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Wednesday, April 13th (All times eastern)

St. Louis Cardinals (4-7) at Arizona Diamondbacks (5-5), 9:40 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: St. Louis - Jake Westbrook (0-1, 9.90) Arizona - Ian Kennedy (1-0, 2.57)

(Sports Network) - The Diamondbacks and Cardinals combined to slug six homers last night in the middle portion of a three-game series at Chase Field. If Arizona's Ian Kennedy can duplicate his previous outing, St. Louis may have trouble keeping pace tonight.

Kennedy will try to pitch his club to a series victory Wednesday night after matching a career high with eight innings thrown on Friday versus the Reds. The right-hander scattered a run, six hits and a walk, striking out nine in a 13-2 win.

Though he didn't need it, Kennedy was appreciative of the run support.

"I can't say thanks enough for all the offense," Kennedy said.

The 26-year-old has never before faced the Cardinals.

Kennedy will try to prevent another slugfest this evening, though it benefited his team last night in a 13-8 win. Chris Young homered as part of a three-hit day and drove in three runs, while Justin Upton and Juan Miranda added three- run shots.

Arizona had plated just two runs in losing Monday's opener and improved to 3-2 on a nine-game homestand.

"We had to go out there and slug it out," Upton said after the two teams combined for 30 hits. "We were able to win the battle."

Armando Galarraga got the win despite allowing five runs over five innings, while manager Kirk Gibson wasn't around to enjoy the power surge after getting ejected in the third inning following a confrontation with home plate umpire Bob Davidson over a swinging strike call on Russell Branyan.

Lance Berkman, David Freese and Colby Rasmus each had a solo blast for the Cardinals, who had a two-game winning streak stopped and dropped to 2-3 on a 10-game road trip. Albert Pujols finished 3-for-5.

Chris Carpenter failed to get his first win of the season after getting roughed up for eight runs on eight hits in four innings.

"It was a tough day for pitchers," Cardinals manager Tony La Russa said.

Jake Westbrook will hope that isn't the case tonight as he tries to find his control. He was drilled for eight runs on six hits and five walks in his season debut versus the Padres on April 2, then walked another four over 5 2/3 innings of a no-decision against San Francisco on Friday. The 33-year-old also gave up three runs on eight hits.

The right-handed Westbrook is 1-0 with a 1.93 earned run average in two lifetime outings against Arizona, including one start.

St. Louis was 5-4 against the D'Backs last season.

04/13 10:33:39 ET

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