Cardinals Lose Game & Chris Carpenter

The Cardinals lost what manager Tony La Russa likes to call a "doubleheader" on Tuesday night. Not only did they fall 7-6 in 10 innings to the Diamondbacks, but they lost right-hander Chris Carpenter (again), this time when he a strained his left ribcage while grounding out to end the fourth inning.

"That was the most important thing," La Russa said. "It looks like he's going to be out awhile.

"That kind of overwhelms whatever else happened in this game."

Last Thursday, Carpenter, plagued by elbow and shoulder miseries the past two seasons, worked seven innings of one-hit ball in his first start of the season to gain his first win since 2006. He tacked on three more scoreless innings Tuesday night before having to come up while warming up in the fourth. The Cardinals had to exhaust six relievers, setting up the real possibility that somebody will have to be called up for Wednesday's series finale.

La Russa said that discussion would take place later Tuesday night and would involve pitching coach Dave Duncan and general manager John Mozeliak, who is on the trip to Arizona and Chicago.

"I'm not happy," La Russa said. "This is a real piece-of-(junk) day. I'm not going to fake it."

Mozeliak was more guarded in his preliminary assessment. "Obviously it's a frustrating situation to be in right now," he said. "But it's very important that it's not the elbow or the shoulder."

How long Carpenter might be out is open to speculation, but Mozeliak made reference to former Cardinals right-hander Woody Williams, who was out several weeks in 2004 with a similar injury.

DIAMONDBACKS 7, CARDINALS 6 (10 innings): The bullpen let the Cardinals down after RHP Chris Carpenter left injured but ahead 3-0. RHP Brad Thompson suffered the loss by giving up a two-out, run-scoring single to LF Eric Byrnes. Earlier, RHP Kyle McClellan had surrendered a two-run homer to PH Mark Reynolds in the fifth. And, more damaging, RHP Josh Kinney, after getting the first two outs of the eighth, walked a batter, hit the next one and then threw a hanging slider that PH Conor Jackson blasted for a three-run homer that erased a 4-3 Cardinals lead.


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