Cardinals fall in 14 innings to Diamondbacks

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By Natalie Rivers By Natalie Rivers

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Cardinals rookie right-hander Michael Wacha learned a hard lesson against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Making his second career start, Wacha gave up six earned runs, and the Cardinals were beaten by Arizona 7-6 in 14 innings on Tuesday night.

After a strong debut, Wacha was roughed up in his return to the mound.

"I made a few mistakes, dumb ones on my part," he said. "I left some pitches up, and they were able to hit them."

Wacha, chosen with the No. 19 pick of the 2012 free-agent draft, gave up one run and two hits in seven innings on May 30 - an eventual 4-2 loss to the Kansas City Royals.

Wacha allowed just one run and three hits through the first three innings Tuesday before Arizona scored three runs in the fourth. He was chased after giving up two more runs in the fifth inning.

Overall, Wacha gave up 10 hits in 4 2-3 innings.

"They put together some good at-bats and really made me work," he said. "Hopefully, I learned from this and it won't happen again."

Paul Goldschmidt ripped a run-scoring single in the 14th inning in the Diamondbacks' seventh win in nine extra-inning games this season. They have won three of four overall.

St. Louis (38-20), which still has the best record in the majors, has lost all four of its extra-inning games this season.

David Freese had a career-high four hits in defeat. He extended his hitting streak to a career-best 14 games.

"It still was a bummer that we lost," Freese said.

Goldschmidt believed he let his teammates down during crunch time toward the end of last season even though he batted .305 with runners on base.

"I'm not sure about the numbers, but I felt like I struggled with runners on," he said.

So he found an interesting way to change the situation. Goldschmidt's winning hit improved his average to .376 with runners on base.

"I pretend there is nobody on base and just stick with my same approach," he said. "It's worked so far. We'll see what happens the rest of the year."

A.J. Pollock hit a three-run homer for Arizona, and Willie Bloomquist had four hits in the 4-hour, 53-minute game. Josh Collmenter (2-0) earned the win with four innings of scoreless relief. Heath Bell recorded his 10th save in 12 opportunities.

Allen Craig and Shane Robinson homered for St. Louis, which fell to 4-3 on its nine-game homestand.

Goldschmidt drove in Gerardo Parra with a one-out, line-drive single up the middle off Victor Marte (0-1), who walked two batters before the winning hit.

"He's just got a great approach up there," Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson said of Goldschmidt.

Arizona is 10-2 in its last 12 road games against NL Central opponents.

Bell gave up a leadoff double to Yadier Molina in the 14th before retiring the next three hitters.

The Diamondbacks are 3-3 on their eight-game trip.

"An outstanding baseball game," Gibson said. "We would have liked to have won it earlier, but we didn't give in. We've had several of these (extra inning) games, more than anybody."

Arizona beat St. Louis 10-9 in 16 innings on April 3.

The Diamondbacks bullpen, led by Collmenter, allowed only one run over the final 8 1-3 innings. Collmenter, who earned the win in the earlier 16-inning game, struck out five and gave up four hits.

"He was the hero of the game," Arizona infielder Martin Prado said.

The Cardinals rallied from 4-1 and 6-3 deficits and tied the game in the seventh on a run-scoring single by Carlos Beltran.

"I was proud of the way the guys battled all night long right to the end," St. Louis manager Mike Matheny said. "The best thing to come out of this is that we battled."

Pollock's three-run homer staked the Diamondbacks to a 4-1 lead in the fourth.

"You want to win these games, especially after a long night," Freese said. "But you have to hand it to those guys over there. They took care of business."

Pollock drilled a 2-0 pitch into the first row of the left-field bleachers off Wacha

St. Louis cut the deficit to 4-3 on Craig's fourth homer of the season.

Arizona answered with two runs in the fifth to stretch its lead to 6-4. Goldschmidt doubled in Didi Gregorius, who began the inning with a hit. Jason Kubel followed with a run-scoring single.

The Cardinals scored single runs in the fifth and sixth to get within 6-5.

St. Louis infielder Matt Carpenter stretched his hitting streak to a career-best 13 games with a leadoff triple in the first.

Arizona left-hander Tyler Skaggs gave up five runs in 5 2-3 innings. It was his second start of the season and eighth of his career.

NOTES: Wacha and Skaggs, two former first-round draft choices, were born 12 days apart in July 1991. ... St. Louis RHP Joe Kelly (0-2, 6,75) will make his first start of the season Wednesday against Wade Miley (3-5, 5.01) in the third game of the four-game series. ... Arizona is the only team in the majors that hasn't been shut out this season. ... St. Louis RHP Jake Westbrook went 3 2-3 innings and allowed one run and six hits in a rehab start on Tuesday for the Cardinals' Double-A team in Springfield, Mo. Westbrook, who threw 45 strikes in 60 pitches, went on the disabled list on May 9 because of right elbow inflammation. "Everything felt good," he said. "I was a little erratic with my pitches, but that's expected the first time out."

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