Final

Series: Game 1 of 3

Arizona leads 1-0 (as of 4/15)

Game 1: Monday, April 15
St. Louis 5Final
Arizona 14
Game 2: Tuesday, April 16
St. Louis 3Final
Arizona 5
Game 3: Wednesday, April 17
St. Louis 8Final
Arizona 4

Cardinals 5

(8-5, 2-2 away)

Diamondbacks 14

(9-5, 3-1 home)

    9:35 PM ET, April 15, 2002

    Chase Field, Phoenix, Arizona 

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    ARI 16060100 - 14 - -

    W: R. Helling (1-2)

    L: A. Benes (0-2)

    Helling wins first game for Diamondbacks

    PHOENIX (AP) -- Luis Gonzalez had plenty of chances to drive in runs, and he took advantage of them.

    Gonzalez had four RBI, and Damian Miller hit a three-run homer as the Arizona Diamondbacks won their fifth straight with a 14-5 rout of the St. Louis Cardinals on Monday night.

    "It's pretty nice when you've got Tony Womack and Quinton McCracken gettting on base all the time," Gonzalez said. "What they do is create a lot of opportunities. They put pressure on the defense, and that's why you like having those guys up top. They make things happen, and they got on base all night for me."

    Rick Helling (1-2), signed in the offseason to complement Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling in the Diamondbacks' starting rotation, allowed four runs on five hits and five walks in seven innings for his first win with Arizona.

    Helling's wife, Tomasa, was at home on bed rest expecting their second child. Helling said labor was to be induced Tuesday.

    "With everything that's happened and all the pitchers we used in Colorado and (Todd Stottlemyre) being sick, I couldn't afford to miss a start," Helling said.

    The Diamondbacks scored six runs in the second and fourth to win handily in the first meeting between the teams since Arizona's 2-1 victory in Game 5 of the NL division series last October.

    Danny Bautista was 3-for-3 with two RBIs for Arizona. McCracken and Mark Grace each drove in two runs. Womack scored three times.

    J.D. Drew had a solo homer and an RBI triple for the Cardinals. Drew's homer was the fourth off Helling, who led the AL in homers allowed last season with 38.

    Still, Helling became the fourth Arizona starter to win this season. Johnson and Schilling are both 3-0, but Miguel Batista is the only other Diamondbacks starter with a victory.

    "I thought I threw pretty well my first two times out, but if you start off 0-2, you hear all the questions about Curt and Randy," Helling said.

    It was the second straight loss for St. Louis, which had a five-game winning streak snapped by Houston on Sunday. "Believe me, that's a playoff team we played tonight," Grace said. "To come out banging the ball around against them feels good."

    Andy Benes (0-2), who was Arizona's ace in the 1998 expansion year and pitched the first game in Bank One Ballpark, allowed 10 runs -- three earned -- and six hits in three-plus innings. He walked four.

    Benes walked three in the second inning, and that, coupled with errors by Jim Edmonds and Albert Pujols, allowed the Diamondbacks to score six unearned runs.

    Edmonds got his glove on Miller's fly to center field, but the ball dropped through before Edmonds got his hand under it for the throw.

    "They said he didn't have possession when he tried to transfer it," Cardinals manager Tony La Russa said. "It's just one play. It's also a play he usually makes."

    Junior Spivey, the next batter, rapped a grounder along the left-field line. Pujols stepped into foul territory to get it, but missed third base going and coming, allowing Grace to reach third safely. Spivey beat the throw to first.

    Craig Counsell hit a sacrifice fly to make it 2-1 and leave Miller and Spivey on the corners. After a sacrifice by Helling, Benes walked Womack to load the bases, then walked McCracken.

    Gonzalez hit a two-run single, and Bautista and Grace added RBI singles before the inning ended.

    "When you get down to it, it's a 2-1 game with the bases loaded, and I walk a guy and give up an infield hit -- you know, that was the difference in the game," Benes said.

    In the fourth, Gonzalez made it 9-2 with a two-run double, chasing Benes, and scored on a double by Bautista.

    Miller hit a 409-foot shot with Bautista and Grace aboard off Travis Smith, who pitched four innings of five-hit ball, allowing four runs.

    Fernando Vina drove Helling's second pitch down the right-field line in the first inning and wound up on third, scoring on Edgar Renteria's grounder to shortstop.

    Arizona answered in the same fashion _ a leadoff triple by Womack, followed by McCracken's RBI grounder to short.

    Edmonds had a run-scoring single in the fifth, and Tino Martinez added an RBI double in the eighth for St. Louis.

    Game notes


    Gonzalez has 27 games with at least four RBI in his career. ... Miller, once considered a defensive catcher, leads Arizona with four homers. ... The Cardinals have stranded a major league-high 127 runners, eight Monday. ... The Cardinals began a season-long, 13-game road trip.

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