St. Louis starting pitcher Joe Kelly stifled the Diamondbacks Tuesday night, leading the Cardinals to a 8-2 victory in the opener of a three game series. Kelly picked up his third victory of the season as the right-hander went 6 1/3 innings, only allowing two runs and striking out six.
Ian Kennedy matched Kelly pitch-for-pitch in the early innings, as the game remained scoreless until the bottom of the fourth inning. Allen Craig led off the inning with a single and Matt Holliday followed by depositing two-run home run into the left-field seats.
After the Diamondbacks cut the St. Louis lead to one run, the Cardinals picked up two runs in the bottom of the seventh aided by two Diamondback errors.
St. Louis broke the game open in the bottom of the eight with three more runs off a two-run double from pitch-hitter Matt Carpenter and an RBI single from John Jay.
The Diamondbacks will look to even the series tomorrow when they send Joe Saunders to the mound against Adam Wainwright from St. Louis.
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