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Cards do in D-backs on Grichuk's homer

June 29, 2017

PHOENIX -- With a 10-4 win over the D-backs at Chase Field on Thursday, the Cardinals bucked two trends that have hindered them all season and crept closer to the division-leading Brewers in the National League Central. Before bouncing back from an extra-innings loss in the opener with consecutive wins,

PHOENIX -- With a 10-4 win over the D-backs at Chase Field on Thursday, the Cardinals bucked two trends that have hindered them all season and crept closer to the division-leading Brewers in the National League Central. Before bouncing back from an extra-innings loss in the opener with consecutive wins, St. Louis was 13-26 against teams with a record of .500 or better, and had won five of its previous 20 road games.
"That's huge, not just with two wins, but with the way our guys responded, because you get the wind kicked out of you the first game, that can have some lasting effects," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said. "It's just the kind of series that we need to put in the memory bank that, 'Hey, this is more like what we need to do, and this is how it should be.'"
Carried by a three-run homer from Randal Grichuk, who drove in five on three hits, and a lockdown performance from its bullpen, St. Louis closed out a win for Lance Lynn. The Cardinals starter had a bounce-back performance in which he held Arizona to three runs over six innings. Lynn had allowed 14 runs over his previous two starts.
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"You give up four hits, you like that, except for the fact that it cost you three runs," Lynn said. "But they have a good lineup, and to hold them to three runs on a couple hard-hit balls and a couple balls that traveled a little further than I would have liked is OK."
Eight of the Cardinals' runs came in the seventh and eighth innings, and it was too little too late for the D-backs by the time Jake Lamb lasted a solo shot in the ninth for his 18th homer of the year. Lamb also put the D-backs up, 3-2, with an RBI fielder's choice in the sixth.

"Everything was moving right along for us until the seventh inning," Arizona manager Torey Lovullo said. "We scratched out that run in the sixth, and I thought we were in a really good position. Unfortunately, we didn't execute on a couple of key pitches and key moments, and they took advantage of us."
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With the loss, Arizona lost its first series since it dropped 3-of-4 to Miami at the start of June. D-backs starter Patrick Corbin tossed six innings and held the Cardinals to two runs while striking out six, but Rubby De La Rosa surrendered what proved to be the biggest hit of the game to Grichuk in the seventh.
"I thought Patrick did an outstanding job of getting us to that point," Lovullo said. "He gave up a couple runs, he got himself into a situation where there was tremendous damage control. … From that point he really got moving in the right direction and got out of the game with a lead."

Gregor Blanco's third-inning double and Paul Goldschmidt's fourth-inning homer accounted for the remainder of Arizona's offense.
Voit ignites big inning: With two outs in the top of the seventh, the Cardinals trailed, 3-2, and needed a spark. That came in the form of Luke Voit, who came on to pinch-hit for Lynn and cracked a double to left-center. That kept the inning alive long enough to bring Grichuk to the plate for his go-ahead homer. Since making his Major League debut on Saturday, Voit is 3-for-6 with a pair of pinch-hits.
"I think he can just hit," Matheny said. "It's difficult finding those opportunities because he's a one-dimensional player defensively. But being a guy who can stay sharp and be an impact bat off the bench could, like today, be one of the keys to our offense. So we'll take what we can get."
Insurance runs galore: St. Louis carried a 5-2 lead into the eighth, but made sure not to leave the door open for a D-backs team that has a knack for late-game dramatics. The Cardinals batted around in the eighth and threw five more runs on the board. Grichuk and Stephen Piscotty each had RBI doubles, and Tommy Pham added to the pinch-hit parade by delivering a two-RBI single while batting in the pitcher's spot. The insurance was especially helpful given that the Cardinals' three late-inning relievers -- Trevor Rosenthal, Seunghwan Oh and Brett Cecil -- were all unavailable due to recent usage.

"It definitely shows that there's not much respect. It feels good to come in and do well in that situation. Every player, any time someone gets intentionally walked to face you, you have to get [ticked] off and think that was a mistake and go up there with confidence and make them pay. -- Grichuk, on going deep after the D-backs intentionally walked Matt Carpenter ahead of him with two outs in the seventh
The D-backs allowed double-digit runs for the first time in 100 games dating back to Sept. 10, 2016, when they surrendered 11 to the Giants. They were the last team in the Majors this year to give up double-digit runs in a game.
The Cardinals' five-run eighth came with the help of a replay review, which erased the first out of the inning. A one-minute review initiated by the Cardinals showed that a throw by third baseman Lamb had pulled Goldschmidt off first base. Jose Martinez was awarded the base, and Lamb was charged with an error. Martinez later came around to score on Pham's two-run single.

Cardinals: The Cardinals will close out the first half with a 10-game homestand that opens Friday against the Nationals. First pitch is scheduled for 7:15 p.m. CT. Mike Leake, winless in his last six starts, will take the mound against Tanner Roark.
D-backs: The D-backs will welcome the Rockies for a three-game series to cap off their 10-game homestand, with first pitch coming at 6:40 p.m. MST on Friday. Robbie Ray, who is 6-0 with a 1.29 ERA in his last seven starts, will start for Arizona, while the Rockies counter with Jon Gray.
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Jarrid Denney is a reporter for based in Arizona and covered the D-backs on Thursday..

Jenifer Langosch has covered the Cardinals for since 2012, and previously covered the Pirates from 2007-11. Follow her on Twitter, and Facebook.