(BaseballStL) -- Trevor Rosenthal came in to close out the game in the ninth with the Cardinals still ahead of the Padres 6-2. And the Redbirds' closer retired the Padres in order to send his team back home to St. Louis.
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The Cardinals added pressure onto the Padres in the sixth inning, threatening with runners on first and second with no one out.
Matt Adams beat the shift as he took the outside pitch into left field for a single. Jhonny Peralta was then hit on the elbow to put another runner on base followed by a six pitch walk to AJ Pierzynski.
But Oscar Taveras hit a liner to Everth Cabrera at short stop and also doubling Peralta off second. Peter Bourjos picked up his teammate by hitting a grounder just pass the third baseman who appeared to be playing up for the possible bunt. Instead the Cardinals get a run to extend the lead to 5-2.
Shelby Miller kept the hit parade going with a single into left field to load the bases for the second time in the inning and forcing Padres manager Bud Black to go to his bullpen.
Then working a six pitch at-bat into a full count with two outs, Matt Carpenter took the bases loaded walk for one of his easiest RBI of the season, number 48, to give the Cards a 6-2 lead.
Kolten Wong worked himself into a full count, as well, as the eighth batter of the inning. But the second baseman struck out on a pitch up and away to end the inning.
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Matt Holliday delivered in the third inning as the Cardinals were able to retake the lead.
Matt Carpenter singled to second base on a lay Jedd Gyrko wasn't able to come up with followed by a shot to left from Kolten Wong. Padres left fielder Seth Smith slipped allowing Wong to make it to second.
Then with runners on second and third, Holliday poked a ball up the middle to score both and give the Cardinals a 4-2 lead.
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As his right field platoon-mate was traded just hours before the game, Oscar Taveras responded with a two-run jack out to right field to give the Cardinals their first lead of the series against the San Diego Padres.
With two outs, AJ Pierzynski beat the shift to put a runner on for the Redbirds. Then Taveras stroked one down the right field line and over the wall.
This was Taveras' first homer since hitting one in his MLB debut as he picks up RBI numbers seven and eight.
But the Padres responded with their home run from Jedd Gyorko to cut the Cardinals' lead in half. Then Shelby Miller saw the lead evaporate as he gave up another solo shot to Will Venable to knot the game at two.