Jason Heyward atoned for a critical error with a game-tying homer leading off the ninth inning and the St. Louis Cardinals scored the winning run on catcher Jordan Pachecho’s throwing error, completing a three-game sweep with a 4-3 victory on Wednesday night.
Mark Trumbo homered for Arizona, which has lost nine of its last 10 against the Cardinals. The Diamondbacks have re-tooled with former Cardinals Tony La Russa as chief baseball officer, pitching consultant Dave Duncan and first base coach Dave McKay.
Pacheco replaced Tuffy Gosewisch, who jammed his left knee on a groundout in the sixth. Third baseman Yasmany Tomas threw home for a force out on Jhonny Peralta’s grounder against Brad Ziegler (0-1) and Pachecho tried for a double play but threw well above first baseman Paul Goldschmidt’s head.
Nick Ahmed put the Diamondbacks ahead in the sixth scoring from first when Heyward booted the ball on pinch hitter David Peralta’s RBI single to right. Heyward popped out to short with the bases loaded and one out in the fourth.
Kolten Wong hit his first career leadoff homer for St. Louis, which has won four straight. Mark Reynolds, the new first baseman replacing injured Matt Adams, had an RBI single.
Trumbo connected for the second time in the series for Arizona with a 425-foot drive to center leading off the fourth against Lance Lynn. Tomas extended his hitting streak to 11 games with a single.
Matt Holliday set a Cardinals franchise record by reaching safely in 43 straight games to start the season, passing Albert Pujols’ 2008 standard. It’s the longest run in the majors since Derek Jeter set the big-league record with 53 in a row in 1999.
Seth Maness (1-0) got the last two outs of the ninth for St. Louis.
Diamondbacks: 3B Jake Lamb (left foot stress reaction) played four innings and was 2 for 4 at extended spring training. He’s expected to play DH Thursday and could begin a rehab soon. David Hernandez (elbow surgery) struck out two in a scoreless inning for Double-A Mobile.
Cardinals: OF Jon Jay played the second game of what’s expected to be a brief rehab stint off a left wrist injury. The team expects to activate him off the DL on Friday.
Diamondbacks: On Friday, Rubby De La Rosa makes his first career appearance against the Brewers. Goldschmidt is a career .386 hitter against Milwaukee with five homers and 15 RBIs in 29 at-bats.
Cardinals: After a day off, John Lackey gets the call Friday to start a three-game series against the Dodgers. He’s 5-3 with a 1.93 ERA against the Dodgers and beat them in the NL division series last fall.