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 Kelly Johnson hit a grand slam in the seventh

inning  and Arizona held on to beat St. Louis, 7-6, in the second edition of a

four-game series from Busch Stadium.

 Chris  Young posted two hits and two RBI and Miguel Montero drove in the other

run for the D-Backs, who have taken four of their last five.

 Ian  Kennedy (9-3)  yielded six hits and  three runs over six innings for the

win.  The 26-year-old  tied his  career-high in  wins, set  last year  when he

finished 9-10 for Arizona.

 Matt  Holliday hit a solo homer and knocked in two runs for the Cardinals, who

have  dropped  five of seven.  Daniel Descalso posted  a two run double, while

Lance Berkman homered among his two hits and scored twice in the setback.

 Kyle  Lohse  (8-6) was  charged in  defeat for  seven runs  on seven hits over

6 2/3 frames.

 "I  have  to locate my  pitches better,"  Lohse said. "I  was trying to be too


 The  D-Backs  pulled ahead for good  in the seventh. Juan Miranda singled with

one  out,  Gerardo Parra walked  and Ryan  Roberts added a pinch-single before

Johnson  launched  a grand slam  to make  it a 7-3  game for the visitors. Two

batters later, Lohse exited for Jason Motte, who managed to keep it a four-run


 Holliday  began the home eighth with a homer to left, then Berkman singled and

Nick  Punto added a two-out pinch-hit single. Descalso brought two home with a

double  for a  7-6 game, and though Skip Schumaker walked, David Freese struck

out swinging to end the inning.

 David  Hernandez  earned his fifth  save in as  many tries and seventh overall

after  a  scoreless ninth, but it  wasn't easy. Albert Pujols worked a leadoff

walk,  then  Berkman reached on  an error with  one out. However, Colby Rasmus

struck out and pinch-hitter Jon Jay grounded out to end the game.

 "I  definitely had  a little more adrenaline tonight," Hernandez said. "Facing

Pujols, Berkman and Holliday is a tough situation."

 Berkman's  one-out solo homer put the Cards on the board in the second, then a

Pujols  sacrifice fly and  a Holliday RBI double made it 3-0 for the home team

in  the  third. St.  Louis failed to  widen its gap  despite loading the bases

with one out.

 Arizona  countered  in the  fourth with  three runs.  Stephen Drew doubled and

Justin Upton walked before both scored on a triple by Young -- who then scored

when Montero followed with a base hit.

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