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Diamondbacks fall short in 8th inning, lose 5-3 to Cardinals to finish 0-7 in season series

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PHOENIX — Just when the Arizona Diamondbacks had played themselves back into some degree of contention in the NL West, the St. Louis Cardinals arrived in town and grounded that momentum to a halt.

Brandon Moss and Tony Cruz homered and Seth Maness pitched the Cardinals out of a no-out, bases-loaded jam in the eighth inning of a 5-3 win for St. Louis on Thursday night. The Cardinals left the desert with a four-game series sweep.

Maness retired the side in order after being called upon to bail out fellow reliever Steve Cishek in the bottom of the eighth inning of a two-run game. Cishek walked the bases loaded without getting an out and was replaced by Maness, who struck out David Peralta and Welington Castillo and got Jake Lamb to roll out to first to end what could have been a big inning for Arizona.

"We got the bases loaded with patience," Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale said. "We made Cishek throw strikes and were able to get those walks and get them on. Then as soon as we had nobody out and bases loaded they bring in Maness and he did a nice job. He kept the ball down n the zone, but I don't think many of those pitches that we swung at were strikes. We have to remember how we got there to finish the job."

Hale felt his players were trying to do too much.

"Another situation where the anxiety just gets to you," he said. "Guys see it right in front of them, they have a chance to be a hero and want it to bad. That is something with experience we should get better at."

Cishek said he felt fine, but the ball was taking off out of his hand. He then got to sit and watch Maness work.

"It was amazing. It was a huge relief. That's what we do, pick each other up." Cishek said. "He was incredible."

Moss hit his first home run as a St. Louis Cardinal after being acquired in a trade with Cleveland almost a month ago and Cruz hit his first home run of the season. It was the Cardinals' fifth straight win overall and they finished 7-0 against the Diamondbacks this season.

Carlos Martinez (13-6) earned the win with six innings of four-hit ball, allowing three runs and striking out six with two walks. Trevor Rosenthal got the last three outs for his 41st save as the Cardinals improved to 82-45.

Rubby De La Rosa (11-6) gave up all five runs and five hits in five innings. He struck out four and waked four in his first loss since July 12.

De La Rosa threw eight balls on the first nine pitches of the game, and Kolten Wong followed with an RBI double to put the Cardinals ahead 1-0.

PHOTO: Arizona Diamondbacks' Jake Lamb watches a baseball hit by St. Louis Cardinals' Thomas Pham get past him, but teammate Chris Owings was able to field the ball to get Pham out at first base during the fourth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2015, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
Arizona Diamondbacks' Jake Lamb watches a baseball hit by St. Louis Cardinals' Thomas Pham get past him, but teammate Chris Owings was able to field the ball to get Pham out at first base during the fourth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2015, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

"I haven't made that many mistakes so I paid the price," De La Rosa said. "I tried to make an adjustment. I tried to do everything to figure it out."

Cruz's homer and Matt Carpenter's RBI double in the second stretched St. Louis' lead to 3-0.

The Diamondbacks tied it in the bottom of the third on Lamb's RBI single and Ender Inciarte's two-out, two-run single off Wong's glove.

GOLD STAR DEFENSE

The Diamondbacks' Paul Goldschmidt prevented a run from scoring in the first inning when he made a diving stop of a hard one-hopper to first base by Moss. Goldschmidt underhanded to De La Rosa for the final out of the inning.

LONG REVIEW

A replay review in the second inning that came after Hale challenged a safe call at second base on a sacrifice bunt lasted 4 minutes, 47 seconds. The call was upheld. The time of the review was the longest of the season at Chase Field.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Cardinals: Of Jon Jay (wrist injury) is scheduled to begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Memphis on Friday. He's been on the disabled list since July 2.

Diamondbacks: Relief pitcher Daniel Hudson left the game in the top of the ninth inning with a torn fingernail. Hale said he hopes to have Hudson available by Saturday ... Peralta was back in the starting lineup Thursday after a foul ball off his bat bounced up and hit him in the face on Wednesday.

UP NEXT

Cardinals: RHP Michael Wacha (15-4) is scheduled to start for the Cardinals in the series opener at San Francisco.

DIAMONDBACKS: RHP Chase Anderson is coming off 6 2/3 scoreless innings against the Cincinnati Reds on Aug. 23. He's 2-1 in his last four starts and 6-5 overall this season.

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