(BaseballStL) — Taking over for Trevor Rosenthal, Pat Neshek came on to shut down the Padres in the ninth.
After a swinging bunt turned into the first out, Neshek got a fly ball for the second.
Pinch hitter Yasmani Grandal spoiled the perfect inning, going deep to center with two strikes to keep the inning going.
Chris Nelson followed with a double off the wall, but Neshek struck out Venable to end the drama.
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The Cardinals padded their lead with an Oscar Taveras single in the eighth.
After Pierzynski and Jay both singled, the former was caught going to third on a ball that skipped in the dirt.
Jay eventually made it to second on a wild pitch and with two outs, Taveras pinch hit for Seth Maness.
The rookie slapped a ball up the middle to score the center fielder and Pat Neshek came in to close out the 4-1 lead.
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Lance Lynn handed things off to Sam Freeman for a scoreless seventh, finishing his day with six innings and one run allowed.
Freeman cruised through four outs, but passed the torch to Seth Maness with one down in the eighth after a walk.
Maness took care of the final two Padres in the inning, holding the 3-1 lead going into the bottom half.
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St. Louis came close to adding on in their half of the fifth, but a tremendous play by Peterson saved the Padres.
With a man on first and two outs, Ross hit Jon Jay for the second time, putting two aboard for Shane Robinson.
The diminutive outfielder turned on a ball and sent it screaming down the line, but Peterson dove to his right and snared it. He came up firing and barely caught the speedy Robinson at first, ending the inning.
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The Padres finally got to Lynn in the fifth, scoring when they put together three straight hits.
Jace Peterson singled on a 3-2 count with one out to start things off, then pitcher Tyson Ross followed suit to move him to third.
Will Venable swung San Diego into the run column when he drove a double into center, scoring Peterson and putting two more in scoring position.
Lynn regrouped, striking out Tommy Medica before getting Seth Smith to pop out to second, ending the damage and retaining a lead of 3-1.
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Ross shot himself in the foot again, hitting Jon Jay to lead off the bottom half of the fourth.
The center fielder moved to second on a Robinson grounder, avoiding the double play because he was running on the pitch. Jay went up a station when Lynn tapped one to second, putting another run 90 feet away.
Matt Carpenter walked behind him, making it five free passes in less than four innings for the Padre starter.
Kolten Wong added to the lead when he slapped a single into left to score Jay, making it 3-0.
Matt Holliday put a jolt into a pitch in his at bat, but it fell just short of blowing the game open when Will Venable raced it down at the warning track to end the inning.
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After three shutout innings, the Padres finally threatened in the fourth.
With one out, Seth Smith doubled to put the first runner in scoring position of the night for San Diego. A fly out followed, but Lynn walked Rymer Liriano to put two on. Following that, he got behind catcher Rene Rivera 2-0.
After a visit, he came back with strikes and with a full count he got Rivera to pound one into the dirt toward Peralta.
He gloved it, threw to first and the threat was past.
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The Cardinals teased another run in the third when Adams recorded his second hit.
With two outs, the lefty reached on another single and Jhonny Peralta moved him to third with one of his own.
A.J. Pierzynski was unable to bring Big City home, however, grounding to short to end the frame.
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Things went quietly for the Padres’ offense hrough the first nine outs, as Lance Lynn finished three innings on just 40 pitches.
The righty struck out two and surrendered just one hit, a ball that bounced sideways off his leg and the mound to elude Kolten Wong.
Nothing came of the baserunner, as the next two San Diego hitters recorded outs through the air to end the inning.
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Tyson Ross was clearly out of sorts to begin the game, and the Cardinals made the most of it.
After back-to-back walks to Matt Carpenter and Kolten Wong, the Padres pitcher managed to get two strikes on Matt Holliday before drilling him with a fastball to load the bases.
Matt Adams got down 1-2, but Ross would not escape.
The big first baseman punched a single up the middle to score Carpenter and give the Cardinals the early lead.
Jhonny Peralta kept things going with a grounder to third to score Wong, making it aboard on the fielder’s choice to second base.
With runners at the corners, A.J. Pierzynski flew out to shallow left to keep everyone where they were.
Jon Jay stepped in with a chance to do more damage, but grounded to second to end the opening volley.