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Goldschmidt does it for D-Backs in 14th against Cards

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ST. LOUIS -- Paul Goldschmidt has a new plan for hitting with runners on base.

So far, it is working well.

Goldschmidt ripped a run-scoring single in the 14th inning to lift the Arizona Diamondbacks to a 7-6 victory against the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday night.

Arizona, which improved to 7-2 in extra innings, has won three of four.

St. Louis (38-20), which still has the best record in the majors, has lost all four of its extra-inning games this season.

Goldschmidt believed he let his teammates down during crunch time toward the end of last season even though he batted .305 with runners on base.

"I'm not sure about the numbers, but I felt like I struggled with runners on," he said.

So he found an interesting way to change the situation. Goldschmidt's winning hit improved his average to .376 with runners on base.

"I pretend there is nobody on base and just stick with my same approach," he said. "It's worked so far. We'll see what happens the rest of the year."

A.J. Pollock hit a three-run homer for Arizona, and Willie Bloomquist had four hits in the 4-hour, 53-minute game. Josh Collmenter (2-0) earned the win with four innings of scoreless relief. Heath Bell recorded his 10th save in 12 opportunities.

Allen Craig and Shane Robinson hit home runs for St. Louis, which fell to 4-3 on its nine-game homestand.

Goldschmidt drove in Gerardo Parra with a one-out, line-drive single up the middle off Victor Marte (0-1), who walked two batters before the winning hit.

"He's just got a great approach up there," Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson said of Goldschmidt.

Arizona is 10-2 in its past 12 road games against NL Central opponents.

Bell gave up a leadoff double to Yadier Molina in the 14th before retiring the next three hitters.

The Diamondbacks are 3-3 on their eight-game trip.

"An outstanding baseball game," Gibson said. "We would have liked to have won it earlier, but we didn't give in. We've had several of these [extra-inning] games, more than anybody."

Arizona beat St. Louis 10-9 in 16 innings on April 3.

The Diamondbacks bullpen, led by Collmenter, allowed only one run over the final 8 1/3 innings. Collmenter, who earned the win in the earlier 16-inning game, struck out five and gave up four hits.

"He was the hero of the game," Arizona infielder Martin Prado said.

The Cardinals rallied from 4-1 and 6-3 deficits and tied the game in the seventh on a run-scoring single by Carlos Beltran.

"I was proud of the way the guys battled all night long right to the end," St. Louis manager Mike Matheny said. "The best thing to come out of this is that we battled."

Pollock's three-run homer staked the Diamondbacks to a 4-1 lead in the fourth.

St. Louis infielder David Freese had a career-high four hits and extended his career-best hitting streak to 14 games with a single in the sixth. He added singles in the eighth, 10th and 12th.

"You want to win these games, especially after a long night," Freese said. "But you have to hand it to those guys over there. They took care of business."

Pollock drilled a 2-0 pitch into the first row of the left-field bleachers off St. Louis rookie starter Michael Wacha, who gave up six runs in 4 2/3 innings. Pollack has hit safely in eight of nine games.

St. Louis cut the deficit to 4-3 on Craig's fourth home run of the season.

Arizona answered with two runs in the fifth to stretch its lead to 6-4. Goldschmidt doubled in Didi Gregorius, who began the inning with a hit. Jason Kubel followed with a run-scoring single.

The Cardinals scored single runs in the fifth and sixth to get within 6-5.

St. Louis infielder Matt Carpenter stretched his hitting streak to a career-best 13 games with a leadoff triple in the first.

Arizona left-hander Tyler Skaggs gave up five runs in 5 2/3 innings. It was his second start of the season and eighth of his career.

Notes

  • Wacha and Skaggs, two former first-round draft choices, were born 12 days apart in July 1991.
  • St. Louis RHP Joe Kelly (0-2, 6,75) will make his first start of the season Wednesday against Wade Miley (3-5, 5.01) in the third game of the four-game series.
  • Arizona is the only team in the majors that hasn't been shut out this season.
  • St. Louis RHP Jake Westbrook went 3 2/3 innings and allowed one run and six hits in a rehab start on Tuesday for the Cardinals' Double-A team in Springfield, Mo. Westbrook, who threw 45 strikes in 60 pitches, went on the disabled list on May 9 because of right elbow inflammation. "Everything felt good," he said. "I was a little erratic with my pitches, but that's expected the first time out."
 
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Arizona's Paul Goldschmidt comes through with a run-scoring single in the 14th inning to beat the Cardinals. (USATSI)
Arizona's Paul Goldschmidt comes through with a run-scoring single in the 14th inning to beat the Cardinals. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Arizona

P. Goldschmidt
AB 6
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 2
St. Louis

D. Freese
AB 7
R 0
H 4
HR 0
RBI 0
 
Arizona Diamondbacks
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Gerardo Parra, RF7100034 .304
Didi Gregorius, SS6120100 .314
Paul Goldschmidt, 1B6132111 .335
Miguel Montero, C7010036 .200
Martin Prado, 3B7110016 .252
Jason Kubel, LF4011002 .248
    David Hernandez, P0000000 .000
    Tony Sipp, P0000000 .000
    Will Harris, P0000000 .000
   a- Eric Hinske, PH1000000 .186
    Josh Collmenter, P1000000 .000
    Heath Bell, P0000000 .000
Willie Bloomquist, 2B6240010 .643
A.J. Pollock, CF5113133 .268
Tyler Skaggs, P3011010 .400
    Brad Ziegler, P0000000 .000
    Matt Reynolds, P0000000 .000
    Cody Ross, LF2000111 .265
Totals557147414  
a-lined out for Harris in the 10th
Batting
2B - Paul Goldschmidt 2 (17, Wacha, Maness), Willie Bloomquist 2 (2, Wacha, Wacha)
HR - A.J. Pollock (5, Wacha)
RBI - Paul Goldschmidt 2 (49), Jason Kubel (18), A.J. Pollock 3 (20), Tyler Skaggs (1)
2-OUT RBI - Jason Kubel (6), Tyler Skaggs (1)
Team LOB - 10
Arizona Diamondbacks
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Tyler Skaggs 5.2655042 3.86
Brad Ziegler (H,9) 0.2111110 2.67
Matt Reynolds (BS,1)0100000 1.11
David Hernandez 1.2100010 2.73
Tony Sipp 0.2000100 4.41
Will Harris 0.1000000 3.24
Josh Collmenter (W,2-0) 4400150 2.97
Heath Bell (S,10) 1100020 3.57
IBB - Holliday by Tony Sipp
HBP - M. Carpenter (by Matt Reynolds), M. Carpenter (by Tony Sipp), M. Carpenter (by Josh Collmenter)
WP - Tony Sipp (2), Josh Collmenter (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Tyler Skaggs 90-63, Brad Ziegler 21-11, Matt Reynolds 5-3, David Hernandez 22-15, Tony Sipp 14-7, Will Harris 8-5, Josh Collmenter 68-40, Heath Bell 12-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tyler Skaggs 6-7, Brad Ziegler 1-0, Will Harris 1-0, Josh Collmenter 3-4, Heath Bell 1-0
Batters Faced - Tyler Skaggs 23, Brad Ziegler 4, Matt Reynolds 2, David Hernandez 6, Tony Sipp 4, Will Harris 1, Josh Collmenter 18, Heath Bell 4
St. Louis Cardinals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Matt Carpenter, 2B4120000 .323
Carlos Beltran, RF7121014 .307
Matt Holliday, LF5121113 .249
Allen Craig, 1B7112017 .312
Yadier Molina, C7021020 .348
David Freese, 3B7040011 .280
Shane Robinson, CF2111000 .182
   a- Matt Adams, PH1000012 .311
    Jon Jay, CF3000103 .238
Pete Kozma, SS7000035 .245
Michael Wacha, P1000010 .250
    Seth Maness, P1000010 .000
   b- Ty Wigginton, PH0100100 .200
    Trevor Rosenthal, P0000000 .000
   c- Daniel Descalso, PH1000000 .257
    Edward Mujica, P0000000 .000
   d- Adam Wainwright, PH1000010 .167
    Keith Butler, P0000000 .000
   e- Joe Kelly, PH1000000 .000
    Victor Marte, P0000000 .000
Totals556146313  
a-struck out for Robinson in the 6th
b-walked for Maness in the 7th
c-flied out for Rosenthal in the 9th
d-struck out for Mujica in the 11th
e-grounded out-bunting for Butler in the 13th
Batting
2B - Matt Holliday (8, Skaggs), Yadier Molina (15, Bell)
3B - Matt Carpenter (1, Skaggs)
HR - Allen Craig (4, Skaggs), Shane Robinson (1, Skaggs)
SF - Matt Holliday (2)
RBI - Carlos Beltran (38), Matt Holliday (31), Allen Craig 2 (41), Yadier Molina (30), Shane Robinson (3)
2-OUT RBI - Yadier Molina (12)
SB - Carlos Beltran (1, 3rd base off Skaggs/Montero)
Team LOB - 14
Fielding
DP - Kozma-Craig
St. Louis Cardinals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Michael Wacha 4.21066141 5.40
Seth Maness 2.1100030 1.76
Trevor Rosenthal 2000020 1.86
Edward Mujica 2200020 1.67
Keith Butler 2000120 0.00
Victor Marte (L,0-1) 1111210 6.00
Pitches-Strikes - Michael Wacha 89-58, Seth Maness 28-18, Trevor Rosenthal 25-17, Edward Mujica 21-17, Keith Butler 26-19, Victor Marte 32-18
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Michael Wacha 3-7, Seth Maness 4-0, Trevor Rosenthal 2-2, Edward Mujica 1-2, Victor Marte 2-0
Batters Faced - Michael Wacha 25, Seth Maness 8, Trevor Rosenthal 6, Edward Mujica 7, Keith Butler 7, Victor Marte 6
Game Information
Attendance - 39222
Game Time - 4:53
Temperature - 73
Umpires - Home - Dana DeMuth, First Base - Paul Nauert, Second Base - Angel Hernandez, Third Base - Jordan Baker