Five home runs, even one from pitcher Shelby Miller helped the St. Louis Cardinals pound the Arizona Diamondbacks, 12-8, Thursday night.
Matt Holliday’s home run was the first blow for the Redbirds, tying the game at 2-2 in the bottom of the first. Matt Adams with his three-run homer and Daniel Descalso with his solo shot capped an eight-run fourth inning.
Miller and Matt Carpenter added their dingers in the fifth. The Cardinals’ right-handed hurler had two hits altogether offensively, and struck out nine on the mound for his seventh win.
The St. Louis bullpen didn’t allow the Cardinals to rest easy however, as Seth Maness allowed three runs while only retiring one batter in the seventh, and Keith Butler did the same in ninth.
Edward Mujica came in with the bases loaded and recorded an unconventional save because he came in with the tying-run on deck. Mujica picked up his 18th save in as many opportunities despite allowing an inherited runner to score on a sacrifice fly
The Cardinals enter a series with the team right behind them in the standings in the Cincinnati Reds. St. Louis has a three-game advantage entering the weekend set. Adam Wainwright faces Mike Leake, with coverage on ESPN 100.5 and 103.1 KTGR Friday at 5:15 PM.