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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 series.

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 Miller's outing.

The Padres trailed by a run heading into the sixth but scored a pair to go ahead.

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.

Game Notes

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

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Scoreboard
Local
2nd Intermission
CHI 4
CAR 0
 
2nd
SAV 45
NCCU 56
 
Final
MIA 7
FIU 2
 
Final
DET 12
FLASO 2
 
Final
PHI 103
TOR 114
Final
BRK 110
GSW 108
4th
MIA 108
PHO 92
 
4th
MIN 100
LAC 102
 
3rd
DAL 78
NOP 71
 
Final
TEX 61
BAY 59
 
Final
SYR 47
UVA 59
Final
SHSU 76
CARK 49
 
Final
NWST 92
SELA 79
 
Final
NCAT 67
COOK 50
 
1st OT
HOW 58
NORST 59
 
Final
DELST 85
HAMP 75
 
Final
STEPH 83
INCWORD 62
 
Final
MCNST 70
LAM 69
 
Final
NO 79
NICST 89
 
2nd
SAV 45
NCCU 56
 
2nd
ALAAM 51
TXSOU 58
 
2nd
VT 36
BC 52
 
2nd
MVSU 41
GRAM 48
 
2nd
ISU 36
OKLA 48
 
2nd
ALAST 38
PVU 44
 
1st
ARKPB 34
JST 29
 
Final
NYR 4
NAS 1
2nd Intermission
CHI 4
CAR 0
 
1st
SJS 1
MON 0