Game Report: Diamondbacks 7, Cardinals 1

Three batters into their half of the first inning Saturday night, the Cardinals had three hits and a 1-0 lead. What they didn’t know then was that that would be almost the complete sum of their highlights for the nights.

The Diamondbacks got back-to-back homers from Paul Goldschmidt and J.D. Martinez and added four runs in the eighth to defeat the Cardinals at Busch Stadium.

It was the third time the Cardinals had a chance to get back to .500, where they have not been since June 2, and lost.

Here is how the game broke down:

At the plate: Matt Carpenter led off the first with a ground-rule double, went to third on a single by Tommy Pham and scored on a single by Paul DeJong. The inning died there, however, as Jedd Gyorko flied out and Yadier Molina and Kolten Wong struck out … The Cardinals had only two more hits the rest of the game, doubles by Carpenter and Randal Grichuk, and their only other baserunner came on a walk to Harrison Bader.

On the mound: The Cardinals used seven pitchers in the game, with Mike Leake giving up the two homers in the fourth and falling to 7-9 on the season … The eighth-inning runs were all charged to Kevin Siegrist, who gave up three hits and walked three while recording only one out. One of the runs scored after Tyler Lyons inherited a bases-loaded jam.

Key stat:
After getting shut out in the first game of the series, the Cardinals have scored only one run in each of the next two games, a total of two runs in the 27 innings in the series.

Worth noting: The crowd of 48,052 was the largest in the 12-year history of Busch III … Stephen Piscotty is scheduled to play one more game in Peoria on Sunday before rejoining the Cardinals on Tuesday in Milwaukee. He had an RBI single in four at-bats and struck out twice on Saturday night ... First baseman Chris Chinea drove in seven runs for Class A Palm Beach on Saturday night with a grand slam and a two-run single, collecting his other RBI on a groundout … Pitching prospect Dakota Hudson is scheduled to make his Triple A debut on Sunday, starting for Memphis at Reno.

Looking ahead: The Cardinals will complete the four-game series against the Diamondbacks and the homestand on Sunday. Lance Lynn, the subject of trade rumors, is scheduled to start against Taijuan Walker. The trading deadline is at 3 p.m. St. Louis time on Monday.

Post-Game Audio- Mike Matheny