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St. Louis at Arizona

St. Louis (34-27) «020000300563
Arizona (24-38)0000101002101

Cardinals 5, Diamondbacks 2

CBSSports.com wire reports

PHOENIX -- Arizona's Rodrigo Lopez retired 16 straight batter at one point and still lost the game.

Brendan Ryan hit a three-run home run in the seventh inning and the St. Louis Cardinals snapped a four-game losing streak with a 5-2 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday.

Ryan's drive ruined an otherwise good pitching performance from Lopez, who was cruising until he allowed back-to-back singles in the seventh. Ryan homered on the first pitch he saw from Lopez with two outs in the inning.

Ryan was mired in an 0-for-16 slump before his blast.

"It's just incredibly frustrating," Ryan said. "That at-bat ... I was really just saying I would rather be late than roll over something. I was going to be aggressive with runners in scoring position, so I was just hoping he'd make a mistake and he ended up throwing a hanging slider. I was just glad I hit it."

St. Louis scored twice in the second inning off Lopez (2-5) with doubles from Matt Holliday and Skip Schumaker. Schumaker took third on the first of three Diamondbacks errors in the game, an errant pick-off attempt by Lopez that caught second baseman Kelly Johnson off guard and bounced into center field.

Yadier Molina singled to drive in Schumaker for the Cardinals' second run.

That was all starter Jaime Garcia (6-2) and the Cardinals needed. The rookie left-hander allowed one run on four hits in five innings, lowering his ERA to 1.49.

Garcia got into a bases-loaded jam in the fourth thanks to an error and two walks, but he got Lopez to ground out to end the threat.

In the fifth, after a Conor Jackson double and with two out, manager Tony LaRussa elected to intentionally walk Arizona's Mark Reynolds to put runners on first and second. Reynolds entered the game batting .212 and was second on the team in strikeouts.

The next batter, Adam LaRoche, made the Cardinals pay when he laced a double to right field to drive in Jackson.

"He actually didn't get strike one a lot," LaRussa said of Garcia. "But he made a lot of good pitches deep in the count, which is the whole key to him surviving ... the score is very misleading. It was just a weird game and fortunately we had enough things go right for us."

The Diamondbacks loaded the bases with two outs in the ninth, but could not cash in. Arizona stranded 16 runners on base, a season high, compared to just one for the Cardinals.

"They took advantage of every oppurtunity they had, and that's the difference in the game," Diamondbacks manager A.J. Hinch said. "We had a plenty of guys on base and plenty of opportunities for a key hit, and put some nice swings on some balls."


LaRussa said veteran right-hander Jeff Suppan, recently released by the Milwaukee Brewers, was to join St. Louis in Arizona late Friday night. Suppan, who helped the Cardinals win the 2006 World Series, will likely join the team's battered starting rotation. ... Diamondbacks pitcher Kris Benson, on the 15-day disabled list with a right shoulder injury, is with the team and will throw bullpen sessions next weekend. ... C Miguel Montero, who has missed 57 games with a knee injury, caught a full minor-league game Thursday. ... INF Tony Abreu, who has a left wrist injury and is also on the 15-day DL, was to start a rehabilitation assignment at Triple-A Reno on Friday.

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St. Louis

B. Ryan
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 1

A. LaRoche
AB 4
R 0
H 2
HR 0

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St. Louis Cardinals
Felipe Lopez, 3B4000010 .254
Colby Rasmus, CF4000010 .285
Albert Pujols, 1B4000010 .300
Matt Holliday, LF4110010 .295
Ryan Ludwick, RF4000001 .287
Skip Schumaker, 2B4221000 .243
Yadier Molina, C3121000 .255
Brendan Ryan, SS3113011 .204
Jaime Garcia, P2000011 .208
    Kyle McClellan, P1000000 .500
    Dennys Reyes, P0000000 .000
    Jason Motte, P0000000 .000
    Trever Miller, P0000000 .000
    Ryan Franklin, P0000000 .000
2B - Matt Holliday (17, Lopez), Skip Schumaker (10, Lopez)
HR - Brendan Ryan (2, Lopez)
RBI - Skip Schumaker (14), Yadier Molina (29), Brendan Ryan 3 (14)
2-OUT RBI - Brendan Ryan 3 (7)
Team LOB - 1
DP - F. Lopez-Schumaker-Pujols, F. Lopez-Schumaker-Pujols
E - Albert Pujols (3, Throwing), Brendan Ryan (10, Throwing), Skip Schumaker (10, Misplayed grounder)
St. Louis Cardinals
Jaime Garcia (W,6-2) 5411540 1.49
Kyle McClellan (H,6) 1.1311010 1.91
Dennys Reyes0100000 2.65
Jason Motte (H,5) 1100030 2.49
Trever Miller0000100 3.77
Ryan Franklin (S,11) 1.2100210 1.61
IBB - Reynolds by Jaime Garcia
Pitches-Strikes - Jaime Garcia 102-50, Kyle McClellan 30-16, Dennys Reyes 5-4, Jason Motte 17-12, Trever Miller 4-0, Ryan Franklin 27-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jaime Garcia 9-2, Kyle McClellan 3-0
Batters Faced - Jaime Garcia 24, Kyle McClellan 7, Dennys Reyes 1, Jason Motte 4, Trever Miller 1, Ryan Franklin 8
Arizona Diamondbacks
Kelly Johnson, 2B3010211 .280
Conor Jackson, LF5110002 .245
Justin Upton, RF4110124 .246
Mark Reynolds, 3B4010112 .213
Adam LaRoche, 1B4022112 .250
Chris Young, CF4010125 .270
Chris Snyder, C5020015 .212
Augie Ojeda, SS2000101 .143
   a- Stephen Drew, PH-SS1010100 .278
Rodrigo Lopez, P3000005 .097
    Esmerling Vasquez, P0000000 .000
   b- Rusty Ryal, PH1000011 .279
    Carlos Rosa, P0000000 .000
   c- Ryan Roberts, PH1000003 .188
a-doubled for Ojeda in the 8th
b-struck out for Vasquez in the 8th
c-flied out for Rosa in the 9th
2B - Conor Jackson (11, Garcia), Adam LaRoche (15, Garcia), Chris Snyder (7, Franklin), Stephen Drew (13, Motte)
RBI - Adam LaRoche 2 (36)
2-OUT RBI - Adam LaRoche (15)
CS - Kelly Johnson (3, 2nd base by Garcia/Molina)
Team LOB - 16
E - Rodrigo Lopez (4, Throwing)
Arizona Diamondbacks
Rodrigo Lopez (L,2-5) 7655041 4.45
Esmerling Vasquez 1000010 4.50
Carlos Rosa 1000010 6.10
Pitches-Strikes - Rodrigo Lopez 97-68, Esmerling Vasquez 13-8, Carlos Rosa 13-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Rodrigo Lopez 5-12, Carlos Rosa 1-1
Batters Faced - Rodrigo Lopez 27, Esmerling Vasquez 3, Carlos Rosa 3
Game Information
Attendance - 20629
Game Time - 3:05
Temperature - 90
Umpires - Home - Eric Cooper, First Base - Bill Miller, Second Base - Mike Reilly, Third Base - Chad Fairchild