Slumping first baseman Albert Pujols had his first three-hit game of the season. He didn't belt any home runs (all his hits were singles) but right fielder Lance Berkman, third baseman David Freese and center fielder Colby Rasmus all did.
Berkman's was his third in two games, but all the Cardinals' homers on Tuesday were solo homers while Arizona hit three homers good for eight runs. And Cardinals starter Chris Carpenter, 4-0 against Arizona in his career, was dreadful. Result: The end to the Cardinals' two-game winning streak in a 13-8 loss.
Carpenter, giving up seven of the eight runs he allowed after he got the first two outs of the inning, never found his comfort zone on the mound although he said he warmed up well in the bullpen.
"I made good pitches and I made some bad pitches," said Carpenter. "I spun one in to (Justin) Upton and he hit it 500 feet."
Even so, the Cardinals climbed back to trail only 9-8 in the sixth, but for the second inning in succession, catcher Yadier Molina grounded out with the bases loaded to end the inning.
Injury was added to insult as the Cardinals potentially lost two pitchers to the disabled list in the game.
After giving up four runs in the sixth inning, former Diamondbacks right-hander Bryan Augenstein injured his right groin (he will be disabled) as he struck out Stephen Drew in the seventh. In the fifth, left-handed reliever Bryan Tallet injured his glove (right) hand while he made a spectacular play at first base to end the inning, Tallet, lunging and then tumbling to the ground after taking a throw from first baseman Albert Pujols, tagged the bag with his glove before rolling over on his hand and colliding with Drew.
Right-hander Fernando Salas, who was up a half-dozen times last year, is a good candidate to be recalled to fill Augenstein's slot while the Cardinals will wait to see how the examination has gone on Tallet's hand after he has returned to St. Louis before they make another move.
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