Framed: Diamondbacks beat Cards 4-1 after benches clear

ST. LOUIS (AP) Torey Lovullo claimed his Arizona Diamondbacks were being framed.

The manager set off a benches-clearing incident in his team's 4-1 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday by maintaining eight-time All-Star catcher Yadier Molina was earning unwarranted strike calls.

''I don't want to say he is getting more than anyone else, because it's part of the game,'' Lovullo said. ''I have the upmost respect for Yadier Molina. He `s one of the best catchers the game has ever seen. It was more of me saying, I respect him on that level, that he's getting special things because he's that good. That's where I was coming from.''

Lovullo was ejected by plate umpire Tim Timmons in the second inning. Lovullo was arguing a called third strike on A.J. Pollock and got into a shouting match with Molina. The catcher appeared to lunge at Luvollo and made contact as players ran onto the field.

St. Louis manager Mike Matheny stepped between Molina and Lovullo.

Lovullo had shown displeasure on a strike three call to David Peralta in the first inning, then went to the umpire after the call against Pollock.

''I used a poor choice of words and he (Molina) took offense to it,'' Lovuollo said. ''I wish I could take back what I said. It really wasn't directed at him. I was just frustrated over what I was watching.''

Molina remained upset after the game

''He said a bad word to me and I reacted that way,'' Molina said. ''He called me (it) twice. You can't allow that.''

Timmons explained what he saw and heard to media.

''So when Lovullo got to me after I had ejected him, he made a comment that was aggressive that Yadi overheard, so that's why Yadi reacted the way that he did,'' the umpire said. ''I think at that point Yadi became agitated, which was understandable. (The contact) was just incidental.''

Pollock was walking back to the dugout at the time.

''I never thought someone arguing a third strike call was going to create a benches-clearing brawl,'' Pollock said. ''But we stuck together as a team. We all have Torey's back.''

Peralta hit a tiebreaking, two-run homer off Dominic Leone in the eighth, and Pollock went deep later in the inning. In his second year in charge, Lovullo got his 100th win and was given a post-game beer shower by his coaches.

Arizona opened the season with three straight series wins for the first time, and its 7-2 start match the franchise best also accomplished in 2000, 2007, 2008 and 2017.

With three losses in its last five games, St. Louis dropped to 4-5.

Yoshihisa Hirano (1-0), a 34-year-old Japanese right-hander who agreed to a $6 million, two-year contract in December, pitched a perfect seventh for his first major league win.

Archie Bradley pitched around Kolten Wong's leadoff single in the eighth, and Brad Boxberger finished for his fourth save in as many chances, retiring Jose Martinez on a game-ending, double-play grounder

''Every time you hit a home run it feels good,'' Peralta said. ''It was a situation where you have to take advantage of a mistake.''

St. Louis starter Luke Weaver allowed one run and three hits in 6 1/3 innings with seven strikeouts, leaving with a 1-0 lead created by Wong's RBI single in the fifth.

Nick Ahmed hit a tying RBI single off Matt Bowman in the seventh.

Chris Owings singled off Leone (0-2) starting the eighth and Peralta hit his second home run this season. Pollock followed two batters later with his first.

MAKING MOVES

Arizona recalled INF/OF Christian Walker from Triple-A Reno and optioned RHP Matt Koch to the Pacific Coast League farm team.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Cardinals: LHP Ryan Sherriff was placed on the 10-day DL with a broken right big toe. RHP John Brebbia was recalled from Triple-A Memphis.

UP NEXT

Diamondbacks: RHP Zack Godley (1-0, 1.29) is to open a three-game series at San Francisco against LHP Derek Holland (0-1, 5.40) Godley allowed one earned run in seven innings of a 6-1 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday.

Cardinals: RHP Miles Mikolas (1-0, 6.35) is scheduled to start Monday in the first of three games against Milwaukee and RHP Jhoulys Chacin (0-1, 7.00) start for the Brewers. Mikolas hit a two-run homer for his first major league hit in a 8-4 win over Milwaukee on April 2.

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  • W: Y. Hirano (1-0)L: D. Leone (0-2)S: B. Boxberger (4)
  • HR: ARI - A. Pollock (1), D. Peralta (2)
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  • a-walked for Avila in the 7th
  • b-singled for Hirano in the 8th
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  • a-struck out for Mayers in the 8th
BATTING
  • HR - D. Peralta (2), A. Pollock
  • RBI - D. Peralta 2 (6), A. Pollock (6), N. Ahmed (8)
  • 2-Out RBI - A. Pollock (2), N. Ahmed (4)
BATTING
  • RBI - K. Wong
BASERUNNING
  • SB - A. Pollock (3)
BASERUNNING
  • Picked Off - T. Pham
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - D. Fowler
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
T. Walker6.03112303.271.3616.5
Y. Hirano (W, 1-0)1.00000101.690.5610.5
A. Bradley (H, 5)1.01000101.350.752.5
B. Boxberger (S, 4)1.01000100.001.209.5
PITCHERSIP
T. Walker6.0
Y. Hirano (W, 1-0)1.0
A. Bradley (H, 5)1.0
B. Boxberger (S, 4)1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
L. Weaver6.13111701.591.0619.5
T. Lyons (H, 2)0.10000105.401.800.5
M. Bowman (BS, 1)0.11001005.061.69-2.0
D. Leone (L, 0-2)0.02220017.711.71-9.0
M. Mayers1.01110014.501.501.0
J. Brebbia1.00000100.000.003.5
PITCHERSIP
L. Weaver6.1
T. Lyons (H, 2)0.1
M. Bowman (BS, 1)0.1
D. Leone (L, 0-2)0.0
M. Mayers1.0
J. Brebbia1.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - T. Walker 85-53, Y. Hirano 11-7, A. Bradley 16-11, B. Boxberger 13-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Walker 4-10, Y. Hirano 1-1, A. Bradley 1-1, B. Boxberger 1-0
  • Batters Faced - T. Walker 22, Y. Hirano 3, A. Bradley 4, B. Boxberger 3
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - L. Weaver 97-60, T. Lyons 6-3, M. Bowman 15-8, D. Leone 8-6, M. Mayers 16-9, J. Brebbia 15-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - L. Weaver 5-6, M. Bowman 1-0, M. Mayers 1-2, J. Brebbia 2-0
  • Batters Faced - L. Weaver 22, T. Lyons, M. Bowman 3, D. Leone 2, M. Mayers 4, J. Brebbia 3
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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A. Pollock CF42211011.343.425.6571.0829.5
D. Descalso 3B40000021.174.296.391.688-1.0
A. Avila C20000010.111.273.111.384-0.5
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J. Murphy C10000000.182.182.455.6360.0
N. Ahmed SS30110110.409.480.6821.1622.5
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A. Bradley P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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  • a-walked for Avila in the 7th
  • b-singled for Hirano in the 8th
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D. Fowler RF40000003.132.195.263.4580.0
T. Pham CF30000101.257.350.400.7501.0
M. Carpenter 3B30000120.179.351.321.6730.0
M. Ozuna LF40100011.316.316.421.7370.5
J. Martinez 1B40000002.313.378.500.8780.0
Y. Molina C31100000.294.306.588.8942.0
P. DeJong SS30000011.303.343.576.919-0.5
K. Wong 2B30210000.143.182.143.3253.0
L. Weaver P20100011.250.250.250.5000.5
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J. Brebbia P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-struck out for Mayers in the 8th
BATTING
  • HR - D. Peralta (2), A. Pollock
  • RBI - D. Peralta 2 (6), A. Pollock (6), N. Ahmed (8)
  • 2-Out RBI - A. Pollock (2), N. Ahmed (4)
BATTING
  • RBI - K. Wong
BASERUNNING
  • SB - A. Pollock (3)
BASERUNNING
  • Picked Off - T. Pham
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - D. Fowler
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
T. Walker6.03112303.271.3616.5
Y. Hirano (W, 1-0)1.00000101.690.5610.5
A. Bradley (H, 5)1.01000101.350.752.5
B. Boxberger (S, 4)1.01000100.001.209.5
Total9.0511260---
PITCHERSIP
T. Walker6.0
Y. Hirano (W, 1-0)1.0
A. Bradley (H, 5)1.0
B. Boxberger (S, 4)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
L. Weaver6.13111701.591.0619.5
T. Lyons (H, 2)0.10000105.401.800.5
M. Bowman (BS, 1)0.11001005.061.69-2.0
D. Leone (L, 0-2)0.02220017.711.71-9.0
M. Mayers1.01110014.501.501.0
J. Brebbia1.00000100.000.003.5
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PITCHERSIP
L. Weaver6.1
T. Lyons (H, 2)0.1
M. Bowman (BS, 1)0.1
D. Leone (L, 0-2)0.0
M. Mayers1.0
J. Brebbia1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - T. Walker 85-53, Y. Hirano 11-7, A. Bradley 16-11, B. Boxberger 13-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Walker 4-10, Y. Hirano 1-1, A. Bradley 1-1, B. Boxberger 1-0
  • Batters Faced - T. Walker 22, Y. Hirano 3, A. Bradley 4, B. Boxberger 3
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - L. Weaver 97-60, T. Lyons 6-3, M. Bowman 15-8, D. Leone 8-6, M. Mayers 16-9, J. Brebbia 15-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - L. Weaver 5-6, M. Bowman 1-0, M. Mayers 1-2, J. Brebbia 2-0
  • Batters Faced - L. Weaver 22, T. Lyons, M. Bowman 3, D. Leone 2, M. Mayers 4, J. Brebbia 3
  • 8TH INNING
    Pollock homered to left center41
    Peralta homered to right center, Owings scored31
  • 7TH INNING
    Ahmed singled to shallow right, Pollock scored, Walker to third11
  • 5TH INNING
    Wong singled to center, Molina scored, Wong to second01
  • 9TH INNING
    • John Brebbia pitching
    • J. Murphy: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Murphy grounded out to shortstop
    • N. Ahmed: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ahmed struck out looking
    • J. Dyson: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Dyson grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Brad Boxberger relieved Archie Bradley
    • M. Carpenter: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Carpenter struck out swinging
    • M. Ozuna: Strike looking, Ozuna singled to left
    • J. Martinez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Martinez grounded into double play third to second to first, Ozuna out at second
    • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Dominic Leone relieved Matt Bowman
    • Chris Owings hit for Yoshihisa Hirano
    • C. Owings: Ball, Foul, Ball, Owings singled to left
    • D. Peralta: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Peralta homered to right center, Owings scored
    • Mike Mayers relieved Dominic Leone
    • K. Marte: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Marte fouled out to catcher
    • P. Goldschmidt: Strike swinging, Ball, Goldschmidt grounded out to shortstop
    • A. Pollock: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Pollock homered to left center
    • D. Descalso: Descalso lined out to second
    • Middle of the 8th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Archie Bradley pitching
    • K. Wong: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Wong singled to center
    • Greg Garcia hit for Mike Mayers
    • G. Garcia: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Garcia struck out swinging
    • D. Fowler: Strike (foul tip), Pickoff attempt, Fowler lined out to left
    • T. Pham: Ball, Pham reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Wong out at second
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • L. Weaver Pitching:
    • P. Goldschmidt: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Goldschmidt grounded out to third
    • A. Pollock: Ball, Pollock singled to center
    • Tyler Lyons relieved Luke Weaver
    • D. Descalso: Ball, Ball, Pollock stole second, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Descalso struck out looking
    • Christian Walker hit for Alex Avila
    • Matt Bowman relieved Tyler Lyons
    • C. Walker: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Walker walked
    • N. Ahmed: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ahmed singled to shallow right, Pollock scored, Walker to third
    • J. Dyson: Ball, Strike looking, Dyson grounded out to pitcher
    • Middle of the 7th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Yoshihisa Hirano relieved Taijuan Walker
    • John Ryan Murphy catching
    • J. Martinez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Martinez grounded out to third
    • Y. Molina: Strike swinging, Molina flied out to right
    • P. DeJong: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, DeJong struck out looking
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • L. Weaver Pitching:
    • T. Walker: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Walker grounded out to third
    • D. Peralta: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Peralta grounded out to third
    • K. Marte: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Marte flied out to left
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • T. Walker Pitching:
    • T. Pham: Pham flied out to left
    • M. Carpenter: Ball, Strike looking, Carpenter flied out to left
    • M. Ozuna: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ozuna struck out looking
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • L. Weaver Pitching:
    • D. Descalso: Strike looking, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Descalso struck out swinging
    • A. Avila: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Avila struck out looking
    • N. Ahmed: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ahmed walked
    • J. Dyson: Pickoff attempt, Dyson flied out to left
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • T. Walker Pitching:
    • Y. Molina: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Molina singled to left
    • P. DeJong: Strike looking, Ball, DeJong flied out to deep left, Molina to second
    • K. Wong: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Wong singled to center, Molina scored, Wong to second
    • L. Weaver: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Weaver struck out looking
    • D. Fowler: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Fowler grounded out to second
    • End of the 5th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • L. Weaver Pitching:
    • D. Peralta: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Peralta singled to right
    • K. Marte: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Marte singled to right, Peralta to third, Marte out at second
    • P. Goldschmidt: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Goldschmidt struck out swinging
    • A. Pollock: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Pollock flied out to deep right
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • T. Walker Pitching:
    • T. Pham: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Pham lined out to right
    • M. Carpenter: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Carpenter walked
    • M. Ozuna: Foul, Ozuna flied out to deep center
    • J. Martinez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Martinez lined out to right
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • L. Weaver Pitching:
    • N. Ahmed: Strike swinging, Ahmed grounded out to shortstop
    • J. Dyson: Strike looking, Dyson popped out to third
    • T. Walker: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Walker struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • T. Walker Pitching:
    • P. DeJong: Strike looking, Ball, DeJong lined out to shortstop
    • K. Wong: Ball, Ball, Wong grounded out to second
    • L. Weaver: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Weaver singled to center
    • D. Fowler: Strike looking, Ball, Fowler lined out to right
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • L. Weaver Pitching:
    • A. Pollock: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Pollock struck out looking
    • D. Descalso: Ball, Ball, Foul, Descalso grounded out to first
    • A. Avila: Ball, Strike looking, Avila flied out to center
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • T. Walker Pitching:
    • M. Ozuna: Ozuna grounded out to second
    • J. Martinez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Martinez lined out to right
    • Y. Molina: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Molina grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • L. Weaver Pitching:
    • D. Peralta: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Peralta struck out looking
    • K. Marte: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Marte lined out to left
    • P. Goldschmidt: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Goldschmidt struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • T. Walker Pitching:
    • D. Fowler: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Fowler flied out to left
    • T. Pham: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Pham walked
    • M. Carpenter: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Pham picked off at first, pitcher to first, Strike swinging, Carpenter struck out swinging
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)