Rasmus powers Cardinals past Diamondbacks

Thursday, April 22, 2010
St. Louis Cardinals' Skip Schumaker, right, gets a high-five from Felipe Lopez after hitting a three-run home run in the ninth inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks in a baseball game Wednesday April 21, 2010, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

St. Louis scored five in the ninth to beat Arizona 9-4

PHOENIX -- Colby Rasmus homered twice, including a tiebreaking shot in the ninth inning Wednesday night that gave the St. Louis Cardinals a testy, 9-4 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks.

The benches emptied in the second inning when Cardinals ace Chris Carpenter, after being hit by a pitch from Edwin Jackson, tried to take out Arizona second baseman Kelly Johnson on a double-play ball. No punches were thrown.

It was 4-4 when Rasmus opened the ninth with a home run off Chad Qualls (0-1), who was booed by the crowd of 19,165. The Cardinals wound up scoring five times in the inning, capped by Skip Schumaker's three-run homer off Bob Howry.

Rasmus hit a two-run homer in the first inning.

Cardinals outfielder Colby Rasmus crosses home plate after hitting a home run during the ninth inning Wednesday in Phoenix. (RICK SCUTERI ~ Associated Press)

Jason Motte (1-1) got the victory. The Cardinals have won all five of their series this season.

Jackson hit Carpenter in the left wrist with one out in the second and both pitchers exchanged words while being restrained. A still-fuming Carpenter then appeared to make a move at Johnson on the bases. Johnson said something to Carpenter and the dugouts cleared.

Carpenter had gone 22 innings without allowing an earned run to Arizona until Tony Abreu's RBI double in the third.

Carpenter ended up with a no-decision after pitching seven-plus innings and leaving with a 4-2 lead in the eighth. The Diamondbacks evened the score on Johnson's RBI double and Trever Miller's wild pitch.

The Cardinals scored three runs in the first inning off Jackson, one on right fielder Justin Upton's throwing error and two on Rasmus' homer.

Jackson's eight innings marked his longest outing of the season. He gave up seven hits and struck out four.

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