Arizona Diamondbacks Fall to St. Louis Cardinals Again

The Arizona Diamondbacks' Ian Kennedy pitched five very good innings on Tuesday night at Chase Field against the St. Louis Cardinals. Unfortunately, those five shut-out frames came after the ace couldn't get anybody out in the first two innings, in which he gave up a pair of homers (including a grand slam) to Cards outfielder Carlos Beltran.

Turns out the six runs batted in by Beltran would be all the Cards needed as St. Louis starter Jake Westbrook blanked the D-Backs for seven innings in the Cards' 6-1 win. It was the fourth-straight loss for Arizona.

Kennedy, who dominated opponents in 2011 and had been off to a strong start this season, gave up five hits, a walk and a hit batsman, in the first two innings of Tuesday night's game. After that, he retired 15 of 16 Cardinal batters. His earned-run average on the year now stands at 3.91.

Even after Kennedy settled down, the D-Back hitters could get nothing going against Westbrook, who gave up only four hits and two walks and struck out eight en route to improving his record to 4-2 and lowering his ERA to a minuscule 1.76.

The D-Backs finally drew blood in the bottom of the ninth inning on a Miguel Montero double that scored Justin Upton.

The D-Backs (14-17) will attempt to salvage the series today at 6:40 when Kyle Lohse (4-1) and Wade Miley (3-0) face off. TV: Fox Sports Arizona. Radio: KTAR 620 AM. More info:

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