Cardinals handle Padres for fifth straight win -

Cardinals handle Padres for fifth straight win

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Matt Holliday hit a two-run homer, and Joel Pineiro extended his winning streak to five while the St. Louis Cardinals beat the San Diego Padres 7-4 Saturday night.

The home run was the only hit in five at-bats for Holliday, who had three hits in each of his last three games. Holliday is batting .475 with five homers and 22 RBIs in 20 games since he joined the Cardinals from Oakland.

Skip Schumaker also drove in two for the Cardinals, and Albert Pujols, Mark DeRosa and Brendan Ryan had RBIs. St. Louis has won seven of eight and is a season-high 14 games over .500.

Pineiro (11-9) pitched 6 2-3 innings and allowed three runs on seven hits with five strikeouts. The Cardinals are 8-0 in his last eight starts and 9-1 over his last 10.

Ryan Franklin, the last of five Cardinals relievers, worked a scoreless ninth for his 29th save in 31 opportunities. That ties him with the Padres' Heath Bell for the most saves in the National League.

Adrian Gonzalez had three hits, including his 31s home run, and Chase Headley drove in a pair of runs for San Diego. Kevin Kouzmanoff also had an RBI single.

The loss dropped San Diego's road record to 19-39. The Padres are 30-30 at home.

Things looked promising for San Diego when Headley hit a one-out RBI single in the first, but Colby Rasmus singled off San Diego's Tim Stauffer (1-5) in the bottom half and Pujols followed with a double to the wall in right. Holliday then his a 431-foot homer into the bleachers in left to make it 3-1.

Gonzalez got one run back when he led off the second with a homer to left, but Schumaker gave the Cardinals a 5-2 advantage with RBI singles in the fifth and six innings.

Stauffer lasted five innings and gave up seven hits and four runs with seven strikeouts.

San Diego got within 5-4 in the seventh on two-out RBI singles by Headley and Kouzmanoff, but Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina got them out of the frame when he picked Will Venable off first base to end the inning.

The pickoff was Molina's seventh this year and 33rd of his career.

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