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Friday, July 19th (All times Eastern)

San Diego Padres (42-54) at St. Louis Cardinals (57-36), 8:15 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: San Diego - Jason Marquis (9-4, 3.77) St. Louis - Jake Westbrook (5-4, 2.88)

(Sports Network) - The race in the National League Central is lined up for a three-team pursuit and the current leaders, the St. Louis Cardinals, are in the driver's seat for now.

Holding a one-game lead over the Pittsburgh Pirates and a five-game advantage on the Cincinnati Reds, St. Louis will open the second half of the season at home, starting with Friday's opener of a three-game series versus the San Diego Padres at Busch Stadium.

The Cardinals have won five straight at home and split a four-game set against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field before the All-Star break. They earned a split with Sunday's 10-6 win, as Yadier Molina ended 4-for-6 with a home run, three runs scored and four RBI. Molina delivered a clutch three-run homer during a four-run top of the ninth inning.

"We never give up," Molina said. "Whatever happens in the game or the inning before we're going to come after you."

Allen Craig recorded four hits as well and drove in a run in the decisive ninth inning, while Pete Kozma was 3-for-6 with two RBI.

St. Louis banged out 21 hits and got past the Cubs even though starting pitcher Adam Wainwright allowed four runs and eight hits in six innings for the no-decision. Edward Mujica, who was selected to replace Wainwright on the NL All-Star roster, tossed 1 1/3 scoreless innings of relief for the win, the Cards' seventh in the previous nine tries.

Wainwright was deemed ineligible for the All-Star Game by pitching Sunday.

Molina and Matt Carpenter both were 0-for-2 in the All-Star Game, Carlos Beltran finished 1-for-2 and Craig lined out in his only appearance at the plate. Mujica didn't get a chance to pitch in the Midsummer Classic.

Cardinals outfielder and former All-Star Matt Holliday is hoping to return to the lineup soon and hasn't played since last Thursday because of a right hamstring injury. Holliday has done some light running and took batting practice at Busch Stadium Thursday. He is hitting .268 with 13 home runs and 47 RBI this season.

The Cardinals are scheduled to host Philadelphia on this homestand and will send Jake Westbrook to the mound Friday versus the Padres. Westbrook has lost two of his last three starts and pitched well in a 3-0 defeat at the hands of the Cubs last Thursday. He allowed three runs in seven innings in dropping to 5-4 through 12 starts with a 2.88 earned run average.

Westbrook hopes to keep his unbeaten record at home intact and owns a 3-0 mark in four tries with a microscopic 0.31 ERA. The veteran right-hander is 2-2 in four games (3 starts) lifetime against San Diego.

The Padres crawled their way near the top of the NL West, but have been irrelevant since. They were 38-36 at one point, then lost 18 of the next 22 games, including a 10-game slide from June 29-July 8.

San Diego is 8 1/2 games off the division lead and will start a 10-game road trip Friday against St. Louis, Milwaukee and NL West-leading Arizona. The club salvaged a four-game series versus San Francisco before the All-Star break, taking Sunday's finale by a 10-1 score.

Eric Stults threw six innings of one-run ball for the win and was helped offensively by four home runs. Chris Denorfia, Carlos Quentin, Nick Hundley and Will Venable all went deep for the Padres.

"We've got to combine those," Padres manager Bud Black said of both pitching and hitting. "The rest of the year, that's our challenge. It's a pretty simple formula. We haven't been doing that."

Padres shortstop and switch-hitter Everth Cabrera was the lone All-Star from the team and didn't get a chance to play in the game.

"Of course, I wanted to play, but this was my first All-Star Game, and it was a great experience," Cabrera said. "Being around all of these All-Stars and taking batting practice with them is awesome."

The Friars, losers in nine straight on the road, will send former Cardinal Jason Marquis to the mound Friday. Marquis, who played with St. Louis from 2004-06, is winless (0-2) in his last five starts since opening the season with a 9-2 record. He hasn't recorded a decision in the previous two outings and tossed 5 1/3 innings of two-run ball in a 4-2 loss versus the Giants last Thursday.

Marquis last tasted victory June 15 versus Arizona and he is 9-4 with a 3.77 earned run average in 19 starts. The right-hander hasn't won 10 or more games in a season since going 15-13 in 2009 with Colorado.

He defeated the Cardinals back on May 20 and is 6-2 with a 3.53 ERA in 10 games (8 starts) lifetime against them. The right-hander posted the lone win for San Diego in that series versus St. Louis and the Padres have won four of the last six meetings between the clubs.

07/19 10:49:02 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
ROC 8
DUR 2
 
2:30pm Friday
STONYBROOK
NCSTATE
 
7:05pm Friday
SYR
DUR
 
6:35pm Saturday
SYR
DUR
 
5:05pm Sunday
SYR
DUR
 
Final
TEX 3
CLE 12
Final
COL 6
CIN 4
Final
MIA 2
PIT 5
Final
CWS 5
TOR 3
Final
KAN 2
NYY 4
Final
BOS 4
MIN 6
Final
PHI 0
NYM 7
Final
SEA 3
TAM 0
Final
SFG 3
MIL 1
Final
DET 3
OAK 2
Final
HOU 4
BAL 5
Final
WAS 3
CHC 0
Final
ARI 3
STL 4
Final
SDP 5
ANA 4
Final
ATL 3
LOS 2
1:05pm Today
CWS
BAL
 
4:35pm Today
CWS
BAL
 
8:05pm Tonight
BOS
TEX
 
10:05pm Tonight
DET
ANA
 
10:05pm Tonight
NYY
OAK
 
10:10pm Tonight
CLE
SEA
 
10:10pm Tonight
PIT
SDP
 
10:15pm Tonight
ATL
SFG
 
4:05pm Friday
KAN
CHC
 
7:05pm Friday
COL
PHI
 
7:05pm Friday
TAM
BAL
 
7:10pm Friday
MIA
NYM
 
7:10pm Friday
WAS
CIN
 
8:05pm Friday
BOS
TEX
 
8:10pm Friday
ARI
MIL
 
8:10pm Friday
CWS
HOU
 
8:10pm Friday
TOR
MIN
 
8:15pm Friday
LOS
STL
 
10:05pm Friday
DET
ANA
 
10:05pm Friday
NYY
OAK
 
10:10pm Friday
CLE
SEA
 
10:10pm Friday
PIT
SDP
 
10:15pm Friday
ATL
SFG
 
2:10pm Saturday
TOR
MIN
 
3:05pm Saturday
COL
PHI
 
4:05pm Saturday
TAM
BAL
 
4:10pm Saturday
ARI
MIL
 
4:10pm Saturday
CWS
HOU
 
4:10pm Saturday
MIA
NYM
 
4:10pm Saturday
WAS
CIN
 
7:15pm Saturday
BOS
TEX
 
7:15pm Saturday
KAN
CHC
 
7:15pm Saturday
LOS
STL
 
10:05pm Saturday
ATL
SFG
 
10:05pm Saturday
DET
ANA
 
10:05pm Saturday
NYY
OAK
 
10:10pm Saturday
CLE
SEA
 
10:10pm Saturday
PIT
SDP
 
1:10pm Sunday
MIA
NYM
 
1:10pm Sunday
WAS
CIN
 
1:35pm Sunday
COL
PHI
 
1:35pm Sunday
TAM
BAL
 
2:10pm Sunday
ARI
MIL
 
2:10pm Sunday
CWS
HOU
 
2:10pm Sunday
TOR
MIN
 
2:15pm Sunday
LOS
STL
 
2:20pm Sunday
KAN
CHC
 
3:05pm Sunday
BOS
TEX
 
4:05pm Sunday
ATL
SFG
 
4:05pm Sunday
NYY
OAK
 
4:10pm Sunday
CLE
SEA
 
8:05pm Sunday
DET
ANA
 
9:10pm Sunday
PIT
SDP
 
7:05pm Monday
TOR
WAS
 
7:10pm Monday
CHC
MIA
 
7:10pm Monday
MIN
BOS
 
8:10pm Monday
BAL
HOU
 
8:10pm Monday
MIL
STL
 
8:40pm Monday
LOS
COL
 
9:40pm Monday
ATL
ARI
 
10:05pm Monday
TAM
ANA
 
10:10pm Monday
NYM
SDP
 
10:10pm Monday
NYY
SEA
 
10:15pm Monday
PIT
SFG
 
Final
HOU 90
GSW 104
Final
ANA 2
CHI 5
8:00pm Friday
TAM
NYR
 
8:00pm Saturday
CHI
ANA
 
12:00pm Friday
AUBURN
CHARLESTON
 
1:00pm Friday
CALIFORNIA
CCAROLINA
 
1:00pm Friday
COLUMBIA
ECAROLINA
 
1:00pm Friday
ORALROBRTS
ARKANSAS
 
1:00pm Friday
OREGON
IOWA
 
1:00pm Friday
SFLORIDA
FAU
 
1:00pm Friday
WRIGHTST
NOTREDAME
 
2:00pm Friday
MICHIGAN
BRADLEY
 
2:30pm Friday
STONYBROOK
NCSTATE
 
2:30pm Friday
TEXAS
OREGONST
 
3:00pm Friday
INDIANA
RADFORD
 
3:30pm Friday
ULLAFAYETE
RICE
 
4:00pm Friday
LEHIGH
LSU
 
6:00pm Friday
CANISIUS
SWMISSOURI
 
6:00pm Friday
CLEMSON
ARIZONAST
 
6:00pm Friday
MERCER
FLORIDAST
 
6:00pm Friday
MOREHEADST
LOUISVILLE
 
6:00pm Friday
VIRGINIA
USC
 
7:00pm Friday
FIU
MIAFLA
 
7:00pm Friday
FLAAM
FLORIDA
 
7:00pm Friday
MARYLAND
MISS
 
7:00pm Friday
SACREDHART
TCU
 
7:00pm Friday
STJOHNS
OKLAHOMAST
 
7:00pm Friday
TSOUTHERN
TEXASAM
 
7:00pm Friday
VCU
DALLASBAPT
 
8:00pm Friday
HSTNBAPT
HOUSTON
 
8:00pm Friday
LIPSCOMB
VANDERBILT
 
8:00pm Friday
OHIO
ILLINOIS
 
8:00pm Friday
TULANE
NWILMINGTN
 
10:00pm Friday
PEPPERDINE
FULLERTON
 
10:00pm Friday
SANDIEGOST
CSANTABAR
 
11:00pm Friday
CSBAKER
UCLA
 
Final
ROC 8
DUR 2
 
7:05pm Friday
SYR
DUR
 
6:35pm Saturday
SYR
DUR
 
5:05pm Sunday
SYR
DUR