Barden lifts Cardinals to 2-1 victory over DBacksPosted: Updated:
PHOENIX (AP) -- Brian Barden broke a tie with his first career home run, Albert Pujols also homered and the St. Louis Cardinals defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks 2-1 on Monday night for their fifth straight win.
With the game tied 1-all in the eighth, the righty-swinging Barden lined a 3-2 pitch from Doug Davis (0-2) over the fence in right field. It was the first homer in 51 big league at-bats for Barden, who briefly played for the Diamondbacks in 2007.
Todd Wellemeyer (1-1) went seven sharp innings, giving up one run on seven hits and striking out four.
Ryan Franklin pitched a scoreless ninth for his first save.