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Arizona Diamondbacks 4, St. Louis Cardinals 1

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Things got a little... toasty in the series finale

Arizona Diamondbacks v St Louis Cardinals Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images

The excitement occurred in the second inning after A.J. Pollock became the second D-back rung up on a questionable call by home-plate umpire Tim Timmons. Pollock argued, Torey Lovullo came out to defend his player and appeared to say something about Cardinals’ catcher Yadier Molina. Whatever it was triggered Molina, who went for Lovullo, and had to be restrained by Timmons. Both benches and bullpens cleared, and when the dust had settled, Lovullo was ejected, but Molina, despite making contact with the umpire and attempting to do so with Lovullo was allowed to stay in. Of course, he then scored the first run of the game, giving St. Louis a 1-0 lead in the fifth. But that was the only run off Taijuan Walker, who pitched six innings, giving up three hits and two walks, with three K’s.

The D-backs struggled against Cardinals’ starter Luke Weaver, who kept them off the board through six innings. But they faired better against the Cardinals bullpen. Nick Ahmed tied the game up with a bloop just over the infield, and David Peralta then gave them the lead with a two-run shot. Pollock then proved that #BallDontLie, with a long ball of his own, to give the D-backs a 4-1 lead. Yoshihisa Hirano, Archie Bradley and Brad Boxberger followed Walker to the mound, and Arizona won their third series in a row to start the year, moving to 7-2 on the season.