DeJong homers, Cards break away in 7th to beat D-Backs 7-1


ST. LOUIS — Paul DeJong homered to cap a six-run burst in the seventh inning and the St. Louis Cardinals broke away from the Arizona Diamondbacks 7-1 Monday night.

St. Louis had lost six of seven before beating the team with baseball’s worst record. The Diamondbacks, who have won just once on the road since April 25, have lost 22 of 24 overall.

It was 1-all when Edmundo Sosa opened the St. Louis seventh with a double off reliever Alex Young (2-6) and moved up on a sacrifice. Dylan Carlson hit a line drive just out of the reach of drawn-in second baseman Eduardo Escobar for a go-ahead single.

Paul Goldschmidt added an RBI single, Yadier Molina hit a two-run double with two outs and DeJong followed with a two-run homer.

Giovanny Gallegos (5-1), the fifth of seven Cardinal pitchers, went one inning.

Carlson hit an RBI triple in the third for 1-0 lead. Right fielder Pavin Smith tried to make a diving catch on the ball and it rolled to the wall for Carlson’s third triple this season.

The Diamondbacks tied it when Josh Rojas hit homered in the fifth to chase Wade LeBlanc.

The 36-year-old LeBlanc pitched 4 1/3 innings in making his first National League start since 2013 when he was with Miami. He took the rotation spot of John Gant, who was moved to the bullpen.


LeBlanc hit a batter in the first inning. That increased St. Louis’ MLB-leading total to 57. Entering Monday, the Cubs were a distant second with 45.


Diamondbacks: Recalled RHP Humberto Castellanos from Triple-A Reno. The rookie has made five appearances this season, posting a 3.24 ERA and striking out eight in 8 1/3 innings.

Cardinals: Selected the contract of rookie RHP Roel Ramírez from Triple-A Memphis and recalled rookie LHP Brandon Waddell from Memphis. The team also optioned pitchers Seth Elledge and Jake Woodford to Memphis and designated first baseman John Nogowski for assignment. Waddell made his MLB debut by pitching in the ninth inning. After giving up a leadoff walk, he retired the side.


Diamondbacks: OF/INF Ketel Marte (strained left hamstring) was placed on 10-day injured list retro to June 27. The 27-year-old Marte also was on the injured list from April 8-May 18 with a right hamstring strain.

Cardinals: CF Harrison Bader (right rib hairline fracture) is headed to Memphis for the next step of his rehab assignment. After playing at Low-A Palm Beach, Bader came back to St. Louis and had a re-evaluation Monday. Bader is likely to return sometime this week. … Reliever Kodi Whitley (back spasms) will begin a rehab assignment with Springfield on Tuesday.


Diamondbacks: LHP Caleb Smith (2-3, 3.03) allowed one run in six innings in his last start against Milwaukee. He made a relief appearance against St. Louis on May 26 and allowed no earned runs in 2 1/3 innings.

Cardinals: RHP Carlos Martínez (3-9, 6.78), who has a five-game losing streak, is 3-1 with a 2.76 ERA in seven career starts against the Diamondbacks.

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