ST. LOUIS (AP) -The recipe to reach the posteason, Arizona manager
said, is simple: ''We just have to win. We need to win out and hopefully get a lot of help.''
pitched out of two bases-loaded jams and the St. Louis Cardinals beat Arizona 4-2 on Wednesday night to dampen the Diamondbacks'
The Diamondbacks, who stranded 11 runners, fell four games behind first-place Los Angeles in the NL West. The Dodgers, who
beat San Diego 12-4 on Wednesday, clinched at least a tie for the division title.
''Until there is an asterisk by your name, you've got to play each game and win each game,'' Melvin said.
struck out once to tie the major league record for strikeouts in a season with 199. Philadelphia's
set the mark last season.
''I ain't got it yet,'' Reynolds said about the record. ''Talk to me when I get it.''
Wainwright (11-3) pitched into the seventh inning, allowing seven hits and five walks. Wainwright, 7-1 at home this year,
has won his last six decisions and hasn't lost since June 2. He was sidelined from June 8 to Aug. 22 by a middle finger sprain.
''I missed so much time in the middle of the season, this is sort of like my middle of the season,'' Wainwright said. ''I
was fighting my body all night long but I was able to make some pitches when I needed to.''
pitched the ninth for his 17th save in 24 chances.
(0-4) pitched for the first time in his hometown and didn't help himself with a two-run throwing error in the second inning.
A first-round draft pick in 2006, Scherzer lasted five innings, allowing seven hits and four runs, two earned.
''This hurts,'' Scherzer said. ''We really needed a win tonight.''
St. Louis manager
Tony La Russa
loaded up with left-handers, leaving
out of the starting lineup.
''You can play that kind of lineup if you have a guaranteed contract for next year,'' La Russa quipped. ''The three guys we
rested were on fumes.''
In the second,
walked. Wainwright put down a bunt but Scherzer threw away from second baseman
at first, allowing both runners to score for a 2-0 lead.
''I slowed down a little bit and it kind of sailed out of my hand enough for Eckstein not to be able to make a great play
on it,'' Scherzer said. ''You've got to make sure you put a good throw on one like that.''
Arizona got even in the third. Scherzer led off with a walk and went to third on
's double. An RBI single by
and a double play groundout by
tied it at 2.
The Cardinals went ahead 3-2 in the fourth on a sacrifice fly by
. In the fifth,
's single scored
for a 4-2 lead.
said after the game he saw a specialist earlier Wednesday and along with St. Louis team physician George Paletta. ''They both
seemed to agree on what's going on,'' Carpenter said. ''There's a difference of opinion on treatment and how to take care
of the issue.'' Carpenter has a compressed nerve in his shoulder, and more opinions will be sought before action is taken.
... Cardinals reliever
, who's been hampered by chronic discomfort in his shoulder, is scheduled for arthroscopic surgery Thursday. Flores, 1-0 with
a 5.26 ERA in 43 games, underwent an MRI exam on Monday that detected a cyst and fraying in the labrum. The left-hander was
on the 15-day disabled list earlier this season with left ankle tendinitis. ... The win ensured the Cardinals their ninth
winning season in their last 11 dating to 1998.