Game Report: Cardinals 8, Diamondbacks 2

Carlos Martinez pitched eight shutout innings and the Cardinals hit two more home runs, from Brandon Moss and Stephen Piscotty, to rout the Diamondbacks and former Cardinal Shelby Miller Tuesday night in Phoenix.

A night after the Diamondbacks blitzed the Cardinals for 12 runs on 18 hits, Martinez allowed just three hits over eight innings to raise his record to 4-0, joining the Cubs’ Jake Arrieta as the first four-game winners this season in the National League.

Here is how the game broke down:

At the plate:
Moss’ three-run homer highlighted a five-run fifth inning off Miller. It was his fifth of the season, tying for the team lead, and was one of four hits in the game for Moss, who raised his average from .170 to .231. The four hits tied Moss’ career high and it was his first four-hit game as a Cardinal … Piscotty’s two-run homer in the seventh was measured at 444 feet by ESPN’s home run tracker, the longest by a Cardinal this season … Aledmys Diaz was just 1-for-4, dropping his average to .466 … With Matt Holliday out of the lineup because of a leg cramp, Jeremy Hazelbaker moved into the leadoff spot and reached base three times on two singles and a walk.

On the mound:
After hitting a batter and walking a batter in the first inning, Martinez allowed just three baserunners over the next seven innings, a single by David Peralta in the fourth, a single by Jean Segura in the sixth and a double by Yasmany Tomas in the seventh … He struck out four but was pulled after the eighth after making 105 pitches, not getting the chance to complete his first career shutout … Tyler Lyons pitched the ninth and gave up the homers to Jake Lamb and Tomas.

Key stat: The two homers increased the Cardinals’ season total to 32 and put them in the lead for the most homers in the majors before the Diamondbacks again tied them with two in the ninth inning. This is the first time the Cardinals have hit 30 or more homers in a month since they hit 32 in June 2013 and is the most homers they have hit in April since hitting 40 in 2004.

Of note: Matt Carpenter hit third in the batting order for the first time in his career, a span of 550 starts … Since striking out twice in his first five at-bats, Diaz has struck out only once in his last 53 at-bats ... The Cardinals now lead the NL in runs scored this season with 126. three more than the Cubs … They have scored a total of 39 runs in the four starts by Martinez … Nine of their homers have come with two runners on base.

Looking ahead: Adam Wainwright, still looking for his first win, will make his fifth start of the season in Wednesday night’s game against Patrick Corbin. The last time Wainwright went a calendar month without a win was in April 2012, when he was 0-3 in four starts.