August 16, 2012; St. Louis, MO. USA; Arizona Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt (44) hits a solo home run to tie to game in the ninth off of St. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher Jason Motte (not pictured) at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-US PRESSWIRE

Back-To-Back Ninth Inning Homers Propel Diamondbacks Over Cardinals

Arizona pulled off somewhat of a miracle Thursday evening with Paul Goldschmidt and Chris Young uniting for back-to-back ninth inning jacks to give the D-backs the 2-1 victory.

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Goldschmidt, Young Redeem Offensive Face Plant In Stunning 2-1 Comeback Over Cardinals

Two pitches, two home runs; that's all it took the Diamondbacks Thursday in the ninth inning to give this series a feeling of slight redemption with a 2-1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals. Paul Goldschmidt and Chris Young each hit consecutive solo home runs off Jason Motte in the ninth to give Arizona their first lead of this road trip before J.J. Putz came in to close the door in the ninth.

If you watched the entire game though, you would have thought the D-backs' bats evaporated with the rain following the game's brief delay. Kyle Lohse (6.2 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 5 K) absolutely stupefied Arizona's offense, making Trevor Cahill's solid start (6.0 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 4 K) almost entirely irrelevant before the ninth inning heroics kicked in.

In the bottom of the fifth, it seemed the Cardinals would get the only run they'd need when Gerardo Parra's throw would go wide of the plate on an Allen Craig RBI single. From there, Mark Rzepcynski and Mitchell Boggs would continue the shutout before handing the ball over to the usually unflappable Motte.

Motte would strikeout Miguel Montero before Goldschmidt worked the count to until he saw a pitch to his liking, crushing the Motte's miscue to dead center field for a tie game. And before the closer could even recuperate, Young smashed the very next pitch he tossed down the left field line, nearly giving the fans in the upper deck a souvenir in the process.

With the win, the D-backs even up their record (59-59), cutting their NL West deficit back to 5.5 games behind the Dodgers. Wade Miley (12-8, 3.02 ERA) now steps up tomorrow as Arizona looks to carry their momentum to Houston to face Dallas Keuchel (1-4, 5.29 ERA).

And that momentum couldn't come at a better time with the D-backs' next ten games being against teams with sub-.500 records (Astros, Marlins, Padres) after facing teams with winning records (Pirates, Nationals, Cardinals) in their previous ten.


Cardinals Win 5-2, Send Diamondbacks Under .500

The Paul Goldschmidt's 17th home run of the season gave the Arizona Diamondbacks a shot, but Joe Saunders couldn't keep the St. Louis Cardinals from adding to their lead and the Cardinals bullpen shut down Arizona for the game's final three innings in a 5-2 win at Busch Stadium Wednesday night.

The Diamondbacks dropped to 0-5 against St. Louis this season and can only hope to avoid another series sweep Thursday. Arizona also fell under .500 (58-59) for the first time in almost three weeks and has lost eight of the last 11 games.

David Freese hit a two-run home run in the fourth inning, Allen Craig homered in the fifth and Rafael Furcal tripled and drove in two runs. Craig and Furcal drove in three of the Cardinals' runs with two out.

The Diamondbacks took a 1-0 lead in the fourth on Goldschmidt's home run, but Freese's homer in the bottom of the inning gave St. Louis a 2-1 lead.

The Diamondbacks missed a chance for a big inning in the sixth, though a run did score on a double-play groundout.

Saunders (6-9) had been very good on the road of late, but Wednesday wasn't his night. He allowed five runs on seven hits in six innings.

The Diamondbacks, according to this report, fell to 3-44 when scoring three or fewer runs in a game. Miguel Montero had two of the D-backs' five hits in the game.

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