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Berkman, Cardinals slam Diamondbacks

Apr 14, 2011 - 6:41 AM Phoenix, AZ (Sports Network) - Lance Berkman hit a grand slam and drove in five overall, helping the St. Louis Cardinals rout the Arizona Diamondbacks, 15-5, in the rubber match of a three-game set.

Skip Schumaker blasted a three-run shot for the Cardinals, who scored 31 runs in the series. Colby Rasmus and Gerald Laird both finished with three hits, including two doubles, in Wednesday's 17-hit outburst, which made life relatively easy for Cardinals starter Jake Westbrook (1-1).

Westbrook gave up five runs -- two earned -- in 5 1/3 innings, during which he threw 102 pitches. He allowed nine hits, walked two and struck out three.

While not dominating, the outing was enough to keep St. Louis in the game, especially given the way the Cardinals got to Arizona starter Ian Kennedy (1-1). In only three innings, the right-hander gave up nine runs on seven hits and two walks.

Kennedy was coming off an excellent start against Cincinnati last Friday, when he struck out nine and gave up just one run in eight innings.

Russell Branyan hit a two-run homer for the Diamondbacks, who had broken out for 13 runs in Tuesday's contest.

But on Wednesday it was the Cardinals' turn to put up a big run total. They started in the first inning, when Rasmus reached with a simple one-out bunt single.

Albert Pujols followed with a ground-rule double before Matt Holliday walked to load the bases, and Kennedy's wild pitch plated Rasmus to put St. Louis on the board. Berkman then stepped up with the bases full, but could only manage to plate one on a groundout.

The Cardinals rallied again in the second, and Rasmus' two-run double made it a 4-0 game. Pujols followed with a walk and Kennedy hit Holliday to fill the bases, setting the stage again for Berkman, who took advantage with a slam to left.

Westbrook's RBI double in the third rounded out St. Louis' dominance of Kennedy.

"I was off with pretty much everything," Kennedy said. "My command. My curveball was getting over, nothing else we getting over. Really just battling myself. Pretty bad."

Schumaker's blast off Aaron Heilman in the fourth gave the Cardinals a 12-run lead before Arizona even got on the scoreboard. The Diamondbacks did so in the bottom half, when Branyan followed Justin Upton's leadoff walk with his first homer of the season.

But Arizona was too far behind and couldn't keep St. Louis from scoring.

Pujols tacked on a two-run single in the fifth, and scored later in the inning on David Freese's single.

"Hitters were relentless," said Cardinals manager Tony La Russa. "Kennedy's a solid pitcher. Just came out and had some great at-bats, and every inning stayed hungry."

Arizona pushed three runs across in the bottom half to account for the final score.

Game Notes

Berkman's grand slam was the sixth of his career...St. Louis went 6-for-15 with runners in scoring position...Arizona has allowed 45 runs in its last five games.

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    Cardinals 15, Diamondbacks 5  FinalApr 14 3:54 PM

  • ST. LOUIS: 15
    ARIZONA: 5

    Apr 14 12:44 AM

  • Melvin Mora's infield single off the pitcher to second scored Chris Young. Runners on first and third with two outs and Gerardo Parra due up.

    Cardinals 15, Diamondbacks 5  Bot 5, 2 OutsApr 13 11:36 PM

  • Miguel Montero doubled to left scoring Russell Branyan. Runners on second and third with two outs and Melvin Mora due up.

    Cardinals 15, Diamondbacks 4  Bot 5, 2 OutsApr 13 11:34 PM

  • Chris Young singled to left scoring Justin Upton. Runners on first and second with two outs and Miguel Montero due up.

    Cardinals 15, Diamondbacks 3  Bot 5, 2 OutsApr 13 11:33 PM

  • David Freese singled to right scoring Albert Pujols. Runner on first with two outs and Skip Schumaker due up.

    Cardinals 15, Diamondbacks 2  Top 5, 2 OutsApr 13 11:21 PM

  • Albert Pujols singled to center scoring Ryan Theriot and Colby Rasmus. Runner on first with none out and Matt Holliday due up.

    Cardinals 14, Diamondbacks 2  Top 5, 0 OutsApr 13 11:14 PM

  • Russell Branyan none-out, two-run Home Run (1) to left scored Justin Upton. Chris Young is due up.

    Cardinals 12, Diamondbacks 2  Bot 4, 0 OutsApr 13 11:02 PM

  • Skip Schumaker two-out, three-run Home Run (1) to right-center scored Lance Berkman and David Freese. Gerald Laird is due up.

    Cardinals 12, Diamondbacks 0  Top 4, 2 OutsApr 13 10:53 PM

  • Jake Westbrook doubled to left scoring Gerald Laird. Runner on second with one out and Ryan Theriot due up.

    Cardinals 9, Diamondbacks 0  Top 3, 1 OutApr 13 10:31 PM

  • Lance Berkman two-out, Grand Slam (4) to left scored Colby Rasmus, Albert Pujols and Matt Holliday. David Freese is due up.

    Cardinals 8, Diamondbacks 0  Top 2, 2 OutsApr 13 10:18 PM

  • Colby Rasmus doubled to right scoring Gerald Laird and Ryan Theriot. Runner on second with two outs and Albert Pujols due up.

    Cardinals 4, Diamondbacks 0  Top 2, 2 OutsApr 13 10:07 PM

  • Lance Berkman's groundout from second to first scored Albert Pujols. Runner on third with two outs and David Freese due up.

    Cardinals 2, Diamondbacks 0  Top 1, 2 OutsApr 13 9:48 PM

  • Ian Kennedy's wild pitch scored Colby Rasmus. Runners on second third with one out as Albert Pujols and Matt Holliday advanced and Lance Berkman at the plate.

    Cardinals 1, Diamondbacks 0  Top 1, 1 OutApr 13 9:48 PM

  • ST. LOUIS: 0
    ARIZONA: 0
    Top 1, 1 Out

    Apr 13 9:42 PM