The Arizona Diamondbacks scored nine runs and sent 14 batters to the plate in the sixth inning, turning a 5-2 Cardinals lead upside down into an eventual 12-7 loss for the Redbirds in the series opener Monday night.
Cardinals pitching allowed two doubles, a triple and a homer in that mess of an inning, that saw four pitchers used.
Starter Jaime Garcia allowed a leadoff double and triple to make it 5-3, before giving way to Matt Bowman. He gave up an RBI single before recording a strikeout. Kevin Siegrist entered and gave up a three-run homer to Jean Segura making it 7-5. After he allowed a single and a walk, Seth Maness entered and gave up three hits and an error that led to five more runs. Tyler Lyons allowed another run in the eighth.
The Cardinals scored seven runs off Zack Grienke, getting homers from Jeremy Hazelbaker and Matt Carpenter. Hazelbaker’s came with two outs in the fifth in a three-run inning that made it 5-2. It was his fifth of the season. Carpenter’s came in the seventh. It was a solo homer, his third of the year.
Hazelbaker replaced Matt Holliday in the third after he ran out a groundout. The Cardinals downplayed the injury as a cramp and he is listed day-to-day. Holliday tripled in the first. He may have done something on that play, but the club won’t say more.