National League Game Summary - St. Louis at San Diego|
(Monday, May 20th)
Final Score: San Diego 4, St. Louis 2
San Diego, CA (Sports Network) - Jason Marquis pitched six solid innings while
Jesus Guzman was hit by a pitch to force in the winning run as the San Diego
Padres took a 4-2 win over the St. Louis Cardinals to open a three-game
Marquis (6-2) gave up just two runs -- one earned -- on three hits with four
walks and three strikeouts to win his fifth straight start for the Padres, who
have won three straight and five of seven. Will Venable hit a solo home run
while Chris Denorfia went 3-for-4 with an RBI.
"I feel like I'm taking it one pitch at a time, trying to stay away from that
big inning and really focus on that pitch at that particular moment instead of
the big picture," Marquis said of his recent success.
Shelby Miller (5-3) gave up three runs on five hits in 5 2/3 innings for the
Cardinals, who had won five of seven coming into the game. Yadier Molina and
Carlos Beltran each scored a run in the loss.
"It was one of those games where they fouled off a lot of pitches again and
got his pitch count up and ran it up too high for him to really get himself
out of trouble late in the game," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said of
The Padres trailed by a run heading into the sixth but scored a pair to go
With one out, Carlos Quentin walked and, after Yonder Alonso flied out, Jedd
Gyorko walked to keep the frame alive. Fernando Salas then took over on the
mound, but Denorfia greeted him with a single to center to tie the game. John
Baker then drew a free pass, and Guzman forced home the go-ahead run when he
was hit in the right arm by a pitch for a 3-2 advantage.
Matt Adams nearly gave the Cardinals the lead back in the seventh as he
crushed a pitch with a man on first and two outs, but Venable made the catch
just in front of the wall to end the frame.
San Diego created some space in the seventh thanks to Venable, who led off the
frame by crushing an 0-1 pitch into the seats in right-center off of Mitchell
Boggs for his seventh home run of the season.
Joe Thatcher, who pitched the final out of the seventh, got Matt Carpenter to
fly out to start the eighth while Luke Gregerson set down Beltran and Matt
Holliday to end the frame.
Huston Street set the Cardinals down in order in the ninth, thanks in part to
a beautiful diving catch by Denorfia off an Allen Craig liner to left to start
the frame, for his 11th save of the year.
Chase Headley gave the Padres a 1-0 lead with an RBI single in the first
inning that scored Everth Cabrera, but he made an error on a Miller grounder
in the second, allowing Molina to score to tie the game.
Beltran doubled to start the second and moved to third when Holliday followed
with a single. Beltran then scored to move St. Louis in front, but it was on a
double play by Craig and Molina grounded out to end the frame.
Each team won three games in the series last season, all at home ... San Diego
relievers gave up just one hit and one walk over the final three innings.
05/21 03:13:58 ET