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St. Louis at Arizona

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Arizona (70-68)000001010271

Cardinals go thrice deep as D-Backs see West lead shrink

CBSSports.com wire reports
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PHOENIX -- Adam Wainwright refuses to count St. Louis out of the playoff race. If he hadn't missed 2½ months of the season, his Cardinals might be a whole lot closer.

Wainwright helped himself by doubling in two runs, and Troy Glaus hit one of St. Louis' three homers Tuesday night in an 8-2 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Yadier Molina and Felipe Lopez hit back-to-back shots to give Wainwright an early 5-0 lead. That made it seven home runs in two games for the Cardinals against the Diamondbacks.

Arizona has lost seven of nine, dropping its NL West lead to 1½ games over the second-place Los Angeles Dodgers, who beat San Diego 8-4.

"Our focus has to continue to be on us and we just have to play better," Diamondbacks manager Bob Melvin said.

St. Louis is 5½ back of Milwaukee in the wild-card race.

"There's no sports writer, no fan that's telling me we're out of this thing," Wainwright said. "Until the last game of the season I'm battling like we're going to be ready for the playoffs."

On Monday, the Diamondbacks rallied from four runs down to win 8-6. This time the deficit reached 8-0, and there was no big comeback.

Wainwright (8-3), in his third start since returning from the disabled list, shut out the Diamondbacks through five before giving up a run in the sixth. He struck out seven and walked two, yielding three hits in 5 1/3 innings.

He was bothered by back spasms in the hotel before the game, and needed some therapy from trainers before taking the mound. He said his back stiffened again when he ran the bases in the top of the fifth, leading to his exit soon thereafter.

Wainwright said making his start was never a question, though.

"I do this several times a year so I knew I could get through it," he said. "It kind of works in my favor because there is no way I can pop out of my pitches too early. I made sure I stayed through my delivery the whole time."

Wainwright returned 10 days ago after being sidelined since June 8 with a right middle finger sprain. He is 2-0 in three starts since.

"I don't know how we stayed in it without him, to be honest with you," manager Tony La Russa said.

Five Cardinals relievers, including Chris Carpenter, finished the seven-hitter.

Yusmeiro Petit (3-4) gave up five runs and four hits in 4 2/3 innings, the fourth Arizona starting pitcher in a row to have a rough outing.

"Sometimes it's contagious," Melvin said. "The next guy tries doubly hard to give you a good, solid outing. It certainly isn't characteristic of our staff, our rotation."

Glaus, 2-for-13 through four games of a six-game road trip, was moved up to the No. 2 spot in the batting order, just ahead of Albert Pujols, to try to get the big slugger going.

"I've done it a few times in the past," Glaus said. "I enjoy it. I mean, it's always nice when you've got Albert hitting behind you."

It worked. Glaus singled in the first, then lined Petit's 2-1 pitch into the left-field stands. His 22nd home run put St. Louis up 2-0 in the third.

The Cardinals added three in the fourth on consecutive homers by Molina and Lopez.

With no outs in the sixth, the Diamondbacks intentionally walked Lopez to get to Wainwright, who lined a double down the left-field line on the first pitch to make it 7-0.

Arizona scored in the sixth on an RBI single by David Eckstein after Jeff Salazar tripled.

After going 5-for-5 and hitting for the cycle on Monday, Arizona's Stephen Drew went 0-for-4.

Notes

  • Arizona OF Justin Upton was a late scratch from the lineup because of a headache. He was hit behind the ear Monday on a pickoff attempt by the Cardinals' Brad Thompson.
  • The Diamondbacks have allowed 28 runs in their last four games, all at home.
  • Carpenter came on in the seventh for St. Louis, his first relief appearance since Oct. 1, 2000, and threw a scoreless inning despite giving up two hits. He had been out since Aug. 10 with a right shoulder sprain.
 
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It's a solid season for Troy Glaus. He hits homer No. 22 and raises his average to .273. (AP)
It's a solid season for Troy Glaus. He hits homer No. 22 and raises his average to .273. (AP)

Players of the Game
St. Louis

F. Lopez
AB 3
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
St. Louis

A. Wainwright
IP 5.1
H 3
ER 1
BB 2
K 7
 
St. Louis Cardinals
Skip Schumaker, CF5000001 .305
Troy Glaus, 3B4122110 .273
    Brendan Ryan, 2B0000000 .242
Albert Pujols, 1B3000201 .361
    Chris Perez, P0000000 .000
Rick Ankiel, LF4100125 .266
Ryan Ludwick, RF3110121 .303
   a- Nick Stavinoha, PH-RF1000000 .206
Yadier Molina, C3212001 .310
    Mark Johnson, C0000000 .000
Felipe Lopez, 2B-1B3221100 .256
Adam Wainwright, P3012010 .260
    Ron Villone, P0000000 .000
    Russ Springer, P0000000 .000
   b- Josh Phelps, PH1000001 .286
    Chris Carpenter, P0000000 .000
    Ryan Franklin, P0000000 .000
    Brian Barden, 3B0000000 .000
Cesar Izturis, SS2100100 .252
Totals3287776  
a-flied out for Ludwick in the 9th
b-flied out for Springer in the 7th
Batting
2B - Ryan Ludwick (34, Slaten), Adam Wainwright (2, Rosales)
HR - Troy Glaus (22, Petit), Yadier Molina (7, Petit), Felipe Lopez (4, Petit)
SH - Yadier Molina (1)
RBI - Troy Glaus 2 (87), Yadier Molina 2 (55), Felipe Lopez (31), Adam Wainwright 2 (6)
2-OUT RBI - Troy Glaus 2 (37)
Team LOB - 6
St. Louis Cardinals
Adam Wainwright (W,8-3) 5.1311270 2.97
Ron Villone 0.1000010 5.15
Russ Springer 0.1000000 2.45
Chris Carpenter 1200010 1.76
Ryan Franklin 1211110 3.70
Chris Perez 1000010 2.91
Pitches-Strikes - Adam Wainwright 83-54, Ron Villone 8-5, Russ Springer 6-3, Chris Carpenter 24-15, Ryan Franklin 28-19, Chris Perez 9-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Adam Wainwright 4-5, Chris Carpenter 2-0, Ryan Franklin 1-1, Chris Perez 2-0
Batters Faced - Adam Wainwright 21, Ron Villone 1, Russ Springer 1, Chris Carpenter 5, Ryan Franklin 6, Chris Perez 3
Arizona Diamondbacks
Stephen Drew, SS4000003 .287
   a- Jamie D'Antona, PH1000000 .167
David Eckstein, 2B4011000 .280
Conor Jackson, LF2110200 .293
Adam Dunn, 1B3011113 .240
Mark Reynolds, 3B4010024 .242
Miguel Montero, C4010013 .278
Chris Young, CF4010033 .246
Alex Romero, RF2000010 .240
    Leo Rosales, P0000000 .000
    Jailen Peguero, P0000000 .000
   b- Tony Clark, PH1000002 .228
    Juan Cruz, P0000000 .000
    Jon Rauch, P0000000 .000
   c- Josh Whitesell, PH1000010 .000
Yusmeiro Petit, P1000010 .000
    Doug Slaten, P0000000 .000
    Jeff Salazar, RF3110012 .221
Totals34272311  
a-grounded out for Drew in the 9th
b-hit into fielder's choice for Peguero in the 7th
c-struck out for Rauch in the 9th
Batting
2B - Conor Jackson (27, Wainwright), Miguel Montero (14, Carpenter)
3B - Jeff Salazar (2, Wainwright)
RBI - David Eckstein (26), Adam Dunn (87)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Eckstein-Drew-Dunn, Peguero-Drew-Dunn
E - Doug Slaten (2, Throwing)
Arizona Diamondbacks
Yusmeiro Petit (L,3-4) 4.2455353 3.44
Doug Slaten 0.1121010 4.55
Leo Rosales 1111300 4.21
Jailen Peguero 1100100 3.38
Juan Cruz 1000000 3.00
Jon Rauch 1000000 3.80
IBB - F. Lopez by Leo Rosales
HBP - Izturis (by Leo Rosales)
WP - Leo Rosales (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Yusmeiro Petit 89-53, Doug Slaten 9-7, Leo Rosales 29-12, Jailen Peguero 20-13, Juan Cruz 13-7, Jon Rauch 15-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Yusmeiro Petit 5-4, Doug Slaten 1-0, Leo Rosales 1-1, Jailen Peguero 1-1, Juan Cruz 2-1, Jon Rauch 1-2
Batters Faced - Yusmeiro Petit 21, Doug Slaten 3, Leo Rosales 7, Jailen Peguero 4, Juan Cruz 3, Jon Rauch 3
Game Information
Attendance - 27568
Game Time - 3:06
Temperature - 76
Umpires - Home - Ron Kulpa, First Base - Dale Scott, Second Base - Bill Hohn, Third Base - Dan Iassogna