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PHOENIX—Brandon Moss hit his first home run with St. Louis and Tony Cruz hit his first of the season, leading the Cardinals to a 5-3 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks last night to complete a four-game sweep.

It was the Cardinals’ fifth straight win overall and they finished 7-0 against the Diamondbacks this season.

Moss’s tiebreaking two-run shot in the fifth inning put the Cardinals ahead 5-3.

Carlos Martinez (13-6) earned the win with six innings of four-hit ball, allowing three runs and striking out six with two walks.

The Diamondbacks loaded the bases on three walks issued by Cardinals reliever Steve Cishek to open the bottom of eighth, but Seth Maness struck out David Peralta, Welington Castillo and got Jake Lamb to roll out to first to end the threat.

Trevor Rosenthal got the last three outs for his 41st save as the Cardinals improved to a season-high 37 games above .500 (82-45).

Rubby De La Rosa (11-6) gave up all five runs and five hits in five innings. He struck out four and waked four in his first loss since July 12.

De La Rosa threw eight balls on the first nine pitches of the game, and Kolten Wong followed with an RBI double to put the Cardinals ahead 1-0.

Cruz’s homer and Matt Carpenter’s RBI double in the second stretched St. Louis’ lead to 3-0.

The Diamondbacks tied in the bottom of the third on Lamb’s RBI single and Ender Inciarte’s two-out, two-run single off Wong’s glove.

The Diamondbacks’ Paul Goldschmidt prevented a run from scoring in the first inning when he made a diving stop of a hard one-hopper to first base by Moss. Goldschmidt underhanded to De La Rosa for the final out of the inning.

The Cardinals’ Greg Garcia went to the ground to catch a line drive and take a hit away from Arizona’s A.J. Pollock with two outs in the second inning, also preventing at least one run.

A replay review in the second inning that came after Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale challenged a safe call at second base on a sacrifice bunt lasted 4 minutes, 47 seconds. The call was upheld. The time of the review was the longest of the season at Chase Field.

Elsewhere in the National League, the Dodgers beat the Reds 1-0; the Nationals defeated the Padres 4-2; the Pirates hooked the Marlins 2-1; the Giants squashed the Cubs 9-1; and the Mets outclassed the Phillies 9-5.

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