National League Game Summary - St. Louis at Arizona|
(Wednesday, May 9th)
Final Score: St. Louis 7, Arizona 2
Phoenix, AZ (Sports Network) - Allen Craig hit a two-run home run and Kyle
Lohse threw five strong innings as the St. Louis Cardinals capped a three-game
sweep of the Arizona Diamondbacks with a 7-2 win on Wednesday.
Lohse (5-1) gave up just one run on seven hits and added a base hit and a run
scored from the plate for the Cardinals, who went 4-2 on their six-game road
trip. Matt Holliday hit a two-run double while Rafael Furcal went 4-for-5 with
a run scored in the win.
"It's nice to come in here and finish (the sweep) off and get out of here on a
good note," said Cardinals manager Mike Matheny.
Wade Miley (3-1) gave up three runs on 10 hits over 5 2/3 innings and also
drove in a run for the Diamondbacks, who have lost five straight and seven of
eight. Aaron Hill drove in the other run while Lyle Overbay and Ryan Roberts
each posted three hits.
An RBI single from Miley in the second scored Overbay to give the Diamondbacks
a 1-0 lead, but Arizona had a chance to add in the fourth taken away when
Overbay was thrown out at home when Roberts singled to center.
The Cardinals tied the game in the fifth. With one out, Lohse singled and
Furcal followed with a base hit to put runners at the corners. Carlos Beltran
then hit a grounder to third that saw the ball jump up on Roberts, allowing
Lohse to score.
St. Louis took the lead for good in the sixth. David Freese led off with a
walk, but the next two batters recorded outs. Tony Cruz then kept the inning
alive with a single and Matt Carpenter followed with a pinch-hit double to
center for a 3-1 advantage.
The Diamondbacks got a run back in the sixth on Hill's RBI double, but that
was as close as it got.
The Cardinals put the game away in the ninth as Holliday hit a two-run double
and Craig followed with a shot over the wall in right for a 7-2 advantage.
Mitchell Boggs came on in the ninth to close the game, but loaded the bases
without recording an out. Jason Motte, though, did the job as he struck out
Gerardo Parra then got Willie Bloomquist to hit into a double play for his
sixth save of the season.
"We just got out-executed the whole series,' said Arizona manager Kirk Gibson.
"They out-pitched us, they out-defended us, they swung the bats better than we
did and we're happy to see them go."
St. Louis has won five straight against Arizona...The Cardinals return home to
face the Braves for three games starting on Friday...Arizona hosts San
Francisco for three games beginning on Friday...Arizona left nine men on
base...This was St. Louis' first sweep of Arizona since April 9-11,
2004...Lohse improved to 3-2 in nine career starts against the Diamondbacks.
05/10 02:28:06 ET