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Cardinals rookie Miller beats D-Backs with arm, bat

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ST. LOUIS -- Shelby Miller gave himself a boost with his bat.

The rookie pitcher hit his first career home run and pitched six sharp innings, leading the St. Louis Cardinals past the Arizona Diamondbacks 12-8 on Thursday night.

"I haven't hit a home run since high school, at least in a game," said Miller, whose 1.91 earned-run average continues to lead the National League. "It was neat. It will be something I remember for sure. Sometimes you get lucky."

Miller (7-3) allowed two runs and six hits. He struck out nine and walked none.

Arizona scored three times in the ninth, and Edward Mujica got the last two outs for his 18th save in 18 chances.

Matt Adams and Daniel Descalso homered in an eight-run fourth inning off Ian Kennedy. Matt Holliday and Matt Carpenter also connected for the Cardinals.

Kennedy (3-4) was tagged for 10 runs and 13 hits in four innings.

Kennedy nearly escaped the fourth with giving up only one run, but his throw off on Yadier Molina's comebacker pulled shortstop Didi Gregorius wide of second base. What could have been an inning-ending double play instead led to Adams' three-run homer and Descalso's two-run shot.

"I think we've made that play and we expect to make that play," Arizona manager Kirk Gibson said. "It didn't happen today and it cost us."

Kennedy endured the entire inning and threw 50 pitches. He had 99 total, only 60 for strikes.

He said typically he'll ask his middle infielders which one will cover the bag in a situation like that before he makes a pitch. He failed to do so and when he saw second baseman Cliff Pennington break toward the bag his instinct was to throw it to him until Gregorius took charge.

By then, Kennedy double clutched and threw wide.

"That whole sequence. It was perfect," he said. "I was trying to get a double play in that situation. It would have been a lot different if I was able to turn. That's just my fault. I should have known who covered the bag just before that pitch."

The Cardinals hit five home runs in a game for the first time since last July 27. The previous time they did it at home was June 24, 2005, at the former Busch Stadium.

David Freese extended his career-best hitting streak to 16 games for St. Louis. Descalso scored twice in the big fourth and finished with three hits, including a double.

The first five batters in the St. Louis starting lineup all got two hits, as did Miller.

Manager Mike Matheny liked what he saw from Miller at the plate. He hopes that the pitcher doesn't let it change his approach.

"You'll take any runs you can get, but we hope he doesn't go up there trying to do that every time," Matheny said.

The Cardinals greeted reliever Matt Reynolds with back-to-back home runs from Miller and Carpenter to open the fifth and stretch their lead to 12-2.

Arizona scored twice in the first on an RBI groundout by Paul Goldschmidt and a single by Miguel Montero.

"I have a tendency of letting up in the first inning," Miller said. "I have got to figure out a way to be as aggressive like I am in the middle of the game and toward the end, in the first couple of innings. I just wasn't doing it early on."

Gerardo Parra had three hits, including an RBI single in a three-run seventh for Arizona. The Diamondbacks scored three more in the ninth when rookie Keith Butler gave up a hit to Pennington and a double to Wil Nieves before walking three consecutive batters.

Notes

  • The Cardinals have gone 9-0-3 in their past 12 series.
  • Goldschmidt has an RBI in six consecutive games.
  • Carpenter extended his career-best hitting streak to 15 games. Allen Craig has a 10-game streak.
  • Miller was 2 for 25 in his career at the plate entering the game. He singled in the second for his first hit of the season.
  • Cardinals LHP Kevin Siegrist came in the seventh to make his major league debut after being recalled from Triple-A Memphis earlier Thursday. He struck out four in 1 2/3 innings, allowing one hit.
 
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Shelby Miller, the Cardinals' first-round pick in 2009, hits his first MLB home run and improves his career record to 8-3.  (USATSI)
Shelby Miller, the Cardinals' first-round pick in 2009, hits his first MLB home run and improves his career record to 8-3. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Arizona

G. Parra
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
St. Louis

S. Miller
IP 6.0
H 6
ER 2
BB 0
K 9
 

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Arizona Diamondbacks
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Gerardo Parra, RF4231100 .310
Didi Gregorius, SS4121122 .322
Paul Goldschmidt, 1B2001001 .333
   a- Eric Hinske, PH-1B2001122 .178
Miguel Montero, C3011010 .202
    Tony Sipp, P0000000 .000
   b- Cody Ross, PH1000000 .255
    Heath Bell, P0000000 .000
   c- Willie Bloomquist, PH0001000 .611
Martin Prado, 3B2010001 .258
    Josh Wilson, 3B3000022 .186
Jason Kubel, LF4110031 .248
A.J. Pollock, CF4110011 .268
Cliff Pennington, 2B4221010 .228
Ian Kennedy, P2000020 .130
    Matt Reynolds, P0000000 .000
   d- Wil Nieves, PH-C2121000 .422
Totals378138314  
a-struck out for Goldschmidt in the 6th
b-popped out for Sipp in the 8th
c-hit a sacrifice fly for Bell in the 9th
d-singled for M. Reynolds in the 7th
Batting
2B - Gerardo Parra (19, Miller), Wil Nieves (3, Butler)
SF - Willie Bloomquist (1)
RBI - Gerardo Parra (20), Didi Gregorius (14), Paul Goldschmidt (54), Eric Hinske (6), Miguel Montero (17), Willie Bloomquist (2), Cliff Pennington (12), Wil Nieves (9)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Pennington-Gregorius-Goldschmidt
Arizona Diamondbacks
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Ian Kennedy (L,3-4) 4131010243 5.72
Matt Reynolds 2322112 1.71
Tony Sipp 1000000 3.93
Heath Bell 1100110 3.42
Pitches-Strikes - Ian Kennedy 99-60, Matt Reynolds 38-24, Tony Sipp 6-5, Heath Bell 19-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ian Kennedy 5-2, Matt Reynolds 5-0
Batters Faced - Ian Kennedy 26, Matt Reynolds 10, Tony Sipp 3, Heath Bell 5
St. Louis Cardinals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Matt Carpenter, 2B-3B5221001 .335
Yadier Molina, C4120000 .351
    Tony Cruz, C1000000 .154
Matt Holliday, LF3222100 .256
    Ty Wigginton, LF1000000 .195
Allen Craig, RF4122000 .316
    Shane Robinson, RF1000010 .208
Matt Adams, 1B5123013 .313
David Freese, 3B4110114 .278
    Edward Mujica, P0000000 .000
Daniel Descalso, SS-2B4232111 .274
Jon Jay, CF4111113 .240
Shelby Miller, P4121013 .077
    Seth Maness, P0000000 .000
    Kevin Siegrist, P0000000 .000
    Keith Butler, P0000000 .000
    Pete Kozma, SS0000000 .245
Totals4012171246  
Batting
2B - Yadier Molina (16, Kennedy), Matt Adams (4, M. Reynolds), Daniel Descalso (9, Kennedy)
HR - Matt Carpenter (5, M. Reynolds), Matt Holliday (9, Kennedy), Matt Adams (4, Kennedy), Daniel Descalso (3, Kennedy), Shelby Miller (1, M. Reynolds)
RBI - Matt Carpenter (20), Matt Holliday 2 (33), Allen Craig 2 (43), Matt Adams 3 (15), Daniel Descalso 2 (20), Jon Jay (26), Shelby Miller (1)
2-OUT RBI - Allen Craig 2 (23), Matt Adams 3 (5), Daniel Descalso 2 (7)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Jon Jay 1
DP - Jay-Adams, M. Carpenter-Adams
St. Louis Cardinals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Shelby Miller (W,7-3) 6622090 1.91
Seth Maness 0.1433000 3.45
Kevin Siegrist 1.2100040 0.00
Keith Butler 0.1233300 6.23
Edward Mujica (S,18) 0.2000010 1.63
Pitches-Strikes - Shelby Miller 92-67, Seth Maness 17-11, Kevin Siegrist 33-23, Keith Butler 30-15, Edward Mujica 6-4
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Shelby Miller 4-3, Seth Maness 1-0, Keith Butler 1-0
Batters Faced - Shelby Miller 22, Seth Maness 5, Kevin Siegrist 6, Keith Butler 6, Edward Mujica 2
Game Information
Attendance - 43798
Game Time - 3:20
Temperature - 78
Umpires - Home - Angel Hernandez, First Base - Dana DeMuth, Second Base - Paul Nauert, Third Base - Quinn Wolcott