- Associated Press - Thursday, May 22, 2014

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Arizona manager Kirk Gibson felt starting pitcher Wade Miley deserved the chance to try and earn a win Thursday against the St. Louis Cardinals.

Gibson let Miley hit leading off the top of the seventh in a tie game.

After the Diamondbacks failed to score, Miley went out and retired the first two batters in the bottom of that inning.

But a walk to Matt Holliday prolonged the inning and Allen Craig followed with an RBI double that proved to be the difference, as the Cardinals went on to complete a three-game sweep with a 4-2 win.

Gibson did not want to pinch-hit for Miley (3-5) to start the seventh.

“I really didn’t think about that,” Gibson said. “He was throwing the ball good.

“He’s earned the right to go back out there. I knew he wanted to stay in the game. I thought he’d earned that. I gave him a chance to shut them down and a chance to get the win.”

Miley lasted 6 2-3 innings and allowed three runs and seven hits and four walks with three strikeouts.

He was done in by Craig’s hit and a two-run double in the previous inning by Shane Robinson that tied the score.

“You got to make better pitches in that situation,” Miley said. “It’s just the way it is.”

Gibson said that the two-out RBI has been a staple of the Cardinals the past two years, and it was something that the Diamondbacks need to improve.

“They did a better job than we did,” Gibson said. “We have to examine and it and see how we can get better with things we’ve been talking about, but we got a ways to go.”

The sweep was the first of a three-game series this season for St. Louis, which has won seven of eight.

Pat Neshek (1-0) pitched scoreless seventh and eighth innings to pick up his first win as a Cardinal.

Trevor Rosenthal retired Arizona in order in the ninth for his 14th save in 16 chances.

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