Cards Hold On For 4-3 Victory

Jose M. Romero, Associated Press

PHOENIX (AP) — A night after giving up two runs in a loss, the St. Louis Cardinals turned to Trevor Rosenthal again out of the bullpen with the game on the line.

Rosenthal held on for the win, though it was adventurous. The veteran right-hander survived a rocky ninth inning that included two wild pitches, and got the save in the Cardinals’ 4-3 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks Wednesday night.

Rosenthal closed out a win for starter Adam Wainwright, who pitched into the seventh inning. Yadier Molina and Jedd Gyorko each drove in two runs.

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“It’s not always pretty but it’s good when you get it done, that’s for sure,” Rosenthal said.

Wainwright (8-5) limited the Diamondbacks to two runs and eight hits over 6 1/3 innings He struck out eight.

“The last two games I’ve located the ball,” Wainwright said. “Before that I was missing across the plate, missing up, missing down. You just can’t miss in this game with these big-league hitters. They’ll punish you every time.”

Arizona slugger Paul Goldschmidt went 0 for 4, the first time all season he has gone hitless in four at-bats in back-to-back games. His franchise-record 42-game on-base streak at Chase Field came to an end.

Gyorko’s RBI double in the eighth pushed St. Louis’ lead to 4-2.

The Diamondbacks nearly tied it against Rosenthal in the ninth. Brandon Drury led off with a walk and advanced to second on a wild pitch. One out later, Chris Herrmann walked and both runners advanced on pinch-hitter Gregor Blanco’s grounder. Drury then scored on another Rosenthal wild pitch, with Herrmann moving up to third.

After a walk to Daniel Descalso, Rosenthal got David Peralta on a grounder to pick up his fourth save.

“We needed somebody to come in today and get the job done and close the door,” Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said, a night after closer Seung Hwan Oh blew a save chance. “He’s done it a lot and we know he has the stuff to do it.”

Zack Godley (3-2) took the loss, allowing three runs and two hits with seven strikeouts in seven innings. The Diamondbacks snapped a four-game winning streak.

Godley’s wildness in the fourth inning proved costly. The Cardinals loaded the bases with no outs as Godley walked Matt Carpenter, Tommy Pham singled and Stephen Piscotty was hit by a pitch that the Diamondbacks challenged but lost. Then came a walk to Gyorko to force in a run.

Yadier Molina bounced a single to left field with the bags full to drive in two runs and make it 3-0 before Godley got out of the inning. The hit extended Molina’s hitting streak to 14 games.

The Diamondbacks got a run in the bottom of the fourth on back-to-back doubles from Jake Lamb and Chris Owings. Wainwright then struck out the next three batters, and right after a called third strike to Jeff Mathis to end the inning, Mathis was ejected by home plate umpire D.J. Reyburn for arguing.

That brought Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo out of the dugout, and he, too, was thrown out. The ejections were the first two for Arizona this season and the first for Lovullo as a manager.

“I felt like his ejection wasn’t justified,” Lovullo said of Mathis. “It takes lot to get me there but when I get there you see what happens.”

The Diamondbacks pulled within a run in the seventh after Descalso beat out a potential double-play grounder that would have ended the inning. Rey Fuentes scored, but reliever Tyler Lyons got Peralta to pop out.
DIAZ TO TRIPLE-A

Cardinals shortstop Aledmys Diaz was sent to Triple-A Memphis before the game, with the club purchasing the contract of infielder Alex Mejia from Memphis.

Diaz was a National League All-Star last season, but had been in a hitting slump of late.

AHMED TO DL, MARTE UP

The Diamondbacks placed infielder Nick Ahmed on the 10-day disabled list with a broken right hand, but Ahmed is more likely to be out up to eight weeks after a procedure to place three pins in the hand Wednesday, Lovullo said.

Ahmed suffered the injury when he was hit by a pitch from Rosenthal in the eighth inning Tuesday night. The Diamondbacks called up utility player Ketel Marte from Triple- A Reno in time for Wednesday’s game.

Marte, acquired in an offseason trade with Seattle, was batting .338 in 70 games for Reno. He flied out in the seventh inning as a pinch hitter in his Diamondbacks debut.

TOP PICK SIGNS

The Cardinals announced the signing of Scott Hurst, this year’s top first-year player draft pick, on Wednesday. Hurst, a left-handed hitting outfielder from Cal-State Fullerton, got a $450,000 signing bonus.

TAURASI TOSS

Phoenix Mercury guard Diana Taurasi, who recently became the WNBA’s all-time leading scorer, threw out the ceremonial first pitch.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Diamondbacks: OF Yasmany Tomas (groin) went 0 for 2 in his first rehab game Tuesday night, playing five innings in left field with no pain. … OF A.J. Pollock (groin) played six innings in center field and had four at-bats, including a double on his rehab assignment Tuesday.

UP NEXT

Cardinals: RHP Lance Lynn (5-5) faces the Diamondbacks on Thursday. He has not lasted more than 5 2/3 innings in each of his last six starts, but is 3-0 against Arizona in his career.

Diamondbacks: LHP Patrick Corbin (6-7) is 5-2 in nine starts at home this season.

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