O'Neill has 4 RBIs, Cardinals beat Diamondbacks 4-2

ST. LOUIS (AP) Tyler O'Neill said it wasn't actually a promise. However, the St. Louis Cardinals' outfielder did tell cancer patient Preston Dobbs he ''would try'' and hit a home run for him.

O'Neill came through Saturday night with a two-run homer and a career high-tying four RBIs as the Cardinals beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 4-2.

His two-run double in the first inning gave the Cardinals a 2-0 lead. He added the homer off Merrill Kelly (7-9) in the third to push the advantage to 4-1.

O'Neill, born in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada, met Dobbs before the game. A resident of the St. Louis suburb of Maryland Heights, Dobbs got to speak with several players before the contest thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Missouri.

The 11-year-old Dobbs' ability to keep fighting through the toughest of circumstances impressed O'Neill.

''I was able to put that ball in the air for Preston,'' O'Neill said. ''It was just a good feeling.''

O'Neill, recalled from Triple-A Memphis on June 29, also drove in four runs in a 6-0 win over Kansas City on May 21, 2018.

Dakota Hudson pitched six effective innings to help St. Louis break a three-game losing streak.

Eduardo Escobar hit his 19th homer for Arizona, which snapped a four-game win streak.

Hudson (8-4) gave up three hits and two runs in a 94-pitch stint. He struck out five and walked four. Hudson wriggled out of a bases-loaded no-out jam in the second after giving up a run-scoring hit to Nick Ahmed.

''When you're tested in uncomfortable situations, he figures out a way to bear down and execute,'' St. Louis manager Mike Shildt said. ''He gutted it up - did his part.''

Hudson struck out Jarrod Dyson and then got Ketel Marte to fly out to preserve the 2-1 lead.

''It was a day where I didn't have my best pitch and had to battle through it in order to get outs and keep us in position to win a good ball game,'' Hudson said. ''It's kind of how it was - we had to make adjustments early.''

Carlos Martinez got the last four outs for his fourth save in six chances.

Kelly surrendered just one earned run over five innings. A two-out error by third baseman Jake Lamb in the first allowed the inning to continue.

''I would like things to be a little smoother than it was,'' Kelly said. ''Sometimes that's just baseball. It was just kind of not my night.''

Ahmed has reached safely in a career-best 14 successive games.

St. Louis first baseman Paul Goldschmidt, who played eight seasons in Arizona (2011-2018), reached on the error by Lamb but went 0 for 3 at the plate and is hitless in seven at bats in the series.

Goldschmidt is hitting .249, the lowest average of his career at this point in the season.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Diamondbacks: RHP Jon Duplantier was scheduled to throw in an Arizona League game on Saturday. He has been sidelined since June 12 with right shoulder inflammation.

Cardinals: RHP Adam Wainwright will start on Sunday after missing a scheduled start on Friday with back spasms.

''I could have gone (Friday), but they said don't push it,'' Wainwright said. ''I was fine with it.''

RHP Miles Mikolas (5-9, 4.53 ERA), who was slated to start Sunday, will go on Monday.

UP NEXT

RHP Wainwright (5-7, 4.31 ERA) will face Arizona RHP Zack Greinke (10-3, 2.73) in the final of the three-game series on Sunday. Greinke won 10 games before the All-Star break for the fourth successive season. He has not allowed an earned run in three starts against NL Central opponents this season covering 20 2/3 innings.

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  • W: D. Hudson (8-4)L: M. Kelly (7-9)S: C. Martinez (4)
  • HR: ARI - E. Escobar (19), STL - T. O'Neill (2)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Dyson LF50000023.247.331.353.684-1.0
K. Marte CF40200003.312.360.566.9263.0
E. Escobar 2B41111012.295.351.545.8965.5
C. Walker 1B40000001.260.328.503.8320.0
A. Jones RF31000010.258.307.432.7391.5
J. Lamb 3B20000210.222.386.400.7861.5
N. Ahmed SS30110111.265.315.429.7442.5
C. Kelly C20000211.268.353.520.8721.5
M. Kelly P20000014.000.031.000.031-0.5
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M. Andriese P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- D. Leyba PH10000010.167.286.167.452-0.5
  • a-struck out for Bradley in the 7th
  • b-struck out for Andriese in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Carpenter 3B50100041.216.322.376.699-1.0
J. Martinez RF30000101.278.341.415.7561.0
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A. Miller P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
H. Bader CF00000000.203.313.355.6680.0
P. DeJong SS42000001.254.339.435.7732.0
P. Goldschmidt 1B31000002.249.337.417.7541.0
T. O'Neill LF41241011.271.311.414.72510.5
C. Martinez P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
D. Fowler CF-RF30100111.251.354.421.7751.5
M. Wieters C30200101.239.299.466.7653.0
K. Wong 2B30100013.246.328.377.7050.5
D. Hudson P20000002.036.069.036.1050.0
a- Y. Munoz PH-RF-LF10000101.300.323.378.7000.0
  • a-walked for Hudson in the 6th
BATTING
  • 2B - K. Marte (21)
  • HR - E. Escobar (19)
  • RBI - E. Escobar (68), N. Ahmed (40)
  • 2-Out RBI - E. Escobar (22)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - K. Marte 3 (3), E. Escobar, C. Walker, N. Ahmed, C. Kelly, M. Kelly
BATTING
  • 2B - T. O'Neill (4)
  • HR - T. O'Neill (2)
  • SH - K. Wong (2)
  • RBI - T. O'Neill 4 (8)
  • 2-Out RBI - T. O'Neill 2 (4)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Carpenter, J. Martinez, D. Fowler, M. Wieters, K. Wong 3 (3), D. Hudson 2 (2)
BASERUNNING
  • CS - Y. Munoz (3)
FIELDING
  • E - C. Kelly (5), M. Kelly, J. Lamb (2)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Kelly (L, 7-9)5.05413513.931.273.5
T. McFarland0.21001006.231.68-2.0
A. Bradley0.10000004.911.710.0
M. Andriese2.01000205.481.476.0
PITCHERSIP
M. Kelly (L, 7-9)5.0
T. McFarland0.2
A. Bradley0.1
M. Andriese2.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
D. Hudson (W, 8-4)6.03224513.481.5121.5
G. Gallegos (H, 7)1.21000202.550.803.0
A. Miller0.00001004.131.34-1.0
C. Martinez (S, 4)1.10000302.210.9311.5
PITCHERSIP
D. Hudson (W, 8-4)6.0
G. Gallegos (H, 7)1.2
A. Miller0.0
C. Martinez (S, 4)1.1
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Kelly 96-56, T. McFarland 11-6, A. Bradley 1-1, M. Andriese 24-17
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Kelly 10-2, T. McFarland 1-0, M. Andriese 3-1
  • Batters Faced - M. Kelly 25, T. McFarland 3, A. Bradley, M. Andriese 8
PITCHING
  • HBP - D. Hudson (4)
  • Pitches-Strikes - D. Hudson 94-53, G. Gallegos 22-19, A. Miller 4-0, C. Martinez 15-11
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Hudson 8-5, G. Gallegos 2-1, C. Martinez 1-0
  • Batters Faced - D. Hudson 26, G. Gallegos 6, A. Miller, C. Martinez 4
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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J. Dyson LF50000023.247.331.353.684-1.0
K. Marte CF40200003.312.360.566.9263.0
E. Escobar 2B41111012.295.351.545.8965.5
C. Walker 1B40000001.260.328.503.8320.0
A. Jones RF31000010.258.307.432.7391.5
J. Lamb 3B20000210.222.386.400.7861.5
N. Ahmed SS30110111.265.315.429.7442.5
C. Kelly C20000211.268.353.520.8721.5
M. Kelly P20000014.000.031.000.031-0.5
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A. Bradley P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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  • a-struck out for Bradley in the 7th
  • b-struck out for Andriese in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Carpenter 3B50100041.216.322.376.699-1.0
J. Martinez RF30000101.278.341.415.7561.0
G. Gallegos P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
A. Miller P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
H. Bader CF00000000.203.313.355.6680.0
P. DeJong SS42000001.254.339.435.7732.0
P. Goldschmidt 1B31000002.249.337.417.7541.0
T. O'Neill LF41241011.271.311.414.72510.5
C. Martinez P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
D. Fowler CF-RF30100111.251.354.421.7751.5
M. Wieters C30200101.239.299.466.7653.0
K. Wong 2B30100013.246.328.377.7050.5
D. Hudson P20000002.036.069.036.1050.0
a- Y. Munoz PH-RF-LF10000101.300.323.378.7000.0
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  • a-walked for Hudson in the 6th
BATTING
  • 2B - K. Marte (21)
  • HR - E. Escobar (19)
  • RBI - E. Escobar (68), N. Ahmed (40)
  • 2-Out RBI - E. Escobar (22)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - K. Marte 3 (3), E. Escobar, C. Walker, N. Ahmed, C. Kelly, M. Kelly
BATTING
  • 2B - T. O'Neill (4)
  • HR - T. O'Neill (2)
  • SH - K. Wong (2)
  • RBI - T. O'Neill 4 (8)
  • 2-Out RBI - T. O'Neill 2 (4)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Carpenter, J. Martinez, D. Fowler, M. Wieters, K. Wong 3 (3), D. Hudson 2 (2)
BASERUNNING
  • CS - Y. Munoz (3)
FIELDING
  • E - C. Kelly (5), M. Kelly, J. Lamb (2)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Kelly (L, 7-9)5.05413513.931.273.5
T. McFarland0.21001006.231.68-2.0
A. Bradley0.10000004.911.710.0
M. Andriese2.01000205.481.476.0
Total8.0741471---
PITCHERSIP
M. Kelly (L, 7-9)5.0
T. McFarland0.2
A. Bradley0.1
M. Andriese2.0
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
D. Hudson (W, 8-4)6.03224513.481.5121.5
G. Gallegos (H, 7)1.21000202.550.803.0
A. Miller0.00001004.131.34-1.0
C. Martinez (S, 4)1.10000302.210.9311.5
Total9.04225101---
PITCHERSIP
D. Hudson (W, 8-4)6.0
G. Gallegos (H, 7)1.2
A. Miller0.0
C. Martinez (S, 4)1.1
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Kelly 96-56, T. McFarland 11-6, A. Bradley 1-1, M. Andriese 24-17
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Kelly 10-2, T. McFarland 1-0, M. Andriese 3-1
  • Batters Faced - M. Kelly 25, T. McFarland 3, A. Bradley, M. Andriese 8
PITCHING
  • HBP - D. Hudson (4)
  • Pitches-Strikes - D. Hudson 94-53, G. Gallegos 22-19, A. Miller 4-0, C. Martinez 15-11
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Hudson 8-5, G. Gallegos 2-1, C. Martinez 1-0
  • Batters Faced - D. Hudson 26, G. Gallegos 6, A. Miller, C. Martinez 4
  • 5TH INNING
    Escobar homered to right24
  • 3RD INNING
    O'Neill homered to right, DeJong scored14
  • 2ND INNING
    Ahmed singled to center, Jones scored, Lamb to third, Ahmed to second12
  • 1ST INNING
    O'Neill doubled to left, DeJong and Goldschmidt scored02
  • 9TH INNING
    • C. Martinez Pitching:
    • C. Kelly: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Kelly struck out swinging
    • Domingo Leyba hit for Matt Andriese
    • D. Leyba: Foul, Strike looking, Foul tip, Leyba struck out on foul tip
    • J. Dyson: Ball, Dyson grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • G. Gallegos Pitching:
    • C. Walker: Ball, Strike swinging, Walker flied out to deep right
    • A. Jones: Strike looking, Jones grounded out to shortstop
    • Andrew Miller relieved Giovanny Gallegos
    • J. Lamb: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Lamb walked
    • Carlos Martinez pitching
    • Dexter Fowler in right field
    • Harrison Bader in center field
    • N. Ahmed: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ahmed struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Andriese Pitching:
    • M. Wieters: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Wieters singled to left
    • K. Wong: Ball, Foul, Wong hit sacrifice bunt to pitcher, Wieters to second
    • Y. Munoz: Munoz grounded out to shortstop
    • M. Carpenter: Ball, Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Carpenter struck out swinging
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Giovanny Gallegos pitching
    • Kevin Cron hit for Archie Bradley
    • K. Cron: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Cron struck out swinging
    • J. Dyson: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Dyson struck out swinging
    • K. Marte: Strike looking, Strike looking, Marte doubled to left center
    • E. Escobar: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Escobar grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Matt Andriese pitching
    • P. DeJong: Ball, Ball, DeJong grounded out to second
    • P. Goldschmidt: Goldschmidt reached on catcher's interference
    • T. O'Neill: Foul, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Strike swinging, O'Neill struck out swinging
    • D. Fowler: Pickoff attempt, Fowler flied out to left
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
  • 6TH INNING
    • D. Hudson Pitching:
    • A. Jones: Ball, Ball, Jones flied out to deep right
    • J. Lamb: Ball, Strike swinging, Lamb lined out to right
    • N. Ahmed: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ahmed walked
    • C. Kelly: Foul, Ball, Kelly grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • T.J. McFarland relieved Merrill Kelly
    • K. Wong: Wong grounded bunt out to pitcher
    • Yairo Munoz hit for Dakota Hudson
    • Y. Munoz: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Munoz walked
    • M. Carpenter: Ball, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Munoz caught stealing second, first to pitcher to shortstop, Foul, Carpenter singled to right
    • Archie Bradley relieved T.J. McFarland
    • J. Martinez: Martinez lined out to left
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • D. Hudson Pitching:
    • J. Dyson: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Dyson lined out to center
    • K. Marte: Ball, Marte lined out to shortstop
    • E. Escobar: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Escobar homered to right
    • C. Walker: Walker grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 5th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • M. Kelly Pitching:
    • P. Goldschmidt: Ball, Goldschmidt grounded out to shortstop
    • T. O'Neill: O'Neill grounded out to third
    • D. Fowler: Ball, Ball, Fowler singled to right
    • M. Wieters: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Wieters grounded out to second
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • D. Hudson Pitching:
    • J. Lamb: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Lamb struck out looking
    • N. Ahmed: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ahmed grounded out to third
    • C. Kelly: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Kelly walked
    • M. Kelly: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Kelly struck out looking
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Kelly Pitching:
    • M. Carpenter: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Carpenter struck out swinging
    • J. Martinez: Martinez grounded out to shortstop
    • P. DeJong: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, DeJong flied out to right
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • D. Hudson Pitching:
    • E. Escobar: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Escobar struck out looking
    • C. Walker: Strike swinging, Walker grounded out to third
    • A. Jones: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Jones struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Kelly Pitching:
    • P. DeJong: Strike looking, Ball, DeJong safe at first on Kelly fielding error
    • P. Goldschmidt: Ball, Strike looking, Goldschmidt flied out to left
    • T. O'Neill: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Pickoff attempt, O'Neill homered to right, DeJong scored
    • D. Fowler: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Fowler struck out swinging
    • M. Wieters: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Wieters singled to left center
    • K. Wong: Ball, Strike looking, Wong singled to right, Wieters to second
    • D. Hudson: Ball, Hudson grounded out to second
    • End of the 3rd (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 1 Error)
  • 2ND INNING
    • D. Hudson Pitching:
    • A. Jones: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Jones hit by pitch
    • J. Lamb: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Lamb walked, Jones to second
    • N. Ahmed: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ahmed singled to center, Jones scored, Lamb to third, Ahmed to second
    • C. Kelly: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Kelly walked
    • M. Kelly: Kelly reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Lamb out at home, Ahmed to third, Kelly to second
    • J. Dyson: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Dyson struck out swinging
    • K. Marte: Marte flied out to deep right
    • Middle of the 2nd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • M. Kelly Pitching:
    • D. Hudson: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Hudson grounded out to second
    • M. Carpenter: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Carpenter struck out swinging
    • J. Martinez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Martinez grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • D. Hudson Pitching:
    • J. Dyson: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Dyson grounded out to third
    • K. Marte: Ball, Ball, Marte singled to right
    • E. Escobar: Strike swinging, Escobar reached on fielder's choice to second, Marte out at second
    • C. Walker: Ball, Walker grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • M. Kelly Pitching:
    • M. Carpenter: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Carpenter struck out swinging
    • J. Martinez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Martinez walked
    • P. DeJong: Ball, DeJong reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Martinez out at second
    • P. Goldschmidt: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Goldschmidt safe at first on 3rd baseman Lamb fielding error, DeJong to second
    • T. O'Neill: Ball, O'Neill doubled to left, DeJong and Goldschmidt scored
    • D. Fowler: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Fowler walked
    • M. Wieters: Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Wieters walked, O'Neill to third, Fowler to second
    • K. Wong: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Wong struck out swinging
    • End of the 1st (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)