ST. LOUIS (AP) — Madison Bumgarner pitched five strong innings, Daulton Varsho had two hits and the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the St. Louis Cardinals 6-2 on Friday night.
Bumgarner (1-1) outdueled Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright in a game featuring two starters who have combined for 314 career wins.
“For whatever reason, I feel like those guys usually matchup good against me,” Bumgarner said. “So, I had to go out there and really make pitches and feel like we did that.”
Bumgarner threw a season-high 89 pitches in five innings, giving up one run on three hits. Luis Frias, Noé Ramirez, Joe Mantiply and Ian Kennedy combined for four innings of relief, allowing just one run.
The Diamondbacks won for the third time in their last four games, while St. Louis has lost four of six.
Arizona’s Torey Lovullo managed his 729th game, moving past Kirk Gibson for most in franchise history.
“It was just a very, very good team win,” Lovullo said. “There was so many good little things that happened inside of today’s game and we scored six runs against a very good pitcher.”
Wainwright (2-3) struggled with his control, issuing a season-high five walks. He induced double plays to get out of jams in the first and second innings, but the free passes cost him in the third and sixth innings.
“I just didn’t command the ball like I needed to on any of my pitches,” Wainwright said. “It’s tough to get beat, but it’s tougher when you beat yourself and today that’s what I did.”
Varsho’s double scored Geraldo Perdomo, who led off the third inning with a walk, and Pavin Smith followed with a groundout that scored José Herrera to give the Diamondbacks a 2-1 lead.
Wainwright walked Smith to start the sixth, leading to a Cooper Hummel RBI single to…