(BaseballStL) — It was Trevor Rosenthal’s ninth, and the Cardinal closer owned it from start to finish.
He got three quick outs, hitting 100 on the gun on his way to a clean inning and a save, preserving the 6-7 win.
Matt Adams gave the Cardinals a shot of life in the tenth, doubling to begin the 10th inning.
Daniel Descalso came on to pinch run, and was put to work when Peralta singled into center. The utility man tore around third and scored, giving the Birds a 7-6 lead. Yadier Molina moved Peralta to second with a soft grounder to second, but Grichuk struck out to make it two outs.
Kolten Wong was intentionally walked to get to Peter Bourjos, and the center fielder hit a ball deep in the hole. The play would go to second, catching Wong in time to end the inning.
Gonzales to the rescue
Marco Gonzales came on for ninth inning duties after the Cardinals failed to score in their half.
He began with a leadoff walk, but two soft fly balls put the Diamondbacks down to their last out. Lamb had the honor, and nearly ended the inning with a groundout. Unfortunately for the Cardinals, Matt Carpenter’s throw sailed and pulled Adams off the bag. Lamb was safe, and Arizona had new life.
Nick Ahmed battled to a 3-2 count, but Gonzales struck him out to preserve the tie.
Dbacks tie it
Arizona pulled even in the eighth, scoring three to make things interesting once again.
Pat Neshek was on the mound, and gave up a one-out single to Montero to begin the charge.
Two more singles followed to load the bases, and when Gregorius hit a soft liner into center, two Diamondbacks crossed to make it 6-5.
Pinch hitter Jordan Pacheco popped up to make it two outs, but Incairte crushed a ground-rule double into left center to score the tying run.
A pop up would close the inning, but the Cardinals would bat in the ninth facing a tie game.
The score drew closer in the seventh, when the Diamondbacks turned a strange bounce into an opportunity.
Didi Gregorius hit a ball sharply to first, but the ball skipped funnily and eluded Matt Adams’ mitt. A line out followed, but Ender Inciarte hit a ball down the third base line. Carpenter let it go, hoping it would roll foul, but it rode the line past the bag and stayed fair.
Inciarte made it to first and Gregorius came around to third, and Carlos Martinez came in for Sam Freeman.
He got a ground out from A.J. Polluck, but it was up the middle and allowed Gregorius to score. The inning closed with a fly ball to center, but the Cardinal lead shrank to 6-3.
Arizona found itself in a heap of trouble early in the seventh, when Kolten Wong singled to begin the inning.
Reliever Oliver Perez walked pinch hitter Peter Bourjos next, putting the two fastest Redbirds on base with no outs.
Catcher Miguel Montero made things worse when he tried to pick Wong off second, sailing the throw into center and allowing both runners to move up a station.
When Carpenter hit a grounder off Perez to second, it was enough to score Wong. Jon Jay’s single into left took care of plating Bourjos, and the Cardinals had one on and one out. Matt Holliday’s walk made it two on, but Perez was able to finish out his appearance with a strike out of Adams.
Jhonny Peralta would face Matt Stites with two out, but would end up flying out to right to end the scoring.
Wacha signs off
Wacha would exit in the sixth, when a lead off Mark Trumbo single brought Mike Matheny from the dugout.
Randy Choate got the nod, and promptly carved up Miguel Montero for a strikeout.
Jake Lamb nearly ended the inning with a grounder back to Choate, but Trumbo broke up the double play with a hard slide into second. Seth Maness came on to take the ball, tasked with getting Nick Ahmed for the final out.
He made quick work of him, getting a grounder to end the inning.
Here come the Cards
The Cardinal bats roared in the sixth, surging ahead to take a 4-2 lead.
Matt Carpenter began the inning with a single, and was matched by Jon Jay one hitter later. Matt Holliday flew out to right field, but Adams kept things alive with the inning’s first single.
The bases were loaded for Jhonny Peralta, and the coaches decided to visit Trevor Cahill. It didn’t do much good, as Peralta hammered a ball off the wall in center, missing a grand slam by mere inches. The shot scored two, and left men at second and third for Yadier Molina.
The Cardinal backstop would get bullpen man Will Harris, and use his at bat to hit a sacrifice fly to right, scoring Adams.
Grichuk closed the charge with a strikeout, but the Birds head to the field leading by two runs.
After a tough first two innings, the St. Louis starter regrouped it retire 10 straight Arizona hitters. He struck out four and walked three, but once again turned what looked to be a disastrous outing into a quality start.
Things remained rough for Wacha in the second, when a one-out single put the fourth runner of the game on.
A strike out followed, but leadoff man Ender Inciarte singled to make it first and third. Wacha got a 3-2 count on A.J. Polluck but couldn’t put him away, walking him to load the bases.
No runs would cross, however, as David Peralta bounced the third out to Adams at first.
St. Louis answered with a run in the second, turning a leadoff walk into their first score.
Matt Adams got the free pass, and Jhonny Peralta moved him to third with a single. Yadier Molina grounded into a double play next, but it was enough to score Adams to make the game 2-1.
Randal Grichuk walked, but Kolten Wong’s fly ball closed the frame.
A rough 1st
Michael Wacha’s return to the mound got off to an inauspicious start.
After the Cardinals went down in order in the top half of the first, the Diamondbacks got the bases loaded with no outs.
A leadoff single was followed by two walks, and Wacha was in trouble early. A deep fly ball from Mark Trumbo was enough to score a run, and a second runner crossed when Miguel Montero ripped a single up the middle.
The Cardinals would escape further damage with a double play to end the inning, getting Wacha off the mound in 23 pitches.