National League Game Summary - San Diego at St. Louis|
(Saturday, July 20th)
Final Score: San Diego 5, St. Louis 3
St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) - Carlos Quentin collected two hits and was one
of four San Diego players to plate a run, as the Padres snapped a 10-game road
skid with a 5-3 triumph over the St. Louis Cardinals Saturday in the middle
tilt of a three-game set at Busch Stadium.
Everth Cabrera, Jedd Gyorko and Nick Hundley added an RBI apiece, while Chase
Headley had two hits and scored twice for the Padres, who have won two of
their last three overall.
"It's always nice when you can get off to a good start and put a run up in the
first couple innings," Headley said. "I thought we did a good job coming out
and kind of maintaining what we left off doing (Friday) night and hopefully we
can play another good game (Sunday)."
Edinson Volquez (7-8) allowed three runs on four hits over five frames, but
the Padres were able to make a winner out of the right-hander, as four San
Diego relievers held the Cardinals hitless over the final four innings, with
Huston Street spinning a 1-2-3 ninth to secure his 16th save.
Allen Craig plated a pair of runs for the Cardinals, who managed just four
hits in the setback.
Lance Lynn (11-5) labored through five innings, giving up four runs on six
hits and three walks to absorb his fourth loss in his last five starts.
"Just never had a feel for his fastball," St. Louis manager Mike Matheny said
of Lynn. "It wasn't how we drew it up. He's still a young pitcher and still
has a lot to learn."
The Padres pounced on Lynn early, pushing a run across in each of the first
two frames before scoring two more in the third to build a 4-0 cushion.
With runners on first and second and two away in the first, Gyorko scorched a
single to right to score Headley for 1-0 lead.
Cabrera's sacrifice fly in the second doubled San Diego's edge before the
Padres loaded the bases in the third when Yonder Alonso and Will Venable each
singled and Alexi Amarista followed with a two-out walk.
Lynn then uncorked a wild pitch that allowed Alonso to score before Hundley
chopped a slow roller down the third-base line that David Freese corralled,
but his throw to first pulled Matt Adams off the base and Venable crossed the
plate to make it 4-0.
The Cardinals cut into the lead in the fourth, as Matt Carpenter worked a
leadoff walk and Jon Jay followed with a single for St. Louis' first hit.
After Carlos Beltran lined out, Volquez fired a pitch to the backstop to put
two runners into scoring position. Craig lined Volquez's next offering into
center field to score Carpenter and Jay to trim the deficit in half.
St. Louis added another run in the fifth after Freese and Daniel Descalso
started the frame with back-to-back singles. A wild pitch from Volquez moved
both runners up a base before pinch-hitter Brock Peterson, making his major
league debut, grounded out to short to score Freese to make it a 4-3 game.
Volquez retired the next two hitters to escape further damage before San
Diego's bullpen took over.
Nick Vincent, Dale Thayer and Joe Thatcher each tossed a hitless inning in
relief before Quentin doubled with one out in the ninth to score Headley, who
singled prior to Quentin's two-bagger.
Street needed just 10 pitches to retire the Cards in order in the ninth.
Peterson had his contract purchased from Triple-A Memphis prior to the game
after the Cardinals placed outfielder Matt Holliday on the 15-day disabled
list because of a lingering hamstring injury ... Volquez improved to 1-3 in
five career starts at Busch Stadium ... San Diego had lost five straight
against St. Louis on the road ... Lynn entered the contest 7-0 in nine starts
at home this season ... San Diego went 2-for-11 with runners in scoring
position and left nine runners on base.
07/21 01:18:55 ET