PHOENIX -- Whatever Kirk Gibson said to plate umpire Bob
Davidson in the third inning Tuesday night didn't matter nearly as
much as what his action meant to his players.
The Arizona manager was ejected for arguing with Davidson,
presumably about two close swinging strike calls that went against
Miguel Montero. The Diamondbacks seemed to feed off Gibson's fire,
getting three-run homers from Justin Upton and Juan Miranda to
power past the St. Louis Cardinals 13-8.
"It felt great to get some support from him," said Montero,
who had two of Arizona's 14 hits. "It feels even better when he
got thrown out of the game."
"It fired me up .. it gave some good enthusiasm to the team,
and we keep rockin', man," he said.
The Diamondbacks rocked Cardinals starter Chris Carpenter, who
was 4-0 in 10 previous career starts against them. Carpenter (0-2)
gave up at least a run in each of his four innings and exited
having allowed eight runs on eight hits.
"I didn't make a ton of great pitches, but even the ones that I
did they hit," Carpenter said. "I was making good pitches but
they were getting hits. Then you spin one into Upton and he hits it
500 feet. That's the way it works. I made some good pitches, I made
some bad ones."
Upton's home run in the second inning was measured at 478 feet,
believed to be the longest hit in the majors this season. Chris
Young added a two-run homer for Arizona, which scored seven of its
runs with two outs.
Armando Galarraga (2-0) allowed five runs on nine hits in five
innings to earn the win. He labored the most in the fifth, allowing
two runs before escaping a bases-loaded jam.
"It was not a good day for pitching," Galarraga said. "I'm
not really happy with my outing but I got the win."
Lance Berkman, David Freese and Colby Rasmus had solo home runs
for the Cardinals, who cut the lead to 9-8 on RBI singles by
Berkman and Freese off reliever Kam Mickolio in the sixth. The
Diamondbacks responded with four runs in the bottom half, including
Miranda's pinch-hit homer.
Cardinals star Albert Pujols went 3 for 5 to raise his batting
average to .200.
Gibson was ejected for the first time in his managerial career.
As the crowd roared, he went face-to-face with Davidson on the
field and from the dugout after being tossed from the game.
"We disagreed, obviously. I'm not going to get into what was
said or why. I think it's fairly obvious," Gibson said. "I just
did what I had to do."
Tallet suffered what the club called a significant injury to his right (non-throwing) wrist. He was hurt getting the final out of
the fifth, diving to first base and colliding with the
Diamondbacks' Stephen Drew. Tallet is being sent back to St. Louis
for more tests.
Augenstein fell to the ground after delivering a pitch in the
seventh inning and had to be helped off the field with a right
The Cardinals started the game with the same batting
order (one through eight) on consecutive days for the first time
this season. ... Gibson said INF Geoff Blum, who is on the 15-day
DL with a right knee injury, has been running and could play in
extended spring training games soon. ... The wife of OF Gerardo
Parra gave birth to the couple's first child, son Gerardo, Monday
night. Parra was back in the Arizona lineup Tuesday. ... Wide
receiver Larry Fitzgerald of the NFL's Arizona Cardinals took
batting practice before Tuesday's game and struggled to make solid
contact with the ball. After saying he wouldn't try baseball if the
NFL lockout continues to drag out, he said that resolving the labor
issue is "up to the shirts and ties now to get it done," and that
he would love to be back on the football field.