August 16, 2012; St. Louis, MO. USA; Arizona Diamondbacks second baseman Aaron Hill (2) is caught stealing by St. Louis Cardinals second baseman Daniel Descalso (33) during the fourth inning at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-US PRESSWIRE

Cardinals Vs. Diamondbacks: Two Ninth-Inning Home Runs Push Arizona Past St. Louis

The St. Louis Cardinals lost a game, shutout and sweep after the Arizona Diamondbacks rallied for two runs in the ninth inning to win the game.

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Cardinals Vs. Diamondbacks Final Score: Arizona Rallies Late To Beat St. Louis 2-1

Arizona Diamondbacks sluggers Miguel Montero and Paul Goldschmidt hit back-to-back home runs off of St. Louis Cardinals reliever Jason Motte in the top of the ninth inning to rally the D-Backs to a 2-1 win at Busch Stadium on Thursday night.

The game went late into the evening thanks to a rain delay and for most of the night, it appeared the Cards would complete the series sweep of the Diamondbacks. Arizona was only able to scratch out four hits off of St. Louis starter Kyle Lohse but then the visitor's bats came alive in their final at bat with the two homers.

Motte (4-4) picked up the loss along with his fifth blown save of the season. Arizona starter Trevor Cahill gave up just one run and five hits in six innings with the bullpen keeping the Cards scoreless the rest of the way. David Hernandez (2-2) picked up the win for his work in the eighth inning while closer J.J. Putz earned his 23rd save of the season.

The loss dropped St. Louis a game behind Pittsburgh and Atlanta in the NL Wild Card race with Pittsburgh coming to town on Friday for a three-game series.

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Cardinals Vs. Diamondbacks: Thursday Start Time, TV Schedule And More

The St. Louis Cardinals (64-53) will look to make it a three-game sweep of the Arizona Cardinals (58-59) on Wednesday night at Busch Stadium. The Cardinals' 5-2 win on Tuesday was their fifth straight victory over Arizona this season and their seventh straight going back to 2011.

St. Louis will send Kyle Lohse to the mound. He is 12-2 on the year and has won his last six decisions.

The Diamondbacks will give the ball to Trevor Cahill, who is 9-10 and will be going for his 50th career win. Arizona has lost eight of its last 11 games.

The game will start at 7:15 p.m. CT. It can be seen on Fox Sports Midwest.

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Cardinals Vs. Diamondbacks Final Score: St. Louis Earns 5-2 Win

The St. Louis Cardinals have taken a second game in as many days from the Arizona Diamondbacks at Busch Stadium with a 5-2 victory on Wednesday.

Paul Goldschmidt gave Arizona a 1-0 lead in the fourth with a solo home run, but that wouldn't last long. St. Louis' David Freese hit a two-run shot in the bottom of the inning and his team never trailed again.

Allen Craig made it 3-1 with a solo home run in the fifth. Goldschmidt scored Aaron Hill when he ground into a double-play in the sixth and it was 3-2.

Rafael Furcal extended the Cardinals' lead to 5-2 with a two-run triple in the bottom of the sixth and that's how it would stay.

Adam Wainwright (11-10) pitched six innings, gave up five hits and two runs and struck out five for St. Louis. Joe Saunders (6-9) also pitched six innings, giving up seven hits and five runs and striking out five. Jason Motte picked up his 27th save of the year.

The series will conclude on Thursday, with the first pitch scheduled for 7:15 p.m. ET.

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Cardinals Vs. Diamondbacks Score Update: St. Louis Up 3-1 After Five

After an 8-2 win on Tuesday, the St. Louis Cardinals are trying to take the second game of their three-game set against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday night. After five innings, they're hanging on to a 3-1 lead.

It's been a pitching duel so far, with all of the game's offense generated by three home runs. In the fourth inning, the Diamondbacks' Paul Goldschmidt hit a solo homer, then the Cardinals' David Freese hit a two-run bomb.

Allen Craig extended his team's lead to 3-1 in the fifth with a solo shot.

St. Louis starter Adam Wainwright has surrendered just three hits and one run, striking out five. Arizona's Joe Saunders has given up four hits and three earned runs and has struck out four.

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Cardinals Vs. Diamondbacks: Wednesday's Starting Lineups

Adam Wainwright starts for the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday night, as the Cards look to take the second game of a three-game series against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Both Mike Matheny and Kirk Gibson have announced the starting lineups for Wednesday night's contest, and they are as follows:

Arizona Diamondbacks

SS Stephen Drew
2B Aaron Hill
LF Jason Kubel
1B Paul Goldschmidt
RF Justin Upton
C Miguel Montero
3B Chris Johnson
CF Chris Young
SP Joe Saunders

St. Louis Cardinals

CF Jon Jay
1B Allen Craig
LF Matt Holliday
RF Carlos Beltran
3B David Freese
2B Daniel Descalso
C Tony Cruz
SS Rafael Furcal
SP Adam Wainwright

Yadier Molina is absent from Wednesday's lineup, and the All-Star catcher expects to miss a few games because of back stiffness.

Seven of St. Louis's starters are right-handed (or will be batting right-handed in the cases of Beltran and Furcal), which is a good thing, as right-handed batters hit Saunders to a .286/.338/.464 tune, compared to .211/.231/.246 for left-handed batters.

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Cardinals Vs. Diamondbacks: Wednesday Start Time, TV Schedule And More

The St. Louis Cardinals look to continue their winning ways on Wednesday night, as they host the Arizona Diamondbacks for the middle game of a three-game set.

On Tuesday, the Cardinals opened the homestand with an 8-2 win, behind a strong Joe Kelly start. On Wednesday, Mike Matheny will send ace Adam Wainwright to the hill.

Though he struggled in the first half of the season, Wainwright has been excellent since the All-Star Break, going 3-2 with a 2.32 ERA, while issuing just seven walks against 39 strikeouts in 42 and 2/3 innings. Wainwright has also surrendered just one home run in the second half as well, compared to 10 in over 102 innings in the first half.

St. Louis' offense will look to tee off on Joe Saunders, who carries a 3.52 ERA and 1.30 WHIP into the game. Saunders has been a much more effective pitcher away from Chase Field, however, as he owns a 2.44 ERA and .244 average against on the road.

First pitch is scheduled for 7:15 p.m. CT. Televised coverage can be found on FOX Sports Midwest.

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Cardinals Vs. Diamondbacks: St. Louis Opens Series With 8-2 Win Over Arizona

The St. Louis Cardinals opened a three-game series against the Arizona Diamondbacks with an 8-2 win at Busch Stadium on Tuesday night.

Matt Holliday started the scoring for the Cards in the fourth inning with a two-run homer. A solo shot in the sixth by centerfielder Jon Jay then put St. Louis up for good. The Astros rallied for two in the top of the seventh thanks to a two-run homer by Miguel Montero but that would end the scoring for the visitors.

St. Louis eventually put the game away for good late in the game, capped by a two-run, pinch-hit double by Matt Carpenter in the eighth inning to seal the win.

Joe Kelly (3-5) earned the win for the Cards, giving up six hits and two runs in six and a third innings on the mound. Arizona starter Ian Kennedy (10-10) was tagged with the lost after giving up five runs in six innings. Kennedy left the game in the seventh inning after he committed a throwing error which allowed a run to score as part of a two-run inning for St. Louis.

The win keeps St. Louis within one game of Atlanta and Pittsburgh in the NL Wild Card race. The two teams resume their series on Wednesday at 7:15 p.m. CT.

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Brian Fuentes' Departure Leaves Cardinals With Few Left-Handed Pitching Options

On Tuesday, newly-acquired St. Louis Cardinals reliever Brian Fuentes was placed on the restricted list for personal reasons and has left the team, with Trevor Rosenthal being recalled to take his spot on the roster for the time being. Fuentes' departure may have come at the worst time for the Cardinals, who are suddenly thin on left-handed pitching.

Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that with the trade deadline behind them, Cardinals GM John Mozeliak has said that the chances of picking up a "quality lefthander" before the season ends are quite slim. To make matters worse, St. Louis has only two left-handers in the bullpen in Marc Rzepczynski and Barret Browning. Sam Freeman is also an option at Triple-A.

Left-handed assignments may be interesting down the stretch for the Cardinals if Fuentes remains out for any extended amount of time.

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St. Louis Cardinals Vs. Arizona Diamondbacks: Tuesday Night's Starting Lineups

The St. Louis Cardinals look to inch closer to both the National League Central crown and one of the two Wild Card spots on Tuesday night, as they return home to open up a three-game series against the Arizona Diamondbacks, who are are also fighting for a playoff spot.

Both Mike Matheny and Kirk Gibson have announced Tuesday night's starting lineups, and they are as follows:

Arizona Diamondbacks

SS Stephen Drew
2B Aaron Hill
LF Jason Kubel
1B Paul Goldschmidt
RF Justin Upton
C Miguel Montero
3B Ryan Wheeler
CF Gerardo Parra
SP Ian Kennedy

St. Louis Cardinals

CF Jon Jay
1B Allen Craig
LF Matt Holliday
RF Carlos Beltran
3B David Freese
C Yadier Molina
2B Skip Schumaker
SS Rafael Furcal
SP Joe Kelly

This start could be one of Kelly's last as Jaime Garcia is set to come off the disabled list in the near future.

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Brian Fuentes Placed On Restricted List; Trevor Rosenthal Recalled

In a series of roster moves on Tuesday, the St. Louis Cardinals placed veteran reliever Brian Fuentes on the restricted list to let him tend to some personal matters and recalled Trevor Rosenthal from Triple-A Memphis to take his spot before their game with the Arizona Diamondbacks.

St. Louis signed the 37-year old Fuentes to a minor-league contract earlier in the month, and the 6'4 230 left-hander has allowed 6 runs in 5 innings with the Cardinals. He began the season in Oakland, where he had a 6.84 ERA in 25 innings of work before the A's let him go.

This will be Rosenthal's second stint with the majors, as the 22-year old righty made his MLB debut with St. Louis earlier in the season, allowing 2 runs in 4 innings of work. He's pitched 104 innings in both Double-A Springfield and Memphis in 2012, with a combined ERA of 3.12.

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Cardinals Vs. Diamondbacks: Game Time, TV Schedule And More

The St. Louis Cardinals begin a three-game series with the Arizona Diamonbacks on Tuesday, with rookie Joe Kelly fighting to keep his spot in the rotation.

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