St. Louis Cardinals defeat Arizona Diamondbacks, 5-2

PHOENIX (AP) Arizona's Rodrigo Lopez retired 16 straight batter at one point and still lost the game.

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 Lopez, who was cruising until he allowed back-to-back singles in the seventh. Ryan homered on the first pitch he saw ...

PHOENIX -- There was no time for St. Louis Cardinals shortstop Brendan Ryan to revel in the end of another skid, to wait by his locker to regale the media with details of his game-cinching home run or to dillydally in the clubhouse.

OK, well there's always time to dillydally.

But not too much because there was a hat, some wadded up pieces of paper and a World Cup pool to organize before all of his teammates scattered to the desert.

A few hours before first pitch F...