Auburn native Tim Locastro spent his birthday leading off and playing left field for the Arizona Diamondbacks Sunday afternoon.
Locastro, who turned 27, went 2-for-4 at the plate with a run batted in and a hit-by-pitch in the Diamondbacks' 5-2 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals. It was the Auburnian's first game following Major League Baseball's All-Star break.
Locastro struck out in his first plate appearance, then was hit by a pitch in the third inning. Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright plunked Locastro with a curve ball on the first pitch of the at-bat.
In the sixth inning, Locastro led off by lining a single to center field. Teammate Ketel Marte walked and the Diamondbacks had two runners on, but were unable to bring Locastro and Marte home.
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Locastro reached base again in the eighth inning when he grounded into a fielder's choice. Like the sixth inning, he was left on base as the Diamondbacks' offense fizzled.
Arizona's bats came alive in the ninth inning. With two runners in scoring position, Locastro hit an infield RBI single to cut the lead to 5-2. After Marte walked to load the bases, third baseman Eduardo Escobar flied out to center field to end the game.
The two-hit performance was Locastro's sixth career multi-hit game, all of which have come as a member of the Diamondbacks. He recorded his 13th RBI and is now tied for third in the majors with 14 HBP this season.