PHOENIX (AP) -- Marlon Anderson completed St. Louis' home-run
binge in Arizona, and the Cardinals left town with a three-game
sweep of the Diamondbacks.
Anderson's pinch-hit homer off closer Matt Mantei in the ninth
inning Sunday gave the St. Louis Cardinals a 6-5 victory."The last three games have been absolutely amazing," Anderson
said. "I hope we can keep it up for a long time."After opening the season 1-3 at home against Milwaukee, the
Cardinals scored 29 runs on 41 hits in their sweep of the
Diamondbacks, including 10 home runs and 16 doubles."They were red-hot," Arizona manager Bob Brenly said.
"Everybody in their lineup was seeing the ball big, hitting the
ball hard -- not just getting hits but hitting the ball in the
seats. I don't think I've seen a home run display like that in a
three-game series in a long time."Roberto Alomar triggered a four-run Arizona seventh that tied it
at 5. The 12-time All-Star fouled off four in a 10-pitch at bat,
then singled in a run and made a heady base-running play that
resulted in two more crossing the plate.Mantei (0-1) came on in the ninth and Anderson hit a 1-2 pitch
just over the right-field fence for his fourth career pinch-hit
homer."It was basically stupidity on my part," Mantei said. "I
threw a breaking-ball pitch to a breaking-ball hitter, and left it
up in the zone."Cardinals closer Jason Isringhausen loaded the bases in the
ninth with three walks -- including one intentional to Luis Gonzalez
-- but got Alex Cintron on a grounder to earn his first save.Not even Randy Johnson could cool off the Cardinals' bats.Albert Pujols homered, doubled and drove in three runs off the
Big Unit."I can't imagine there's a hotter team out there right now,"
Johnson said. "You just hope to contain them a little bit."Johnson gave up five runs on eight hits. He struck out seven and
walked four, all in the Cardinals' two-run fourth inning."Once again, I had one bad inning," Johnson said. "I don't
know the last time I walked four batters in an inning. For whatever
reason, I did, and it came back to hurt me a little bit."Was he insinuating that plate umpire Brian Gorman's strike zone
was a little small?"I'm not going to talk about that," Johnson said. "That would
be kind of an excuse. You work within the strike zone, and the
other pitcher has to do it too."Marquis scattered four singles over six innings and left with a
5-1 lead."He deserved to win if we were going to win," St. Louis
manager Tony La Russa said. "That's irritating."Reliever Ray King walked pinch-hitter Carlos Baerga to load the
bases with no outs in the seventh. After Steve Finley's grounder
forced a runner at home, Alomar fought his way to a 3-2 count, then
singled to left to bring in a run.With the bases still loaded, Gonzalez hit a slow roller to
second baseman Tony Womack. Womack fielded it and went to tag
Alomar, intending to toss it to first for an inning-ending double
play.But Alomar stopped in his tracks, then retreated toward first.
Womack had to run him down as one run scored, then had the ball
knocked free in the collision and another run crossed the plate.
Gonzalez wound up at second."He didn't do anything cheap, dirty or illegal," Brenly said.
"He did exactly what he's allowed to do as a base runner. That's
what we teach our guys -- bump into the guy somehow and spin him
away from the play so he can't make that relay throw to first
base."Womack saw it differently."He grabbed my arm," Womack said. "An elbow is one thing, but
you can't grab someone's arm. We won the game. That's what
mattered."Mike Lincoln (2-0) relieved King and gave up an RBI single to
Richie Sexson to tie it at 5-5.
The Cardinals placed OF Roger Cedeno on the 15-day DL
(strained left hamstring) and recalled INF Bo Hart from Triple-A
Memphis. ... The big screen at Bank One Ballpark showed Scottsdale,
Ariz., resident Phil Mickelson's winning birdie putt at the Masters
just as it rolled into the cup after the top of the fourth inning,
and the crowd cheered wildly. ... The first baseman Sexson and
plate umpire Gorman had a head-on collision in the sixth on
Womack's foul ball dribbler down the first base line.