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Cardinals can't cash in on their chances, fall to Diamondbacks, 4-2

Lynn Worthy, St. Louis Post-Dispatch on

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PHOENIX — While the Cardinals left money on the table, the Arizona Diamondbacks found ways to cash in on their openings and evened the series at the expense of Cardinals starting pitcher Kyle Gibson on Saturday night.

Cardinals hitters pounded out 11 hits, but left nine men on base in a 4-2 loss to the Diamondbacks in the second game of a three-game series at Chase Field. All four Diamondbacks runs came against Gibson, three via a sixth-inning home run. Gibson has given up at least one home run in all three of his starts this season.

The loss by the Cardinals (7-8) sets up a rubber match between the teams on Sunday afternoon.

Gibson (1-2) allowed four runs on six hits and three walks. Lourdes Gurriel Jr. hit a three-run home run that changed the game. It was the fifth home run allowed by Gibson in three starts this season.

Paul Goldschmidt (2 for 4), Willson Contreras (2 for 4) and Masyn Winn (2 for 4, RBI, stolen base) had multi-hit games for the Cardinals.

Early action against Gibson

 

Diamondbacks leadoff hitter Ketel Marte welcomed Gibson to the game with a double down the left-field line to immediately put a runner in scoring position after the first two pitches of the game.

After Corbin Carroll hit a fly ball to left field for the first out of the inning, Gurriel singled to right field to put runners on first and third. Then Gibson walked Christian Walker, which loaded the bases for Joc Pederson with one out.

Pederson lofted a deep fly ball to the warning track in left field, which allowed Marte to tag-up and score easily as the Diamondbacks took a 1-0 lead. Gibson struck out the next batter, Eugenio Suarez, on three pitches and held the Diamondbacks to one run in the first inning.

In his previous start against the Miami Marlins at Busch Stadium, Gibson allowed six first-inning runs on a pair of three-run home runs.

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