PHOENIX (AP) -In black magic marker, a scuffed baseball told the details of the biggest game of
Five hits and a cycle - the first in Chase Field history.
needed every hit in an 8-6 comeback victory over St. Louis on Monday.
''I'm kind of in shock right now,'' said Drew, who carried his keepsake baseball into the postgame interview room. ''I'm just
trying to put good 'ABs' together. It was meant to be.''
Drew wasn't the only Diamondbacks player who had a big day. Newly acquired
singled home the winning run, and
also homered as Arizona overcame a poor start by
The Diamondbacks needed a lift after losing two out of three over the weekend to NL West rival Los Angeles. Arizona entered
Monday with a shaky 2 1/2-game lead over the Dodgers.
''To hit for the cycle, it's fun, but it wouldn't have really meant anything to me if we didn't win,'' Drew said.
Batting leadoff, the 25-year-old shortstop singled in the first, tripled in the third and homered in the fifth against St.
Louis Cardinals starter
. He hit a ground-rule double in the seventh against reliever
(2-7) as the Chase Field crowd rose for a standing ovation.
Drew added another double in the eighth for his fifth hit, matching a career high and a franchise record.
''It seems like he gets a good at-bat every time up,'' Arizona manager
said. ''Five hits, cycle, the whole bit - it's certainly going to be a day that he's going to remember. You don't get too
many like this. It'll be one of the most exciting offensive days of his life.''
Drew is 10-for-17 with a homer, three doubles and a triple in the first four games of a six-game homestand.
''The ball just comes off his bat like lightning,'' Eckstein said.
Drew also became the third Diamondbacks player to hit for the cycle in the franchise's 11-year history.
did it on July 5, 2000, at Houston and
did it on Sept. 18, 2002, at San Diego.
It wasn't such a big deal in the St. Louis clubhouse. Asked to comment on Drew's performance, Cardinals manager
Tony La Russa
replied, ''Let Melvin talk about him.''
La Russa wasn't very happy after watching his team cough up a 5-1 second inning lead on its way to its fourth straight loss.
The Diamondbacks chipped away at Pineiro, who allowed four runs and six hits in five innings.
Arizona tied it at 6-6 in the sixth, when Reynolds hit a two-run shot on the first pitch from McClellan.
''You can't lose a game like this,'' La Russa said. ''But every time we got the ball where we shouldn't, they hit it out of
the park. We made to many mistakes to win a game like this.''
Pineiro said he struggled to put hitters away.
''I had guys 0-2, 1-2,'' he said. ''Sometimes you've got to tip your cap to the hitters, but I've still got to make a better
pitch to finish them off, and I wasn't able to do that.''
The Diamondbacks took the lead for the first time in the seventh on a single by Eckstein, who was acquired from Toronto on
Sunday and started at second base. Another run scored on a wild pitch by
''We just kept pecking away and pecking away,'' Eckstein said. ''No one let up or gave up.''
The Diamondbacks' rally spared Johnson his 10th loss.
One day after ace
lasted only 3 1-3 innings, the Diamondbacks needed a lengthy outing from Johnson. But the Big Unit lasted only 3 2-3 innings,
matching his shortest start of the season.
Johnson, who has 294 career victories, is winless in his last four starts.
Johnson gave up four homers, matching a career high, and they traveled an estimated 1,598 feet, combined.
led off the second with a 404-foot shot to left center. One batter later,
hit a 380-foot homer into the bullpen down the left field line.
In the third,
hit a 416-foot bullet deep into the left field bleachers with a man aboard to give the Cardinals a 4-1 lead. Two batters later,
hit a 398-foot solo homer to left, and St. Louis led 5-1.
(3-8) pitched the seventh to earn the win.
pitched the ninth for his 26th save in 31 chances.
Notes: Upton left the game after being hit in the head with a pickoff attempt by St. Louis pitcher Adam Thompson in the eighth.
Upton stayed on the ground for several minutes before walking off under his own power. ''I was a little dizzy,'' Upton said.
''It was definitely a scary moment.'' He said he expects to play on Tuesday night. ... Arizona RHP
was ejected by home plate umpire Dan Iassogna as Rauch walked off the mound in the middle of the sixth. ... Mather left after
four innings with a sprained left wrist. Mather said he would see a hand specialist on Tuesday, and he wasn't optimistic about
returning this season. ''Hopefully, it's not as bad as it looks,'' Mather said.