After giving up a first inning homer to Paul Goldschmidt, Cardinals starter John Lackey settled down for seven solid innings, letting his defense make plays behind him and picking up a 3-1 victory over Arizona for his 11th win of the season. Trevor Rosenthal picked up his 40th save of the year.
“We played great defense for sure today,” said Lackey, who allowed a run and seven hits and struck out four. “A lot of balls in play, some tough plays and (got some) double plays, great plays in the outfield. We played absolutely great defense today.”
The Cardinals turned three double plays, giving them a total of eight in the series. Kolten Wong made two great plays at second base and Tommy Pham flashed leather in the outfield robbing Aaron Hill of an extra base hit.
Former Diamondback Mark Reynolds tied the game at 1-1 with his 11th homer in the fifth. The Cardinals grabbed the lead in the seventh off reliever David Hernandez. Wong doubled in Stephen Piscotty who singled to lead off the inning. Wong then scored on a single from Matt Carpenter.