Cards Top D-backs 5-2

By Nicholas Valenzuela

The St. Louis Cardinals (64-53) pitching staff was able to keep the Arizona Diamondbacks (58-59) from producing any offense in a 5-2 loss on Wednesday evening.

Arizona got on the board first in the top of the fourth inning when Paul Goldschmidt blasted a 456 foot home run to deep left-center field to put the D-backs on top 1-0.

The Cards would respond quickly in the bottom half of the inning when St. Louis third baseman David Freese hit a two-run home run to left field to score Carlos Beltran and put the Cards on top 2-1. They would add another run in the bottom half of the fifth inning when Allen Craig hit a solo shot of his own to center field, extending the lead to 3-1.

The D-backs would fight back in the top of the sixth inning, but were only able to score one run and cut the lead to 3-2 when Goldschmidt hit into a double play to score Aaron Hill from third, but killing Arizona’s shot of mounting a rally.

Rafael Furcal would crush any hopes of Arizona coming back in the bottom of the inning with a two-run RBI triple to deep right field, scoring two, and putting the game out of reach at 5-2.

St. Louis starter Adam Wainwright provided a strong start for the Cards, allowing only five hits and two earned runs through six strong innings of work. He picked up his 11th victory of the season with the win. The St. Louis bullpen provided three strong innings of relief, not allowing any hits or walks, while striking out three.

Arizona will send starter Trevor Cahill to the mound tomorrow for game three of the series in an attempt to avoid the sweep.