PHOENIX (AP) -Mired in a 1-for-17 slump,
heard it from the Chase Field crowd as he walked to the plate in the 10th inning.
The jeers quickly turned to cheers when Byrnes, once a fan favorite, lined a two-out RBI single to give the
a 7-6 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday night.
The hit to left field came on the first delivery from
(0-1) and scored
from third base. Upton had snapped out of an 0-for-15 slide with a single - and he was only one of the slumping hitters on
a team that entered with a .225 batting average, 14th in the NL.
''I know as a team we just haven't been able to get the bats going,'' Upton said. ''But to see guys like Eric and myself,
guys who have been struggling, get some hits, that was big for us.''
After being mobbed by his teammates, the usually talkative Byrnes left without speaking to reporters.
The defeat was especially painful for the Cardinals, who lost starting pitcher
to a ribcage injury. Carpenter, who has not allowed a run in 10 innings, was removed in the fourth inning after straining
his left ribcage swinging the bat.
The Cardinals led 3-0 at the time, and Carpenter had stranded runners at second base in each of the first three innings.
''The most important thing is that
got hurt,'' St. Louis manager
Tony La Russa
said. ''A 3-0 lead with him pitching, no matter what happens in the game, the most important thing is it looks like he's going
to be out for a while. That kind of overwhelms everything else that happened in that game.''
Carpenter, the 2005 NL Cy Young Award winner, allowed four hits in three innings, striking out two.
The 33-year-old right-hander made only four appearances last season after reconstructive elbow surgery. He underwent another
procedure in November to transpose an elbow nerve that was irritating the muscles in the back of his shoulder and around his
Now it appears Carpenter is headed for the disabled list again.
''I'm not happy,'' La Russa said. ''I ain't going to fake it.''
The feeling was different in Arizona's clubhouse. The Diamondbacks had stumbled to a 2-5 start, their worst since 2004, when
they opened 2-6 on their way to a club-record 111 losses.
They appeared headed for another defeat until the eighth, when pinch-hitter
hit a go-ahead, three-run homer. But St. Louis tied it in the ninth on singles by
, who blew his first save in two chances.
''It was a nice win for our confidence,'' Jackson said. ''Hopefully we can carry it into tomorrow. But one game in April is
not going to define us as a team.''
Arizona also got a pinch-hit homer from
in the fifth.
(2-0) pitched the 10th to earn the victory and end a five-game win streak for the Cardinals.
''Hopefully that relieves a bit of the pressure offensively for us,'' Arizona manager
Melvin had run out of position players in the ninth, so he couldn't bat for Byrnes or Upton in the 10th.
''Both those guys, they're in the game, regardless,'' Melvin said. ''And they're just going to have to grind through it. They
know they're in there, and they ended up coming up with the two biggest hits. So hopefully that's good for both of them going
St. Louis took a 3-0 lead in the fourth against
, making his first start after opening the season on the 15-day disabled list with a shoulder injury.
Pujols led off with a double and scored on a double by
. Ankiel walked and one out later
hit a two-run double to deep center to put the Cardinals up 3-0.
Scherzer left after five innings. He gave up three runs and five hits.
The Cardinals made it 4-2 in the sixth on an RBI single by
, who has allowed at least one run in four of his five appearances this year.
Arizona sliced the lead to 4-3 in the seventh on a two-out single by
Notes: With Carpenter's three shutout innings, Cardinals starters have allowed one earned run over the last 24 innings for
a 0.37 ERA. ... Pujols has four homers in St. Louis' first nine games. A year ago, he homered four times in the first seven
games on his way to a club-record 14 homers in April.