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Ryan's 3-Run Homer Lifts Cardinals Over D-Backs
PHOENIX (AP) -- Brendan Ryan hit a three-run home run in the seventh inning and the St. Louis Cardinals snapped a four-game losing streak with a 5-2 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday night.

Ryan's drive ruined an otherwise good pitching performance from Arizona's Rodrigo Lopez, who retired 16 straight batters until he allowed back-to-back singles in the seventh. Ryan homered on the first pitch he saw from Lopez with two outs in the inning.

St. Louis scored twice in the second inning off Lopez (2-5) with doubles from Matt Holliday and Skip Schumaker. Yadier Molina singled to drive in Schumaker for the Cardinals' second run.

That was all starter Jaime Garcia (6-2) needed. The rookie left-hander allowed one run on four hits in five innings, lowering his ERA to 1.49 ERA.

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