting
2B - Ryan Ludwick 2 (33, R. Johnson, Rauch)
HR - Albert Pujols (30, R. Johnson), Yadier Molina (6, R. Johnson), Felipe Lopez (3, R. Johnson), Joe Mather (8, R. Johnson)
RBI - Ryan Ludwick (99), Albert Pujols 2 (91), Yadier Molina (53), Felipe Lopez (30), Joe Mather (18)
2-OUT RBI - Ryan Ludwick (36), Felipe Lopez (12)
SB - Cesar Izturis 2 (19, 2nd base off R. Johnson/Montero, 2nd base off R. Johnson/Montero)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - Pujols-Izturis-Miles, Glaus-Miles-Pujols
St. Louis Cardinals
Joel Pineiro 5644233 4.92
Ron Villone0011100 5.19
Kyle McClellan (L,2-7) 1.1433011 3.49
Randy Flores0000100 4.56
Russ Springer 0.2000010 2.47
Brad Thompson 1200000 4.61
WP - Russ Springer (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Joel Pineiro 82-54, Ron Villone 4-0, Kyle McClellan 23-16, Randy Flores 5-1, Russ Springer 9-6, Brad Thompson 13-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Joel Pineiro 6-4, Brad Thompson 2-1
Batters Faced - Joel Pineiro 21, Ron Villone 1, Kyle McClellan 8, Randy Flores 1, Russ Springer 2, Brad Thompson 5
Arizona Diamondbacks
Stephen Drew, SS5351000 .289
David Eckstein, 2B4022003 .280
Conor Jackson, LF4000013 .292
Adam Dunn, 1B-RF2211200 .239
Mark Reynolds, 3B3112113 .242
Chris Young, CF3111012 .246
Miguel Montero, C4000011 .279
Justin Upton, RF3010100 .244
    Tony Clark, PR-1B0000000 .229
Randy Johnson, P1000012 .163
    Jailen Peguero, P0000000 .000
   a- Chris Burke, PH1000000 .193
    Jon Rauch, P0000000 .000
    Chad Qualls, P0000000 .000
   b- Jeff Salazar, PH1110000 .218
    Tony Pena, P0000000 .000
   c- Chad Tracy, PH1000001 .261
    Brandon Lyon, P0000000 .000
Totals32812745  
a-grounded out for Peguero in the 5th
b-singled for Qualls in the 7th
c-flied out for Pena in the 8th
Batting
2B - Stephen Drew 2 (36, McClellan, Thompson)
3B - Stephen Drew (10, Pineiro)
HR - Stephen Drew (16, Pineiro), Adam Dunn (35, Pineiro), Mark Reynolds (27, McClellan), Chris Young (19, Pineiro)
SF - David Eckstein (3)
SH - Chris Young (3)
RBI - Stephen Drew (56), David Eckstein 2 (25), Adam Dunn (86), Mark Reynolds 2 (92), Chris Young (72)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Eckstein-Drew-Dunn, Drew-Eckstein-Dunn, Eckstein-Drew-Clark
E - Mark Reynolds (26, Misplayed grounder)
Arizona Diamondbacks
Randy Johnson 3.2655384 4.21
Jailen Peguero 1.1000000 4.15
Jon Rauch 1211200 3.86
Chad Qualls (W,3-8) 1100010 3.36
Tony Pena (H,23) 1100010 3.90
Brandon Lyon (S,26) 1200010 4.76
IBB - Pujols by Randy Johnson, Pujols by Jon Rauch
HBP - Ludwick (by Tony Pena)
Pitches-Strikes - Randy Johnson 101-66, Jailen Peguero 11-7, Jon Rauch 25-11, Chad Qualls 6-5, Tony Pena 16-9, Brandon Lyon 13-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Randy Johnson 2-2, Jailen Peguero 2-2, Jon Rauch 2-1, Chad Qualls 1-0, Tony Pena 1-0, Brandon Lyon 1-0
Batters Faced - Randy Johnson 21, Jailen Peguero 4, Jon Rauch 7, Chad Qualls 3, Tony Pena 4, Brandon Lyon 4
Game Information
Attendance - 35075
Game Time - 3:02
Temperature - 74
Umpires - Home - Dan Iassogna, First Base - Ron Kulpa, Second Base - Dale Scott, Third Base - Bill Hohn