PHOENIX -- Even D-backs manager Torey Lovullo is sometimes left searching for an explanation for how his team continues to pull out games like the one Tuesday night when Chris Herrmann's one-out RBI single in the bottom of the 10th inning walked off the Cardinals, 6-5, at Chase Field."Pretty exciting
PHOENIX -- Even D-backs manager Torey Lovullo is sometimes left searching for an explanation for how his team continues to pull out games like the one Tuesday night when Chris Herrmann's one-out RBI single in the bottom of the 10th inning walked off the Cardinals, 6-5, at Chase Field.
"Pretty exciting game for all of us," said Lovullo, whose team has 28 come-from-behind wins this year. "This team never shuts down. They fight until the final out and that was evident again tonight. Big hits, all game long. Sometimes I just leave the dugout shaking my head because these guys believe and that's a pretty powerful thing."
Rey Fuentes led off the 10th with a single to center and pitcher Zack Godley was sent up to pinch-hit and sacrificed him to second, where he scored when Herrmann hit a grounder back up the middle off Matt Bowman. It was the third walk-off hit of Herrmann's career.
Thanks to an RBI groundout by Jedd Gyorko in the first and a sacrifice fly by Paul DeJong in the sixth, the Cardinals took a 2-0 lead. The D-backs, though, tied things up in the bottom of the sixth against starter Carlos Martinez when Chris Iannetta doubled off the wall to score Jake Lamb and Daniel Descalso.
After the Cardinals scored three in the seventh, the D-backs rallied for two in the eighth off setup man Trevor Rosenthal and another in the ninth against closer Seunghwan Oh to send it to extra innings.
"It's indicative of what we've seen this year. It's just one component, maybe that you don't expect that will get you in a spot," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said. "Those two [relievers] have been, in my mind, as good as anybody over the long haul. I know recently here they've had a little rough stretch, but over the long haul, they've been extremely good, and we trust them every time we give them the ball with the lead."
The D-backs have won 13 of their last 15 games overall and they are 15-2 in their last 17 games at Chase Field.
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MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Saving runs: Cardinals outfielders came up with two defensive gems. With runners on first and second and one out in the second inning, Iannetta smoked a drive to center. Tommy Pham ran back, covering 90 feet in 5.3 seconds according to Statcast™, and caught the ball just before slamming into the wall. The catch not only prevented two runs from scoring, but it also helped allow Martinez to settle in as he retired the next batter, Nick Ahmed, to end the inning. Then in the eighth, left fielder Randal Grichuk made a diving play on a bases-loaded line drive. Descalso scored from third on the play, but at least one more would have had he not made the play.
"We hit balls all over the ballpark that were caught, good plays were made," Lovullo said of the Cardinals defense. "There were several diving plays, several key outs that they corralled at big moments."
Peralta power:David Peralta was 0-for-3 with a walk heading into the ninth inning. With the D-backs trailing by a run, Peralta greeted Oh by hitting a 1-2 changeup on the outside corner the opposite way for a game-tying home run. The home run was the sixth allowed by Oh in 36 innings this season. Last year, he served up five home runs in 79 2/3 innings.
"I'm just not making good pitches, and those are ending up as a hit or a homer," Oh said, speaking through a translator. "I need to get those out pitches right, especially in these one-run differences. I just have to make those pitches." More >>
"It was really frustrating. It was simply one pitch. It was supposed to be on the outside corner. Obviously it landed on the inside corner. Other than that, I felt great." -- Martinez, on a mistake to Iannetta that tied the game
Ahmed has a small fracture in his right hand, which happened when he was hit by a pitch by Rosenthal in the eighth. Lovullo said that Ahmed would "continue to be evaluated."
Cardinals:Adam Wainwright will be looking to build off a strong seven-inning start last week when he takes the mound in Wednesday's 8:40 p.m. CT game against the D-backs. Before limiting the Pirates to two runs (one earned) on Friday, Wainwright had allowed 20 runs over his previous 10 1/3 innings.
D-backs: Godley will make his 10th start of the year for the D-backs on Wednesday night when they take on the Cardinals. Godley has a 2.13 ERA at Chase Field this year and has allowed two or fewer runs in each of his four starts there. This will be his first career appearance against the Cardinals.
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Steve Gilbert has covered the D-backs for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB.
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