Arizona’s Justin Upton came back after a 50 minute rain delay in the sixth inning and hit a two run homer off starter Kyle McClellan who came back out to pitch. That gave the Diamondbacks a 3-0 lead and eventual 4-1 win Thursday night at Busch Stadium.
McClellan is now 6-6 and hasn’t won in his last six starts, going all the way back to May 19. He thought he was fine. “If I didn’t feel like I could do it, I wouldn’t have gone out there. They asked me to give them an honest opinion and I felt good warming up and I felt like I was fine.”
McClellan’s counterpart was fine too. Joe Saunders was lifted in time after the rain delay, Saunders never allowed a runner to get to second base over his final four innings. He retired nine in a row at one point. He worked out of a first inning jam after giving up a lead off double to Ryan Theriot and a walk to David Freese, he retired Albert Pujols on a fly out and Matt Holliday hit into a double play.
Holliday doubled in the Cardinals only run, who have lost four of six and are back in a first place tie with Milwaukee. Albert Pujols went 0 for 3. He’s 1 for 9 since his return from the DL.