Cardinals beat Diamondbacks for seventh straight time

Arizona Diamondbacks catcher Miguel Montero, left, reaches to tag St. Louis Cardinals' Matt Holliday after he struck out in the seventh inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2012, in St. Louis.

Arizona Diamondbacks catcher Miguel Montero, left, reaches to tag St. Louis Cardinals' Matt Holliday after he struck out in the seventh inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2012, in St. Louis. Photo by The Associated Press.

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Adam Wainwright allowed two runs in six innings and the St. Louis Cardinals got home runs from David Freese and Allen Craig in a 5-2 victory against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday night.

Rafael Furcal’s two-run triple in the sixth gave the Cards a three-run lead.

St. Louis homered twice for the second straight game and will go for a sweep of the three-game series behind 12-game winner Kyle Lohse tonight.

The Cardinals are 5-0 against the Diamondbacks this year and have won seven straight dating to last year.

Wainwright (11-10) was 0-3 in April before starting to regain his form. He’s 4-0 with a 2.04 ERA in his past five starts.

Arizona’s Paul Goldschmidt hit a homer estimated at 456 feet, longest by an opposing player at seven-year-old Busch Stadium, in the fourth.

Goldschmidt’s first homer in nine games came on a drive that soared over the visitor’s bullpen in left. The distance of the homer is the fourth longest overall at Busch, and is 13 feet shy of Matt Holliday’s stadium-record homer off the Cubs’ Ryan Dempster on July 20.

Joe Saunders (6-9) allowed five runs in six innings, the first time the lefty gave up more than three runs in 11 road starts. He entered with a 2.49 road ERA, fourth-best in the league.

The Diamondbacks (58-59) have lost eight of 11 and dropped below .500 for the first time since they were 49-50 on July 26.

Freese ended a 0-for-20 slump with his 16th homer after Carlos Beltran doubled with two outs in the fourth to put the Cardinals up 2-1.

Craig hit his 18th to right-center in the fifth and the Cardinals got three straight hits from the bottom of the order capped by Furcal’s liner into the right-field corner in the sixth.

Furcal was moved to the bottom of the lineup last week while battling back issues and a slump. He also doubled in the third for his first mulitihit game since July 24.

Edward Mujica and Mitchell Boggs each worked a scoreless inning. Jason Motte finished for his 27th save in 31 chances.

Notes: Cardinals C Yadier Molina was out with mid-back tightness and thought prior to the game that he might miss a few games. ... Saunders is 3-8 with a 5.38 ERA in 17 career starts against the NL Central, including 2-3 this year. ... Arizona is 3-44 when scoring three or fewer runs. ... Lohse (12-2, 2.72) has won six straight decisions over nine starts. Trevor Cahill (9-10) seeks his 50th career victory for Arizona. ... Miguel Montero singled his first two trips and is batting .369 (24-for-65) his past 19 games against the Cardinals.

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