SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Brendan Ryan hit a grand slam and Joel Pineiro won his sixth straight decision by throwing 7 2-3 strong innings and leading the St. Louis Cardinals to a 5-1 victory over the San Diego Padres on Thursday night.
Ryan's first career grand slam staked Pineiro (12-9) to a 4-0 lead in the second inning as the Cardinals won for the 16th time in 21 games.
The only run Pineiro allowed was a homer to rookie Kyle Blanks, who connected in the second inning for his ninth homer. Blanks homered for the third time in four games.
St. Louis has won nine consecutive starts by Pineiro, who last lost on June 28, against Minnesota.
Pineiro struck out six and walked two and combined with three relievers on a four-hitter. He allowed leadoff walks in the first and third innings, but catcher Yadier Molina threw out both runners attempting to steal. Molina has thrown out 14 of 42 base runners this season.
Ryan's grand slam off Tim Stauffer (1-6) came after the righty hit Matt Holliday to lead off the inning. With one out, Stauffer walked Mark DeRosa and hit Molina to load the bases. Ryan hit a 3-1 pitch into the left field stands for the Cardinals' seventh grand slam this season.
St. Louis added a run in the sixth on Holliday's leadoff triple off Greg Burke and Molina's groundout.
Stauffer gave up four runs and four hits over five innings. He struck out six and walked two.
The Padres were held to one run for the second straight game as they lost for the sixth time in eight games.
Khalil Greene struck out pinch-hitting in the ninth in his first appearance in San Diego, where he played his first six seasons before he was traded to St. Louis in the offseason.
NOTES: Pineiro has allowed six home runs this season, one in each of his last three starts. ... RHP John Smoltz, who signed a deal with St. Louis on Wednesday, was in uniform Thursday and is Sunday's scheduled starter in the finale of the four-game series. ... DeRosa walked three times to tie his career high for the third time. ... Padres rookie Everth Cabrera was thrown out trying to steal second base in the third inning, just the third time he's been caught. Cabrera, who has 18 stolen bases, leads the NL in stolen base percentage.
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