Oscar Taveras belted a two-run homer and Peter Bourjos had an RBI
single for the Cardinals, who acquired John Lackey from Boston and
cash considerations for fellow right-hander Joe Kelly and
outfielder/first baseman Allen Craig prior to the contest. St. Louis
won for just the third time in nine outings to move within two games
of National League Central-leading Milwaukee heading into a pivotal
three-game series in the Gateway City this weekend.
Jedd Gyorko and Will Venable each homered for the second straight
game for the Padres, who mustered just three hits after tying a
season high with 16 in their 12-1 triumph on Wednesday. Rene Rivera
added a two-out double in the fifth as San Diego fell for the fourth
time in six outings.
After the teams flexed their muscles by going deep three times in
the second inning, Holliday gave the Cardinals a 4-2 lead in the
third with a single to left off rookie Odrisamer Despaigne (2-3).
Matt Carpenter and Kolten Wong came around to score on that exchange
before Bourjos' RBI single and Carpenter's bases-loaded walk doubled
the advantage in the sixth.
Miller (8-8) overcame two homers in the second and allowed just one
more hit while striking out five to pick up the win. Three relievers
preserved the victory while Despaigne permitted six runs on nine
hits in 5 2/3 innings to take the loss.
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GAME NOTEBOOK: San Diego traded Chris Denorfia to Seattle for fellow OF
Abraham Almonte and RHP Stephen Kohlscheen prior to the game. ...
Carpenter had two hits to improve to 13-for-32 in his last eight
contests. ... Gyorko went 1-for-3 on Thursday to improve to 7-for-14
since coming off the disabled list for the Padres, who wrap up a
six-game homestand by opening a three-game set versus Atlanta on Friday.
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