Game Report: Diamondbacks 3, Cardinals 0

Rubby De La Rosa limited the Cardinals to just two hits over seven innings and struck out 10 to carry the Diamondbacks to the shutout of the Cardinals Thursday night in Phoenix.

De La Rosa became only the third Arizona pitcher to have a 10-strikeout game against the Cardinals and the first since Curt Schilling struck out 12 on Sept. 25, 2002. The only other Arizona pitcher with a 10-strikeout game against the Cardinals was Randy Johnson, who did it five times.

It was only the fourth time the Diamondbacks have shut out the Cardinals in the 130 games between the teams since Arizona came into the league in 1998. The last shutout came on Sept. 9, 2006.

Here is how the game broke down:

At the plate: After scoring seven or more runs in five consecutive games, the Cardinals could not solve De La Rosa, who allowed only a one-out single to Yadier Molina in the second and a two-out single to Stephen Piscotty in the third. The only other runners to reach base were Molina on a walk in the fourth and Jedd Gyorko on an error in the seventh before Matt Holliday got the Cardinals’ third hit, a leadoff double in the ninth, but he was left stranded at third base … Molina has reached base by either a hit, walk or hit by pitch in the last 17 games he has played and in all but one of the games he has played this season … Aledmys Diaz was 0-for-3 to drop his average to .446, still tops in the National League.

On the mound:
Wacha had not allowed a home run in his first 23 innings this season but then gave up two in a span of nine batters. Chris Herrman, Arizona’s backup catcher, hit a two-run shot in the second and Brandon Drury hit a solo homer in the fourth. Wacha allowed only three other hits over seven innings, walked two – both in his last inning of work, one intentionally - and struck out nine … Kevin Siegrist gave up a double and walk to the first two hitters he faced in the eighth, but then got out of the jam.

Key stat: The loss dropped the Cardinals’ record to 12-10, but with only two games left in April, they are assured of finishing no worse than .500 for the 20th consecutive month in which they played more than three games. The last month in which the Cardinals had a losing record was in June 2012, when they were 13-14. They have had two months since when they had a .500 record, in April 2014 and June 2013.

Of note: With Randal Grichuk in an 0-for-11 streak, Stephen Piscotty made his first start in center field in the majors on Thursday night. He started five games in center at Triple A last year, but only played one game (five innings) in center for the Cardinals … The Cardinals will announce this year’s class to be inducted into the team’s Hall of Fame before Friday night’s game. Two players will win the fan balloting, the veteran selection came in a committee vote and the fourth inductee was selected by team ownership.

Looking ahead:
After getting home early Friday morning, the Cardinals will have the task of facing Stephen Strasburg just a few hours later in the opener of a three-game series against the Washington Nationals at Busch Stadium. Mike Leake, still seeking his first win with the Cardinals, will oppose Strasburg, who is 3-0 with a 2.17 ERA. St. Louis native Max Scherzer will start Sunday’s game for the Nationals.