St. Louis (54-30) at Arizona (41-45)

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  • Game info: 9:40 pm EDT Thu Jul 7, 2005
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Jason Marquis looks to post his first victory in nearly a month as the National League-leading St. Louis Cardinals shoot for a four-game sweep of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Marquis, who won a career-high 15 games in helping St. Louis capture the NL pennant last year, got off to an impressive 5-1 start this season. However, the right-hander has struggled to a 3-5 mark since, including three losses in his last four outings. He is 0-3 during that stretch, surrendering 17 earned runs in only 20 1-3 innings.

Marquis did put forth a solid effort Saturday against Colorado, limiting the Rockies to three runs and six hits over seven innings—his longest outing in four starts.

“On the whole, I thought I was throwing a lot better,” Marquis said. “Mostly I threw good pitches down in the zone.”

Marquis continued to be one of the best hitting pitchers in the league, going 2-for-3 to raise his average to .390.

“I think everything he did was good. He just had three offspeed pitches down out of the zone that were biting,” manager Tony La Russa said of Marquis. “It was a very fine margin of error to lose a game with. But that was definitely a solid outing.”

The Cardinals won their fourth straight overall with a 2-1 victory over the Diamondbacks on Wednesday.

David Eckstein’s suicide squeeze plated pinch-runner So Taguchi with the go-ahead run in the top of the ninth and closer Jason Isringhausen worked the bottom of the inning for his 200th career save.

Jim Edmonds homered for St. Louis, which had lost consecutive road games before taking its first three at Bank One Ballpark.

Alex Cintron’s homer provided the only offense for Arizona, which has lost seven of its last nine games.

Arizona has lost four straight at home overall, and eight in a row at Bank One Ballpark to St. Louis.

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J. Marquis SD vs. C. Vargas Col
13-14 Record 9-9
4.13 ERA 5.24
100 K 95
69 BB 47
1.33 WHIP 1.46