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Five homers allowed most by an Arizona pitcher

4/10/2004

PHOENIX (AP) -- A pair of former Diamondbacks helped give Casey
Daigle a rude welcome to the majors.

Reggie Sanders homered twice, Tony Womack went 4-for-5 with two
doubles and an RBI and the St. Louis Cardinals beat Arizona 13-6 on
Friday night.

The Cardinals pounded Daigle for five home runs -- two by Sanders
-- in 2 2-3 innings. It was the most homers allowed by a
Diamondbacks' pitcher in the franchise's seven-year history.

"It was unfortunate because he went up against a tough
lineup," Sanders said. "He left the ball in the middle of the
plate a lot."

Scott Rolen was 3-for-5 with four RBI, including a two-run home
run and a two-run single. Albert Pujols and Ray Lankford also
homered for the Cardinals.

Chris Carpenter (1-0) got his first victory since July 24, 2002,
allowing five runs on seven hits in six innings.

"Chris came out and made a lot of good pitches, a lot of good
pitches after that first inning," St. Louis manager Tony La Russa
said.

Carpenter did not appear in a major league game last season
while coming back from shoulder surgery.

"It was an exciting day for me personally, because I worked so
hard to get back to this point," he said. "It was just great that
I was able to do it in this situation and give ourselves a chance
to win."

Sanders and Womack both still make their homes in the Phoenix
area, and their wives and children were on hand to watch them play.

"This place is always special to me," Womack said. "We did a
lot here. I accomplished a lot here and I had fun here. I try to
keep that same mentality when I come back here on the opposing
team. I'm not doing it for revenge or anything like that. I enjoy
playing here."

Daigle (0-1), a 23-year-old right-hander who pitched for
Double-A El Paso last season, allowed eight runs and 10 hits before
he was lifted after Sanders' second homer careened off the Nissan
sign 445 feet from home plate with two outs in the third.

"It wasn't very pretty," Arizona manager Bob Brenly said. "He
just made a lot of mistakes in the middle of the plate, which is
something we did not see him do this spring. You'd like to just
chalk it up to first-game jitters and I'm sure we'll see a
different outing next time."

Daigle was just glad to get the first one out of the way.

"My arm felt good. That was the most important thing," he
said. "I'm just ready to get back out there in four days and do a
little something different."

Pujols hit a solo shot in the first inning. Sanders added a
two-run homer and Womack an RBI single in the second, then
Lankford, Rolen and Sanders homered in the Cardinals' four-run
third.

Rolen's two-run single off reliever Andrew Good put St. Louis up
10-3 in the fourth.

Arizona's Steve Finley, 1-for-13 going into the game, was
2-for-3 with a home run and a sacrifice fly. He also scored twice.
Alex Cintron was 2-for-4 with three RBI and a solo homer.

With two outs in the seventh and the Diamondbacks trailing 10-6,
Greg Colbrunn tried to score from first on Luis Gonzalez's double
to right and was called out on a close play by plate umpire Chris
Guccione on Womack's relay throw.

The Diamondbacks briefly took a 3-1 lead in the first on singles
by Finley and Roberto Alomar, an RBI double by Gonzalez and
Cintron's two-run single.

Game notes
Womack's four hits tied a career best. ... Hall of Famer
Robin Yount will be acting manager for the Diamondbacks Saturday
night while Brenly serves a one-game suspension for inappropriate
conduct toward an umpire in a spring training game. ... Daigle is
engaged to star softball pitcher Jennie Finch. ... Sanders is
playing for his seventh team since 1998. It was his 23rd multihomer
game. ... Arizona's Richie Sexson was 0-for-4 to drop to 2-for-16
for the season. Both hits were homers.