Cards’ come­back falls short

The Morning Call - - SPORTS -

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.

ROSS D. FRANKLIN/AP

The Di­a­mond­backs’ Archie Bradley cel­e­brates Wed­nes­day’s vic­tory over the Car­di­nals.

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