Diamondbacks Shoot Down Cardinals With Long Ball Barage, 7-2

Great game from the D-backs offense to give Dan Haren plenty of support. More than he needed, in fact, but then again, with the way the bullpen has been pitching, no lead is too big.

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Haren Deals, Reynolds Rakes As D-backs Down Cardinals, 7-2

Phoenix, AZ (Sports Network) - Mark Reynolds finished a triple shy of the cycle and Dan Haren tossed eight solid innings, as the Arizona Diamondbacks handled the St. Louis Cardinals, 7-2, in the second test of a three-game series at Chase Field.

Reynolds went 3-for-4 with a solo homer and two RBI for the Diamondbacks, who bounced back from a 5-2 defeat in the series opener on Friday. Adam LaRoche hit a pair of solo homers for Arizona, which also got a solo shot from Chris Snyder.

Haren (7-4), who played for St. Louis from 2003-04, gave up two runs on six hits to win his second consecutive start. He also fanned nine batters and walked zero.

"I felt real good, had a good bullpen, the team gave me an early lead so I was really able to attack guys," Haren said. "I got in big trouble that one inning, bases loaded, one out. I was able to get out of that and pretty much cruised, threw a lot of strikes."

Colby Rasmus hit a solo homer for the Cardinals, who have dropped five of six. Ryan Ludwick drove in the other run in defeat.

Adam Ottavino (0-2), making his third major league start, allowed six runs on nine hits over just 3 2/3 innings to take the loss.

"I just left pitches up and they whacked them, its pretty simple," Ottavino said. "It felt like even when I got ahead of the hitters, I couldn't put them away. They got themselves back to good counts, and bad things were happening."

The D'Backs got on the board in the first. Stephen Drew worked a two-out walk, moved to second on a wild pitch, and crossed the plate on Reynolds' double.

Back-to-back solo homers by Reynolds and LaRoche made it a 3-0 game in the third.

Arizona put a three-spot on the board in the fourth to make it a six-run contest. Snyder hit a one-out, solo homer to left. Haren followed with a double and scored on Kelly Johnson's two-bagger. Two batters later, Drew hit a double of his own to plate Johnson.

Haren, who was perfect through four frames, gave up a run in the top of the fifth. Matt Holliday led off with a double down the left-field line and came around to score on Ludwick's base hit. The Cardinals stranded the bases loaded later in the inning.

The Diamondbacks got the run back in the home half on LaRoche's second solo blast of the game.

Rasmus' homer in the sixth proved to be the final run of the tilt.

St. Louis took two of three from the D'Backs earlier in the year after winning the series 4-2 a year ago...The Diamondbacks reinstated catcher Miguel Montero from the 15-day disabled list. To make room for Montero's return, the team optioned catcher John Hester to Triple-A Reno...Johnson extended his hitting streak to nine games...The D'Backs have allowed 33 homers since May 20.

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