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10/09/2001 03:36 PM ET
Season series in review
By Gary Rausch
MLB.com
Friday, April 6: STL 12, @ ARI 9 -- The Diamondbacks, opening their home schedule before a sold-out Bank One Ballpark crowd of 46,079, held leads of 2-0 and 4-2, but never overcame an eight-run, fifth-inning Cardinal uprising.

Arizona starter Armando Reynoso was tagged for seven runs, including home runs by St. Louis rookie Albert Pujols and veteran Craig Paquette and a three-run triple by Ray Lankford.

The D-backs collected a dozen hits, seven for extra bases. Mark Grace socked a two-run homer in the third inning, Luis Gonzalez a two-run shot in the seventh, and Matt Williams a solo shot in the ninth.

Saturday, April 7: STL 8, @ ARI 4 -- The Cardinals never trailed in making it two in a row. Albert Pujols drove in three runs with a first-inning double and a sixth-inning single. J.D. Drew plated three runs himself with a third-inning sacrifice fly and a two-run homer in the fifth.

Arizona rebounded from a 5-1 deficit in the fifth inning when Luis Gonzalez took Darryl Kile deep to center field with two runners aboard. Kile scattered eight hits over six innings to post the victory.

Diamondbacks starter Bobby Witt gave up five runs in 4 2/3 innings before leaving with a strain in his right elbow. The veteran right-hander, who made the club out of Spring Training as a non-roster signee, went on the disabled list the following day and did not pitch again in a big-league game until Aug. 11

Sunday, April 8: STL 9, @ ARI 2 -- St. Louis completed its series sweep by routing one of baseball's premier pitchers, Randy Johnson.

"The Big Unit" was hammered for nine runs and 11 hits in 5 2/3 innings. The man who would lead the Majors in strikeouts would fan only four. It was Johnson's worst outing of the season. Rick Ankiel, plagued by wildness that exiled him to the low minors for most of the season, got the victory. He allowed only three hits and two runs and walked three while striking out eight D-backs.

Arizona led 2-0 on Matt Williams' first-inning home run but never threatened after Johnson gave up solo homers to Mike Matheny and Eli Marrero to open the third inning. Albert Pujols added a two-run double. St. Louis Manager Tony La Russa used six relievers to hold the Diamondbacks to four hits over the final four frames.

Monday, April 16: ARI 2 @ STL 1 -- Jay Bell drove in David Dellucci from second base with a two-out double for the deciding run in the seventh inning, presenting Robert Ellis a victory in his first Major League start.

Ellis, a 30-year-old rookie discovered in the Mexican Summer League after being discarded by five organizations in five years, held St. Louis to five hits in six innings.

Arizona's relief corps preserved Ellis' effort with one-hit pitching over the final three innings. Matt Mantei got his second save of the season, striking out two of three batters in the ninth. Nine days later, Mantei was placed on the disabled list, lost for the season with an elbow injury.

Tuesday, April 17: ARI 17, @ STL 4 -- All eight positions players notched at least one hit in this one-sided affair. Luis Gonzalez socked a two-run homer in the opening inning. It was Gonzo's 10th homer in the first 13 games, second only to Mike Schmidt for the fastest to reach double-digits in homers.

Reggie Sanders and David Dellucci clubbed three-run homers in successive innings as Arizona turned a 4-1 advantage into a 13-1 rout after four frames, Jay Bell, who enjoyed a four-hit game, added a two-run poke in the fifth, and Erubiel Durazo came off the bench for a pinch-hit homer to start the ninth.

Armando Reynoso allowed three runs and four hits through six innings to pick up the victory.

Wednesday, April 18: ARI 1, @ STL 3 -- St. Louis defeated Randy Johnson for the second time in 10 days. Darryl Kile struck out seven and surrendered five hits over seven innings, Reggie Sanders' two-out, solo homer in the fourth inning his only blemish.

Johnson struck out 11 in eight innings. Bobby Bonilla got the third hit off Johnson, a solo homer to start the fifth inning. After Johnson allowed the go-ahead run to score in the sixth on a wild pitch, Bonilla doubled in an insurance run.

The Diamondbacks had ample opportunity to score, but were sabotaged by hitting into four double plays.

five hits over seven innings, Reggie Sanders' two-out, solo homer in the fourth inning his only blemish.

Johnson struck out 11 in eight innings. Bobby Bonilla got the third hit off Johnson, a solo homer to start the fifth inning. After Johnson allowed the go-ahead run to score in the sixth on a wild pitch, Bonilla doubled in an insurance run.

The Diamondbacks had ample opportunity to score, but were sabotaged by hitting into four double plays.

Gary Rausch is the site reporter for azdiamondbacks.com.