Molina drives in 3, Cardinals beat Diamondbacks 6-3

PHOENIX (AP) The St. Louis Cardinals have struggled to get that one big hit they have needed recently, particularly during a three-game weekend sweep by Atlanta.

Yadier Molina came through early in a key situation, sparking the Cardinals to a play-from-ahead victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Molina hit a two-run single in the first inning and homered, helping the Cardinals end a four-game losing streak with a 6-3 win over the Diamondbacks on Monday night.

''Yadie comes through and he's got a knack for that and has for a long time,'' Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said. ''Then the other guys just kept coming.''

The Cardinals played from behind most of their series against the Braves, but jumped on the Diamondbacks early.

Molina hit a two-run single in the Cardinals' four-run first inning against Robbie Ray (3-1) and hit his 12th homer off the Arizona left-hander in the sixth.

Jedd Gyorko also homered and had two RBIs to end Ray's nine-game winning streak, dating to last season.

Martinez (5-4) allowed two runs on six hits and lined a double. Bud Norris worked a perfect ninth for his 16th save in 18 chances.

''We really wanted to come here and win the first one,'' Molina said. ''We had a good plan against their pitcher and we executed it.''

Paul Goldschmidt had four hits and an RBI for the Diamondbacks, who were not able to overcome the early deficit for their fourth straight loss.

''We got too far behind too early to play catch up,'' Arizona manager Torey Lovullo said.

Martinez snapped a three-game losing streak his last start, holding Cleveland to two runs on six hits in six innings. The right-hander was staked to a four-run lead before taking the mound and gave up Jake Lamb's run-scoring single in the bottom half.

Goldschmidt lined a run-scoring single in the fifth inning off Martinez, who struck out seven.

''We talk about being sharp in the first inning and I thought he was,'' Matheny said. ''He still had a couple things happen in a hurry, but he did a great job of limiting the damage.''

Ray returned from the DL (strained right oblique) to throw six scoreless innings in a 2-1 win over Miami on Wednesday.

The Arizona left-hander had a shaky start to his second post-DL outing, allowing four runs on five hits in the first inning.

Ray struck out six while retiring 12 of the next 13 hitters before Molina and Gyorko connected on consecutive solo homers to put the Cardinals up 6-2 in the sixth inning.

Ray allowed six runs on nine hits in five innings in his 100th career appearance.

''''I felt like I was making my pitches,'' Ray said. ''They were just putting good swings on them.''

LOVULLO AND MOLINA

Lovullo and Molina nearly came to blows the last time their teams met in April after the Diamondbacks manager uttered a profanity Molina thought was directed at him while arguing with an umpire. Molina charged Lovullo during the argument and both were suspended a game for their actions.

Lovullo said the profanity was not directed at Molina after the April game and met with the Cardinals catcher during batting practice on Monday to patch things up.

''Everything is in the past,'' Molina said. ''I have a bunch of respect for him and the organization, so everything is good.''

POLLOCK RETURNS

The Diamondbacks got a huge boost before the game, when center fielder A.J. Pollock was reinstated from the 10-day disabled list. The former All-Star had been out since May 14 with a broken left thumb and wasn't expected to be back so soon, but was in the lineup batting fourth.

Pollock finished 0 for 4 and scored a run.

CARDINALS MOVES

The Cardinals place OF Dexter Fowler on paternity leave so he could be with his wife, Aliya, for the birth of their second child. St. Louis recalled rookie OF Tyler O'Neill from Triple-A Memphis to fill his roster spot. O'Neill started in right field and batted third, going 1 for 4.

TRAINER'S TABLE

Diamondbacks 2B Ketel Marte returned as a replacement in the seventh inning after missing Sunday's game to a right hamstring cramp suffered Saturday against San Francisco.

UP NEXT

Diamondbacks RHP Zack Greinke is 12-5 with a 3.42 ERA and 102 strikeouts in 19 career games against the Cardinals headed into Tuesday's game. He'll face RHP Jack Flaherty, who will be making his first career start against Arizona.

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  • W: C. Martinez (5-4)L: R. Ray (3-1)S: B. Norris (16)
  • HR: STL - Y. Molina (12), J. Gyorko (6)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Carpenter 1B51100021.255.361.500.8612.0
T. Pham CF31100211.248.333.417.7513.5
T. O'Neill RF-LF41100013.238.267.476.7431.5
M. Ozuna LF40000025.281.325.412.737-1.0
H. Bader RF00000000.261.330.388.7180.0
Y. Molina C42231000.272.315.492.80710.0
J. Gyorko 3B41221000.244.298.395.6938.0
Y. Munoz SS40210010.282.326.389.7163.5
K. Wong 2B40000002.188.291.320.6110.0
C. Martinez P30100010.231.222.385.6071.5
M. Mayers P0000-000.000.500.000.000-
G. Holland P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- J. Martinez PH10000000.298.366.495.8600.0
B. Norris P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-flied out for Holland in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Jay RF41100012.286.352.362.7141.5
P. Goldschmidt 1B40410000.274.384.529.9135.0
J. Lamb 3B40110003.243.333.401.7352.0
A. Pollock CF41000012.286.341.604.9450.5
D. Peralta LF40210012.283.348.510.8584.5
D. Descalso 2B20000103.250.351.481.8311.0
J. Krehbiel P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- C. Owings PH10000001.196.264.292.5560.0
A. Bradley P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
J. Murphy C40000022.250.298.493.791-1.0
N. Ahmed SS31000120.221.281.410.6911.0
R. Ray P10000010.000.000.000.000-0.5
A. Chafin P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
K. Marte 2B20100000.247.299.413.7121.0
  • a-flied out for Krehbiel in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - M. Carpenter (24), Y. Munoz (5), C. Martinez
  • HR - Y. Molina (12), J. Gyorko (6)
  • RBI - Y. Molina 3 (35), J. Gyorko 2 (23), Y. Munoz (17)
BATTING
  • 3B - D. Peralta (4)
  • SH - R. Ray (2)
  • RBI - P. Goldschmidt (45), J. Lamb (26), D. Peralta (45)
  • 2-Out RBI - P. Goldschmidt (16), D. Peralta (19)
FIELDING
  • DP - 2 (Carpenter-Munoz-Martinez; Munoz-Wong-Carpenter)
  • E - K. Wong (3)
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - J. Jay (3)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
C. Martinez (W, 5-4)6.06222703.201.4221.5
M. Mayers1.01000003.291.172.0
G. Holland1.02100006.301.951.0
B. Norris (S, 16)1.00000103.030.9510.5
PITCHERSIP
C. Martinez (W, 5-4)6.0
M. Mayers1.0
G. Holland1.0
B. Norris (S, 16)1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
R. Ray (L, 3-1)5.09661724.891.45-2.5
A. Chafin1.10000101.761.113.5
J. Krehbiel1.21001000.001.201.0
A. Bradley1.00000002.030.933.0
PITCHERSIP
R. Ray (L, 3-1)5.0
A. Chafin1.1
J. Krehbiel1.2
A. Bradley1.0
PITCHING
  • WP - C. Martinez (5)
  • Pitches-Strikes - C. Martinez 96-68, M. Mayers 12-8, G. Holland 9-7, B. Norris 12-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Martinez 6-4, M. Mayers 1-1, G. Holland 2-1, B. Norris 1-1
  • Batters Faced - C. Martinez 25, M. Mayers 3, G. Holland 5, B. Norris 3
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - R. Ray 94-67, A. Chafin 20-15, J. Krehbiel 23-13, A. Bradley 8-6
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R. Ray 3-4, A. Chafin 3-0, J. Krehbiel 3-2, A. Bradley 2-1
  • Batters Faced - R. Ray 24, A. Chafin 4, J. Krehbiel 7, A. Bradley 3
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Carpenter 1B51100021.255.361.500.8612.0
T. Pham CF31100211.248.333.417.7513.5
T. O'Neill RF-LF41100013.238.267.476.7431.5
M. Ozuna LF40000025.281.325.412.737-1.0
H. Bader RF00000000.261.330.388.7180.0
Y. Molina C42231000.272.315.492.80710.0
J. Gyorko 3B41221000.244.298.395.6938.0
Y. Munoz SS40210010.282.326.389.7163.5
K. Wong 2B40000002.188.291.320.6110.0
C. Martinez P30100010.231.222.385.6071.5
M. Mayers P0000-000.000.500.000.000-
G. Holland P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- J. Martinez PH10000000.298.366.495.8600.0
B. Norris P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-flied out for Holland in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Jay RF41100012.286.352.362.7141.5
P. Goldschmidt 1B40410000.274.384.529.9135.0
J. Lamb 3B40110003.243.333.401.7352.0
A. Pollock CF41000012.286.341.604.9450.5
D. Peralta LF40210012.283.348.510.8584.5
D. Descalso 2B20000103.250.351.481.8311.0
J. Krehbiel P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- C. Owings PH10000001.196.264.292.5560.0
A. Bradley P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
J. Murphy C40000022.250.298.493.791-1.0
N. Ahmed SS31000120.221.281.410.6911.0
R. Ray P10000010.000.000.000.000-0.5
A. Chafin P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
K. Marte 2B20100000.247.299.413.7121.0
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  • a-flied out for Krehbiel in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - M. Carpenter (24), Y. Munoz (5), C. Martinez
  • HR - Y. Molina (12), J. Gyorko (6)
  • RBI - Y. Molina 3 (35), J. Gyorko 2 (23), Y. Munoz (17)
BATTING
  • 3B - D. Peralta (4)
  • SH - R. Ray (2)
  • RBI - P. Goldschmidt (45), J. Lamb (26), D. Peralta (45)
  • 2-Out RBI - P. Goldschmidt (16), D. Peralta (19)
FIELDING
  • DP - 2 (Carpenter-Munoz-Martinez; Munoz-Wong-Carpenter)
  • E - K. Wong (3)
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - J. Jay (3)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
C. Martinez (W, 5-4)6.06222703.201.4221.5
M. Mayers1.01000003.291.172.0
G. Holland1.02100006.301.951.0
B. Norris (S, 16)1.00000103.030.9510.5
Total9.0932280---
PITCHERSIP
C. Martinez (W, 5-4)6.0
M. Mayers1.0
G. Holland1.0
B. Norris (S, 16)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
R. Ray (L, 3-1)5.09661724.891.45-2.5
A. Chafin1.10000101.761.113.5
J. Krehbiel1.21001000.001.201.0
A. Bradley1.00000002.030.933.0
Total9.01066282---
PITCHERSIP
R. Ray (L, 3-1)5.0
A. Chafin1.1
J. Krehbiel1.2
A. Bradley1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • WP - C. Martinez (5)
  • Pitches-Strikes - C. Martinez 96-68, M. Mayers 12-8, G. Holland 9-7, B. Norris 12-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Martinez 6-4, M. Mayers 1-1, G. Holland 2-1, B. Norris 1-1
  • Batters Faced - C. Martinez 25, M. Mayers 3, G. Holland 5, B. Norris 3
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - R. Ray 94-67, A. Chafin 20-15, J. Krehbiel 23-13, A. Bradley 8-6
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R. Ray 3-4, A. Chafin 3-0, J. Krehbiel 3-2, A. Bradley 2-1
  • Batters Faced - R. Ray 24, A. Chafin 4, J. Krehbiel 7, A. Bradley 3
  • 8TH INNING
    Peralta singled to shallow right, Pollock scored63
  • 6TH INNING
    Gyorko homered to right62
    Molina homered to left52
  • 5TH INNING
    Goldschmidt singled to right center, Ahmed scored42
  • 1ST INNING
    Lamb singled to right, Jay scored, Goldschmidt to second41
    Munoz doubled to deep right, Molina scored, Gyorko out at home, Munoz to third40
    Gyorko singled to center, O'Neill scored, Molina to second30
    Molina singled to shallow right center, Carpenter and Pham scored, O'Neill to second20
  • 9TH INNING
    • Archie Bradley pitching
    • Jose Martinez hit for Greg Holland
    • J. Martinez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Martinez flied out to right
    • M. Carpenter: Ball, Carpenter grounded out to second
    • T. Pham: Strike looking, Pham grounded out to catcher
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Bud Norris pitching
    • J. Murphy: Murphy flied out to right
    • N. Ahmed: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Ahmed struck out swinging
    • K. Marte: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Marte grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • J. Krehbiel Pitching:
    • Y. Molina: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Molina grounded out to shortstop
    • J. Gyorko: Strike looking, Gyorko grounded out to shortstop
    • Y. Munoz: Strike swinging, Ball, Munoz singled to shallow left
    • K. Wong: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Wong flied out to left
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Greg Holland relieved Mike Mayers
    • P. Goldschmidt: Goldschmidt singled to left
    • J. Lamb: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Lamb reached on fielder's choice to second, Goldschmidt out at second
    • A. Pollock: Ball, Pollock reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Pollock to second, Lamb out at second on 2nd baseman Wong fielding error
    • D. Peralta: Peralta singled to shallow right, Pollock scored
    • Chris Owings hit for Joey Krehbiel
    • C. Owings: Ball, Owings flied out to deep left
    • End of the 8th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
  • 7TH INNING
    • A. Chafin Pitching:
    • M. Carpenter: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Carpenter struck out swinging
    • Joey Krehbiel pitching
    • Ketel Marte at second base
    • T. Pham: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Pham walked
    • T. O'Neill: O'Neill popped out to first
    • M. Ozuna: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ozuna grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Mike Mayers relieved Carlos Martinez
    • Harrison Bader in right field
    • N. Ahmed: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ahmed flied out to right
    • K. Marte: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Marte singled to shallow center
    • J. Jay: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Jay grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Marte out at second
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • R. Ray Pitching:
    • Y. Molina: Strike looking, Ball, Molina homered to left
    • J. Gyorko: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Gyorko homered to right
    • Andrew Chafin relieved Robbie Ray
    • Y. Munoz: Strike swinging, Munoz grounded out to shortstop
    • K. Wong: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Wong grounded out to third
    • C. Martinez: Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Martinez grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 6th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • C. Martinez Pitching:
    • A. Pollock: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Pollock struck out swinging
    • D. Peralta: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Peralta flied out to deep center
    • D. Descalso: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Descalso walked
    • J. Murphy: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul tip, Murphy struck out on foul tip
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • R. Ray Pitching:
    • M. Carpenter: Ball, Strike swinging, Carpenter grounded out to shortstop
    • T. Pham: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Pham singled to right
    • T. O'Neill: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, O'Neill struck out swinging
    • M. Ozuna: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ozuna struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • C. Martinez Pitching:
    • N. Ahmed: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ahmed walked
    • R. Ray: Ray hit sacrifice bunt to third, Ahmed to second
    • J. Jay: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Jay grounded out to third
    • P. Goldschmidt: Goldschmidt singled to right center, Ahmed scored
    • J. Lamb: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Lamb grounded out to second
    • End of the 5th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • R. Ray Pitching:
    • Y. Munoz: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Munoz struck out swinging
    • K. Wong: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Wong grounded out to second
    • C. Martinez: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Martinez struck out looking
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • C. Martinez Pitching:
    • A. Pollock: Strike looking, Pollock grounded out to third
    • D. Peralta: Peralta tripled to right center
    • D. Descalso: Descalso popped out to third
    • J. Murphy: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Murphy struck out swinging
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • R. Ray Pitching:
    • M. Ozuna: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ozuna flied out to right
    • Y. Molina: Ball, Strike swinging, Molina popped out to shortstop
    • J. Gyorko: Gyorko lined out to center
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • C. Martinez Pitching:
    • J. Jay: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Jay struck out swinging
    • P. Goldschmidt: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Goldschmidt singled to left
    • J. Lamb: Lamb grounded into double play first to shortstop to pitcher, Goldschmidt out at second
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • R. Ray Pitching:
    • C. Martinez: Strike looking, Ball, Martinez doubled to deep right center
    • M. Carpenter: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Carpenter struck out swinging
    • T. Pham: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Pham struck out looking
    • T. O'Neill: Strike looking, Ball, O'Neill flied out to deep center
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • C. Martinez Pitching:
    • J. Murphy: Strike looking, Murphy grounded out to shortstop
    • N. Ahmed: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Ahmed struck out looking
    • R. Ray: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ray struck out swinging
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • R. Ray Pitching:
    • M. Carpenter: Carpenter doubled to right
    • T. Pham: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Pham walked
    • T. O'Neill: O'Neill singled to left, Carpenter to third, Pham to second
    • M. Ozuna: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ozuna struck out looking
    • Y. Molina: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Molina singled to shallow right center, Carpenter and Pham scored, O'Neill to second
    • J. Gyorko: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Gyorko singled to center, O'Neill scored, Molina to second
    • Y. Munoz: Foul, Munoz doubled to deep right, Molina scored, Gyorko out at home, Munoz to third
    • K. Wong: Ball, Ball, Wong grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 1st (4 Runs, 5 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • C. Martinez Pitching:
    • J. Jay: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Jay reached on an infield single to third
    • P. Goldschmidt: Ball, Ball, Jay to second on wild pitch, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Goldschmidt singled to shallow right, Jay to third
    • J. Lamb: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Lamb singled to right, Jay scored, Goldschmidt to second
    • A. Pollock: Strike looking, Pollock flied out to center
    • D. Peralta: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Peralta struck out swinging
    • D. Descalso: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Descalso popped out to second
    • End of the 1st (1 Run, 2 Hits, 1 Error)