Cards’ comeback falls short
PHOENIX — Pinch-hitter Paul Goldschmidt grounded into a gameending double play with two runners on the base and the NL Central-leading Cardinals fell short during a ninth-inning rally, losing to the Diamondbacks 9-7 Wednesday.
The Cardinals began the day with a 2 lead over the Brewers in the division. By game’s end, the Brewers held a big, early lead in Cincinnati.
The Cardinals and Diamondbacks were back on the field about 11 hours after the Diamondbacks’ 3-2 win in 19 innings, a game that took nearly seven hours.
Errors by rookie infielders Tommy Edman and Edmundo Sosa helped the Diamondbacks score seven times in the sixth for a 9-5 lead. Wilmer Flores homered during the burst, which also included a runscoring wild pitch.
The Cardinals loaded the bases with one out in the ninth and Matt Wieters hit a two-run single. Goldschmidt was up next — he had homered in the first two games of the series, marking his return to the desert after the Diamondbacks traded their longtime star to the Cardinals in the offseason.
Facing former teammate Archie Bradley, Goldschmidt hit a grounder and the Diamondbacks turned two to end it. Bradley got his 17th save.
Merrill Kelly (13-14) exited trailing 5-2 after six innings and wound up with the win.
Reliever Junior Fernandez (0-1) took the loss.
Cardinals rookie outfielder Randy Arozarena hit his first major league home run, stole home and threw out a runner at third.
The Diamondbacks’ Archie Bradley celebrates Wednesday’s victory over the Cardinals.