PHOENIX (AP) – Three weeks in the minor leagues improved Randal Grichuk’s swing.
Grichuk hit a go-ahead, three-run homer in the seventh inning and drove in five runs, leading the St. Louis Cardinals over the Arizona Diamondbacks 10-4 Thursday.
In his fourth big league season, Grichuk was sent down May 29 and recalled from Triple-A Memphis on Sunday after 15 games in the minors.
“I definitely took it as a wake-up call,” he explained. “I said, let’s go and make sure it doesn’t happen again.”
He homered in each of his first two games back, using a shorter swing, but was 0 for 9 entering Thursday.
Arizona led 3-2 with two outs in the seventh when pinch-hitter Luke Voit doubled off Ruby De La Rosa (0-1) and Matt Carpenter was intentionally walked.
You have an established major-league hitter has a tremendous track record,” Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said.
Grichuk sent a 1-2 slider into the left-field seats.
“It definitely shows there’s not respect,” Grichuk said of Arizona’s strategy.
De La Rosa said he tried to throw a breaking ball in the dirt.
“I put too much effort,” he said.
Tommy Pham hit a two-run single off Randall Delgado in the eighth. Grichuk followed with a two-run double, raising his average to .233 with seven homers and 28 RBIs. He scored on Stephen Piscotty’s single.
Lance Lynn (6-5) allowed three runs and four hits in six innings, struck out seven and walked one.
Diamondbacks starter Patrick Corbin gave up two runs and five hits in six innings.
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