Stephen Drew Hits for the Cycle

Stephen Drew Hits for the Cycle

Shortstop Stephen Drew joined select company Monday when he became the third Diamondback to hit for the cycle, the first ever to do it at Chase Field.

Stephen Drew also tied a franchise record with five hits -- he had two doubles -- in the Diamondbacks' 8-6 victory over St. Louis, sparking the team from a 5-1 deficit to snap a two-game losing streak.  Outfielder Luis Gonzalez was the first D-back to complete the cycle, doing so at Houston in 2000, and first baseman Greg Colbrunn had one in San Diego in 2002.

"To hit for the cycle, I'm kind of in awe. It's fun, but it wouldn't have meant anything if we didn't win," Drew said.

Drew, who remained in the leadoff spot with newcomer David Eckstein batting second in his first game with the Diamondbacks, used the whole field, singling to left in the first inning and tripling to right-center in the third.

His homer went into the seats in right, and he followed outfielder Jeff Salazar's pinch single with a ground-rule double to left field in the seventh to put runners on second and third with no outs. That set up Eckstein's RBI single to break a 6-6 tie. Drew improved his batting average to .289, the highest it has been since May 21.

Asked how locked in Drew is, manager Bob Melvin said: "Like on a 1-to-10 scale? Pretty close to a 10. It seems like he's getting hits every time he comes up."

"He's one of the most exciting players coming up in the game," Eckstein said.

DIAMONDBACKS 8, CARDINALS 6: SS Stephen Drew hit for the cycle while tying a franchise record with five hits and the Diamondbacks overcame a 5-1 deficit after to break a two-game losing streak. 3B Mark Reynolds hit a two-run homer to tie the game at 6-6 in the sixth inning after Diamondbacks LHP Randy Johnson gave up four homers in 3 1/3 innings. Drew's ground-rule double set up 2B David Eckstein's tie-breaking single to right field. Eckstein had two RBIs in his Diamondbacks debut after being acquired from Toronto on Sunday, also driving in Drew with a sacrifice fly. 1B Adam Dunn and OF Chris Young also had homers for the Diamondbacks.

SNAKE BYTES

--IF David Eckstein played second base and hit second in the order in his first game with the Diamondbacks on Monday after being acquired from Toronto for Class A RHP Chad Beck on Sunday. Eckstein, 33, has played 965 games at shortstop and 19 games at second in his eight-year major league career. But the Diamondbacks are not worried about the transition. "Middle infield is middle infield," manager Bob Melvin said. "More than anything, it's turning the double play, and that shouldn't be an issue for him."

--LHP Randy Johnson gave up four home runs to St. Louis before leaving in the fourth inning Monday, only the third time in his 21-year major league career he has given up four in a game. Atlanta had four off him on June 20, 1999, and the White Sox hit four on Aug. 21, 2005. All of the White Sox's homers came in the fourth inning at U.S. Cellular Field.

--C Robby Hammock and RHP Jailen Peguero were recalled from Triple-A Tucson on Monday, the first day major leagues rosters were expanded to include all players on the 40-man roster. Hammock will supply catching depth, and Peguero will lengthen a bullpen that was without RHP Juan Cruz (illness) and LHP Wil Ledezma and RHP Mark Scherzer (workload) Monday.

--OF Adam Dunn played first base for the first time since joining the Diamondbacks on Aug. 12 and OF Justin Upton started in right field Monday as the Diamondbacks attempted to change it up after losing six of their previous eight games. Dunn played first base for the first time since 2006, and Upton made his first start since July 8, the day before he suffered a strained oblique muscle. "We haven't had a lot of offense the last few days. I thought it was worth it," manager Bob Melvin said.

--RHP Brandon Webb has given up 12 earned runs in his last eight innings over two starts. He gave up eight runs in an 8-1 loss to Los Angeles on Sunday, tying a career high, although two runs were unearned. "Physically, he's fine," manager Bob Melvin said. "His sinker is running off the plate, and that's usually when he has his troubles. He's so good that he usually is able to make adjustments during a game to get through it. The last couple of times out, he hasn't been able to do it." Webb also tied a career high with five walks, although two (to OF Manny Ramirez) were intentional.

BY THE NUMBERS: 148 -- Consecutive days the D-backs have led or been tied for the NL West lead.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "'Webby' has gone a great job. He's done some amazing things. He's still human, no matter how super-human you're going to make him. You battle with him, because you know he's battling with you." -- OF Chris Young, after RHP Brandon Webb gave up eight runs, tying a career high, in an 8-2 loss to Los Angeles on Sunday, failing in his second attempt to win his 20th game this season.

MEDICAL WATCH: RHP Jon Rauch (right forearm stiffness) was unavailable Aug. 29-31 and was day-to-day. He pitched on September 1.


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