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The Cardinals and Diamondbacks played their final few games of their seven scheduled meetings this season with a three-game series over the weekend at Busch Stadium.
Game One: Diamondbacks 11, Cardinals 7 — WP: Patrick Corbin (2-3) LP: Carlos Martinez (4-4) SV: Jake Barrett (1)
A late-inning scoring spree of seven runs and a respectable outing from Patrick Corbin put the Diamondbacks in the driver’s seat for an 11-7 victory over the Cardinals on Friday night.
The Diamondbacks played two in the first on a base hit to left field off the bat of catcher Chris Herrmann, and with a one-run lead in the fifth, Jean Segura and Michael Bourn recorded RBIs, giving Arizona a 4-1 lead against the Cardinals’ Carlos Martinez.
Arizona scored five runs in the eighth, two on a base hit up the middle off Chris Owings’ bat. With Ruben Tejada on in relief in the ninth, the Diamondbacks scored twice, each run coming on solo blasts from Herrmann and Brandon Drury.
Despite a five-run bottom of the ninth the Cardinals strung together with help of Jake Lamb’s fielding error, the Diamondbacks held off on St. Louis’s late surge to win the ballgame.
Corbin lasted 6 1/3 innings, surrendering two earned runs on four hits and striking out seven batters, adding to his season total of 39 strikeouts.
–The Diamondbacks received two-hit performances from Jean Segura, Michael Bourn, Paul Goldschmidt, Jake Lamb, Chris Herrmann, and Chris Owings.
Game Two: Cardinals 6, Diamondbacks 2 — WP: Mike Leake (3-3) LP: Robbie Ray (2-3)
Behind three home runs and Mike Leake’s third consecutive start worthy of a win, the Cardinals took the middle game of the series by a 6-2 score.
The Cardinals took to the scoreboard first with a two-run shot off the bat of Jedd Gyorko in the second inning against the Diamondbacks’ Robbie Ray. Though he did not surrender another run, Ray’s pitch count of over 100 implemented his start to be ended after five innings, a period that he struck out five and walked four in.
Off reliever Jake Barrett in the sixth, Matt Adams hit his fourth homer of the year, a solo shot to pad the Cardinals’ lead up to three runs. The Cardinals added on the seventh with three runs off Andrew Chafin, two of them on Yadier Molina’s two-run homer.
The Cardinals opted to pinch-hit for Leake in the seventh inning, as his pitch count had broken the 90-pitch plateau. Leake shut Arizona out on four hits in his seven-inning outing and whiffed three batters.
Rickie Weeks Jr. hit a two-run homer in the ninth off of Trevor Rosenthal, the first two runs of the day for the Diamondbacks. And though they had the bases loaded with the lineup restarting its loop, the Diamondbacks failed to push across any more tallies and dropped the middle game of the series.
–Over his last three starts, Mike Leake has logged 21 innings of work and has pitched to a 0.86 earned run average.
Game Three: Diamondbacks 7, Cardinals 2 — WP: Zack Greinke (5-3) LP: Jaime Garcia (3-4)
A three-run first inning was all Zack Greinke and the Diamondbacks would need to cruise to a 7-2 series-winning victory over the Cardinals on Sunday.
Jaime Garcia allowed a walk to Jean Segura and a base hit to Michael Bourn to begin the top of the first inning for the Diamondbacks. Paul Goldschmidt hit into a double play, allowing the speedy Segura to score. After the twin killing, the Diamondbacks received four straight hits from the heart of their order, including a double by Welington Castillo and singles from Yasmany Tomas, Brandon Drury, and Chris Owings, capping off a three-run opening frame for the visiting team.
Garcia was pulled with two outs in the third after allowing a run in the second and third, finishing his day having allowed five earned runs on ten hits. Matt Bowman entered the game in relief and surrendered a pair of runs in 3 2/3 innings.
Greinke continued to pitch like the Greinke of 2015, turning in eight masterful frames and marking his second straight start that has equaled at least seven innings and featured seven or more strikeouts. Greinke allowed one run — a solo homer to Brandon Moss in the fourth — in his otherwise spectacular outing.
Randal Grichuk lined a two-out double in the bottom of the ninth to score a run, but it was to no prominent avail as Arizona’s Brad Ziegler put the finishing touches on the Cardinals in the ninth and a win for the Diamondbacks, their fourth victory in their last ten games.
–Jaime Garcia has had a rough go of it in his last two outings, allowing eight earned runs on fifteen hits and five walks in a total of 7 1/3 innings.
Diamondbacks: The Diamondbacks will make a stop along the Alleghany River for a date with the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park.
Cardinals: The Cardinals will welcome in the National League Central-leading Chicago Cubs to Busch Stadium for the teams’ second three-game set of the season.