For the second night in a row it seemed like the game was over before it even began for the Arizona Diamondbacks. After falling by a score of 9-6 on Monday, the D-backs surrendered two early home runs to Carlos Beltran as the St. Louis Cardinals went on to win by a score of 6-1. The loss drops Arizona to 14-17 thus far in 2012, with the team losing six of their last ten games.
Ian Kennedy made the start and pitched well after surrendering six early runs. The ace righty allowed six hits and two walks against a tough Cardinals lineup, striking out six in the process. Brad Ziegler and Mike Zagurski both worked scoreless innings once the game reached garbage time.
Jake Westbrook was phenomenal once again for the Cardinals, working seven shutout innings. He allowed just four hits and two walks, striking out eight in the process.
Beltran hit his first home run of the evening in the first inning, a two-run shot that scored Jon Jay after previously tripling to lead off the game. Beltran then hit a two-out grand slam off Kennedy to give St. Louis a commanding 6-0 lead.
Miguel Montero drove in the lone run of the game for the D-backs with an RBI-double in the ninth inning.
Arizona will look to salvage one game from the series on Wednesday evening. Wade Miley will take the mound for the Diamondbacks and will be opposed by Kyle Lohse. First pitch is set of 6:40 p.m. from Chase Field.
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