Diamondbacks 7, Cardinals 5

The Arizona Diamondbacks went from stunned to elated in one wild

ninth inning.

Chris Young rescued Arizona’s much-maligned bullpen with his

second homer of the game, a two-run shot in the bottom of the ninth

that gave the Diamondbacks a 7-5 victory over the St. Louis

Cardinals.

“You talk about a range of emotions. What a game,” Arizona

manager A.J. Hinch said. “We scored a lot of runs (five) with two

outs and that’s a good sign.”

Albert Pujols had three RBIs for the Cardinals, who trailed by

three going into the ninth before rallying to tie it on a wild

pitch by winner Esmerling Vasquez (1-2).

Kyle McClellan (0-2) retired the first two Diamondbacks in the

bottom half before Miguel Montero singled and Young hit a drive to

left.

“He put a good swing on a bad pitch,” McClellan said, “and

that’s what big league hitters do.”

Adam LaRoche doubled home two runs in the first inning and added

an RBI single in the seventh for Arizona. Young hit a solo homer in

the fourth.

The Diamondbacks’ bullpen, with the worst ERA in the majors at

7.33 entering the day, couldn’t hold the lead. Felipe Lopez doubled

leading off the ninth and closer Chad Qualls was charged with an

error when he bobbled a toss to first base on Colby Rasmus’

grounder.

Pujols hit an RBI single and, one out later, Randy Winn drove in

a run with a single. Vasquez came on for Qualls and uncorked a wild

pitch that allowed Pujols to score the tying run.

Vasquez was charged with a blown save, but he retired Yadier

Molina and Skip Schumaker with Winn on second to keep the score

tied.

Moments later, Young ended it.

“Adrenalin was flowing and at that point, you’re just trying to

see it and hit it,” Young said. “He gave me a good pitch to hit.

I knew it had a chance.”

Arizona starter Edwin Jackson got through 6 2-3 innings and

scattered eight hits before departing with runners on second and

third. He hasn’t beaten the Cardinals in five appearances.

St. Louis ace Chris Carpenter wasn’t sharp with his command

through his six innings. He had to wiggle out of two bases-loaded

situations in his last two innings of work and walked a season-high

five. He struck out eight and allowed six hits.

The Diamondbacks got two runs in the seventh off reliever Dennys

Reyes. Stephen Drew hit a leadoff double and scored on LaRoche’s

single. Montero then hit an RBI double high off the center-field

wall.

Montero caught his first full game in two months after a long

stint on the disabled list with a partially torn meniscus in his

right knee.

Pujols lined a two-run double in the seventh off reliever Aaron

Heilman, with both runs charged to Jackson. Pujols was 2 for 11 in

the three-game series and finished the team’s six-game road trip 3

for 22.

The Cardinals went 1-5 on their road trip through Los Angeles

and Arizona.

“Tough loss and tough road trip,” manager Tony La Russa said.

“We gave ourselves a great chance and I thought we were going to

pull it off but we didn’t.”

NOTES: Diamondbacks LHP Dontrelle Willis has a minor infection

in his left hand after splitting a nail during his last start,

though Hinch said it can’t get worse. Willis will be available out

of the bullpen as a situational lefty when the Diamondbacks are in

Boston starting Monday. Carpenter tied a career high with two

hits.