Cards build their first win streak

Tuesday, April 12, 2011
St. Louis Cardinals' Lance Berkman blows a bubble as he trots around the bases after hitting a solo home run off Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Sam Dewel in the seventh inning of an MLB baseball game Monday, April 11, 2011, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Paul Connors)

PHOENIX -- Kyle McClellan picked up his first major-league win as a starter and knocked in two runs with a pair of hits to help lead the St. Louis Cardinals to an 8-2 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday night.

Lance Berkman hit two home runs and Jon Jay added a pinch-hit homer for St. Louis.

The Cardinals sent nine batters to the plate in the top of the fourth inning, scoring three runs with two outs. Skip Schumaker's double down the right-field line drove in Matt Holliday, then McClellan picked up his second career RBI with a single after a wild pitch advanced Schumaker and Yadier Molina to second and third.

Ryan Theriot's single to right drove in Molina, and that was enough for McClellan (1-0), who made it through six innings allowing a run on seven hits with four walks and four strikeouts.

McClellan drove in the game's first run with a double over the head of center fielder Chris Young in the third inning. The Diamondbacks were playing the pitcher shallow after he'd squared to bunt earlier in his first at-bat.

The Diamondbacks came back in their half of the fourth with a run off McClellan. Young doubled and came home two batters later on a single by Melvin Mora. Arizona had runners on first and second with one out in the fourth before starter Barry Enright (0-1) grounded into an inning-ending double play.

Enright lasted six innings and was charged with four runs on nine hits. Sam Demel came on in relief and gave up Berkman's solo home run in the seventh.

The Cardinals scored three more runs in the ninth off reliever Juan Gutierrez, on Berkman's two-run shot and Jay's solo drive over the right-field fence.

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