(BaseballStL) — Trevor Rosenthal came on to close things out and immediately got into trouble.
Yosmani Grandal singled to open things up, then nearly scored on a blast to the right center wall. Shane Robinson ran it down, and Grandal had to go back to first after the out.
Amarista singled to put two aboard, and Rosenthal followed by getting behind 2-0 to Chris Nelson. After battling back to a full count, he walked him to load the bases.
With one out and the go-ahead run on first, rookie Jake Goebbert stepped in as a pinch hitter. The 26-year-old punched a ball into right field, scoring one and sending Amarista home.
Robinson's throw arrived in time, but Pierzynski (in for Cruz) seemingly missed on the swipe as Amarista dove out of the base path to avoid him, evidinced by the runner scambling for home. The umpire gestured but never made a motion.
Pierzynski dove to the plate and the umpire eventually ruled the runner out, but the Padres challenged the call.
After 4:09 the call stood.
With men at first and second, Rosenthal was one out from an escape. Things wouldn't be easy, as he walked Will Venable to load the bases once again.
Tommy Medica stood in as the deciding factor between the game ending and the Cards hitting again, and Rosenthal got ahead 1-2.
With two strikes, the closer let loose a high heater and struck out the first baseman to end the contest.
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St. Louis caught a break in the eighth, and turned it into the go-ahead runs.
Tony Cruz led off, and with a full count, appeared to swing and miss for the first out. The umpire ruled he had tipped the ball and it was caught, but Cruz immediately turned and argued it had bounced. After an umpire discussion, the call was that he had indeed fouled it off the dirt.
The next pitch, he singled up the middle for the first baserunner.
Daniel Descalso stepped in to hit for Seth Maness and though he was trying to give himself up for a sacrifice bunt, Alex Torres walked him on four pitches.
Matt Carpenter kept things rolling with a single to left, and suddenly the Birds had the bases loaded with no outs.
Right-hander Nick Vincent came on for the Padres to face Bourjos and the Cardinals countered with lefty Jon Jay.
In one pitch, Matheny’s move paid off.
Jay roped a double to the center field wall scoring two and leaving two men on for Matt Holliday. The left fielder flew out, handing the opportunity to Matt Adams. The Padres intentionally walked the big lefty to load the bases, and Peralta stepped in with a chance to put it away.
Peralta struck out swinging, unable to argue as successfully as Cruz that his swing nipped the ball.
With two out, Mark Ellis struck out to leave the bases loaded and end the frame.
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The Cardinals threatened when they opened their half with Matt Carpenter, but the leadoff man ended up stranded at second.
After a walk to open the inning, Peter Bourjos bunted the third baseman over to second.
Matt Holliday hit a laser right at left fielder Seth Smith, and Matt Adams followed suit with a liner back to the pitcher.
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The Padres found a foothold in the sixth inning, turning two walks, two hits and a ground out into two runs.
Beginning the frame at the top of the order, San Diego got the first two men on with a leadoff walk and a double.
Seth Smith loaded the bases when he worked a six-pitch free pass, and the first Padre run crossed when Jedd Gyorko grounded to Matt Adams at first.
Adams threw to second but one out was all the Cardinals could manage, and the lead was cut in half.
With men on the corners, Yasmani Grandal popped out to Peralta for the second out, and Lackey was one away from an escape.
Rymer Liriano tapped a ball to third next, and managed to just beat the throw from Carpenter. The infield single tied the game, leaving two on for Amarista.
With two hits already, the shortstop had a chance to keep the carousel going, but instead flew out to right to end the inning.
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Lackey worked out of a leadoff double with some help from the defense in the third inning.
After shortstop Alexi Amarista put one down the line the Cardinal starter struck out third baseman Chris Nelson for the first out. It took 13 pitches, but the Padre infielder went down looking with a full count.
Pitcher Eric Stults grounded a ball in the whole next, but Jhonny Peralta gloved it and through to third. After a rundown that went from Matt Carpenter to Mark Ellis back to Peralta, Amarista was out, and the Padres had a man on second with two away.
Leadoff man Will Venable turned on a pitch and rocketed it down the line, but Matt Adams snared it, tossing to first for the final out. The Cardinals headed to the dugout with the shutout intact, up 2-0.
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If you blinked, you may have missed the first inning at busch, as the Cardinals and Padres finished six outs in just eight minutes.
The Cardinals slowed things down in the bottom of the second, when Matt Adams and Jhonny Peralta got to Eric Stults, going up 2-0 on a single and home run, respectively.
After Adams punched one through the right side, Peralta hit his 16th homer of the year, tying the franchise single season record for a shortstop.
The shot to left center was his first since August 2, and gave the Cardinals an early lead.
After an Mark Ellis fly ball, Shane Robinson reached on a grounder up the middle. Tony Cruz hit what looked to be an inning-ending double play, but second baseman Jedd Gyorko's throw sailed wide, leaving him at second base.
John Lackey was unable to plate him, flying out to right to end the inning.
On the mound, Lackey cruised through his first six hitters, throwing just 20 pitches in two innings and striking out one.