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Molina, Pujols and Cardinals rout Padres 14-4

Sep 18, 2010 - 4:59 AM ST. LOUIS(AP) -- Yadier Molina and the St. Louis Cardinals picked a perfect time for a banner game at the plate while the San Diego Padres got a rough outing from one of their best pitchers at a key point in the season.

Molina went 4 for 4 with a career-high five RBIs and the Cardinals pounded out a season-high 19 hits in a 14-4 victory against San Diego on Friday night.

The Cardinals have won two straight to move within six games of NL Central-leading Cincinnati, which lost 5-3 at Houston.

St. Louis, which has 16 games left on its schedule, also set a season high for runs.

"It was a very timely outbreak," manager Tony La Russa said. "Big hits with men in scoring position."

The Padres fell 1 1/2 games behind wild card-leading Atlanta, which beat the New York Mets 6-4. They remained a half-game back of San Francisco in the NL West after the Giants lost 3-0 to Milwaukee.

San Diego led the division by 6 1/2 games after beating Arizona on Aug. 25 but has dropped 16 of 22 since.

Matt Holliday homered and drove in three runs for the Cardinals. Albert Pujols added three hits and two RBIs. Colby Rasmus had three hits and scored four times.

"It's good to feel this way," Molina said. "We did it tonight - big hits."

St. Louis has won 11 consecutive games against San Diego at Busch Stadium, tying the longest active streak in the major leagues. San Francisco has won 11 in a row at home over Texas, and Toronto has an 11-game home winning streak against Baltimore.

The Cardinals handed rookie Mat Latos the worst loss of his career. Latos (14-7) lasted just 1 1-3 innings and gave up eight runs.

Latos recently set a major league record with 15 consecutive starts of allowing two runs or less in five innings or more. That streak ended when he gave up five runs in four innings during a 14-6 loss to San Francisco on Sunday.

San Diego manager Bud Black said Latos seems fine to him.

"They took advantage of some pitches up in the zone," he said. "It was their night."

Latos said fatigue is not a factor in his recent struggles.

"I'm still throwing 97 (mph)," Latos said. "My body feels fine. My arm feels fine. I just got hit."

Kyle Lohse (4-7) allowed three runs and seven hits in five innings for St. Louis. He underwent surgery for a nerve compression problem in his right forearm earlier in the season and spent 84 days on the disabled list.

"I'm just trying to finish the season strong and get some momentum for the end of the year," Lohse said. "I felt like I'm making progress."

Molina highlighted a five-run outburst in the second with a bases-loaded single that brought in two runs and pushed the lead to 7-2. His double in the opening inning put St. Louis up 3-1. Molina, who tied a career high with his four hits, added a run-scoring double in the fourth and an RBI single in the sixth.

Holliday hit his 27th homer, a solo shot, off Wade LeBlanc in the sixth.

Miguel Tejada hit his 299th career homer in the first to give San Diego a 1-0 lead.

Cardinals closer Ryan Franklin returned to the team and gave up a solo homer to Chase Headley in the ninth. Franklin had been at home in Oklahoma for a few days on personal business.

NOTES: Adrian Gonzalez is 2 for 20 against the Cardinals this season. ... San Diego RHP Chris Young will make his first start since April 6 on Saturday. Young missed 144 games with a right shoulder strain. Black says Young will be limited to around 75 pitches. "He's excited about it and we're excited for him," Black said. ... The Cardinals were 10 of 21 with runners in scoring position.






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    Padres 4, Cardinals 14  FinalSep 20 11:17 PM


  • Cardinals 14, Padres 4 - FINAL
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    J Hairston Jr. 2b 4 0 0 0 0 0 2 .244
    O Salazar 2b 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .233
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    E Cabrera ss 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .210
    A Gonzalez 1b 4 0 1 0 0 1 1 .306
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    Sep 17 11:10 PM


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    AT ST LOUIS - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY CHASE HEADLEY (11) TO CENTER WITH 0 OUT IN
    THE 9TH OFF RYAN FRANKLIN.
    CURRENT SCORE: SAN DIEGO 4, ST LOUIS 14
    DUE UP FOR SAN DIEGO: Y TORREALBA (.278, 1-FOR-3)

    Padres 4, Cardinals 14  Top 9, 0 OutsSep 17 11:02 PM


  • NL
    AT ST LOUIS - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY SKIP SCHUMAKER SCORED PEDRO FELIZ
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, S SCHUMAKER ON SECOND, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: SAN DIEGO 3
    ST LOUIS 14 BOTTOM,8TH
    DUE UP FOR ST LOUIS: R WINN (.269, 0-FOR-1)

    Padres 3, Cardinals 14  Bot 8, 0 OutsSep 17 10:56 PM


  • NL
    AT ST LOUIS - SCORING UPDATE
    GROUND OUT BY BRENDAN RYAN SCORED NICK STAVINOHA
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, P FELIZ ON SECOND, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: SAN DIEGO 3
    ST LOUIS 13 BOTTOM,8TH
    DUE UP FOR ST LOUIS: S SCHUMAKER (.270, 1-FOR-4, BB)

    Padres 3, Cardinals 13  Bot 8, 0 OutsSep 17 10:53 PM


  • NL
    AT ST LOUIS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY PEDRO FELIZ SCORED COLBY RASMUS
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, P FELIZ ON FIRST, N STAVINOHA ON SECOND, 0 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: SAN DIEGO 3
    ST LOUIS 12 BOTTOM,8TH
    DUE UP FOR ST LOUIS: A MILES (.294, 0-FOR-1)

    Padres 3, Cardinals 12  Bot 8, 0 OutsSep 17 10:48 PM


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    AT ST LOUIS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY YADIER MOLINA SCORED COLBY RASMUS
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, Y MOLINA ON FIRST, 0 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: SAN DIEGO 3
    ST LOUIS 11 BOTTOM,6TH
    DUE UP FOR ST LOUIS: P FELIZ (.217, 5 HR, 37 RBI)

    Padres 3, Cardinals 11  Bot 6, 0 OutsSep 17 10:19 PM


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    AT ST LOUIS - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY MATT HOLLIDAY (27) TO CENTER WITH 0 OUT IN
    THE 6TH OFF WADE LEBLANC.
    CURRENT SCORE: SAN DIEGO 3, ST LOUIS 10
    DUE UP FOR ST LOUIS: C RASMUS (.273, 1-FOR-2, BB)

    Padres 3, Cardinals 10  Bot 6, 0 OutsSep 17 10:17 PM


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    AT ST LOUIS - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY YADIER MOLINA SCORED COLBY RASMUS
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, Y MOLINA ON SECOND, 0 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: SAN DIEGO 3
    ST LOUIS 9 BOTTOM,4TH
    DUE UP FOR ST LOUIS: T GREENE (.229, 1-FOR-1, BB, RBI)

    Padres 3, Cardinals 9  Bot 4, 0 OutsSep 17 9:53 PM
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    Padres 3, Cardinals 8  Top 4, 0 OutsSep 17 9:47 PM


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    AT ST LOUIS - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY AARON CUNNINGHAM SCORED RYAN LUDWICK
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, A CUNNINGHAM ON SECOND, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: SAN DIEGO 3
    ST LOUIS 8 TOP,4TH
    DUE UP FOR SAN DIEGO: K CORREIA (.136, 0 HR, 5 RBI)

    Padres 3, Cardinals 8  Top 4, 0 OutsSep 17 9:45 PM


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    AT ST LOUIS - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY TYLER GREENE SCORED COLBY RASMUS
    SITUATION: 5 RUNS IN, T GREENE ON SECOND, Y MOLINA ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: SAN DIEGO 2
    ST LOUIS 8 BOTTOM,2ND
    DUE UP FOR ST LOUIS: K LOHSE (.207, 0-FOR-1)

    Padres 2, Cardinals 8  Bot 2, 0 OutsSep 17 9:18 PM


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    AT ST LOUIS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY YADIER MOLINA SCORED MATT HOLLIDAY AND ALBERT
    PUJOLS
    SITUATION: 4 RUNS IN, Y MOLINA ON FIRST, C RASMUS ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: SAN DIEGO 2
    ST LOUIS 7 BOTTOM,2ND
    DUE UP FOR ST LOUIS: T GREENE (.220, 0-FOR-0, BB)

    Padres 2, Cardinals 7  Bot 2, 0 OutsSep 17 9:14 PM


  • NL
    AT ST LOUIS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY MATT HOLLIDAY SCORED JON JAY
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, M HOLLIDAY ON FIRST, A PUJOLS ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: SAN DIEGO 2
    ST LOUIS 5 BOTTOM,2ND
    DUE UP FOR ST LOUIS: C RASMUS (.271, 0-FOR-1)

    Padres 2, Cardinals 5  Bot 2, 0 OutsSep 17 9:09 PM


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    AT ST LOUIS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY ALBERT PUJOLS SCORED BRENDAN RYAN
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, A PUJOLS ON FIRST, J JAY ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: SAN DIEGO 2
    ST LOUIS 4 BOTTOM,2ND
    DUE UP FOR ST LOUIS: M HOLLIDAY (.309, 0-FOR-1, RBI)

    Padres 2, Cardinals 4  Bot 2, 0 OutsSep 17 9:07 PM


  • NL
    AT ST LOUIS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY WILL VENABLE SCORED YORVIT TORREALBA
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, W VENABLE ON FIRST, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: SAN DIEGO 2
    ST LOUIS 3 TOP,2ND
    DUE UP FOR SAN DIEGO: J HAIRSTON JR. (.246, 0-FOR-1)

    Padres 2, Cardinals 3  Top 2, 0 OutsSep 17 8:52 PM


  • NL
    AT ST LOUIS - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY YADIER MOLINA SCORED ALBERT PUJOLS
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, Y MOLINA ON SECOND, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: SAN DIEGO 1
    ST LOUIS 3 BOTTOM,1ST
    DUE UP FOR ST LOUIS: T GREENE (.220, 2 HR, 8 RBI)

    Padres 1, Cardinals 3  Bot 1, 0 OutsSep 17 8:39 PM


  • NL
    AT ST LOUIS - SCORING UPDATE
    GROUND OUT BY MATT HOLLIDAY SCORED JON JAY
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, A PUJOLS ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: SAN DIEGO 1
    ST LOUIS 2 BOTTOM,1ST
    DUE UP FOR ST LOUIS: C RASMUS (.271, 22 HR, 62 RBI)

    Padres 1, Cardinals 2  Bot 1, 0 OutsSep 17 8:35 PM


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    AT ST LOUIS - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY ALBERT PUJOLS SCORED SKIP SCHUMAKER
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, A PUJOLS ON SECOND, J JAY ON THIRD, 0 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: SAN DIEGO 1
    ST LOUIS 1 BOTTOM,1ST
    DUE UP FOR ST LOUIS: M HOLLIDAY (.309, 26 HR, 95 RBI)

    Padres 1, Cardinals 1  Bot 1, 0 OutsSep 17 8:31 PM


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    SAN DIEGO 1 1 2 0
    ST LOUIS 0 0 0 (BOT 1)


    CURRENT PITCHERS: SDG - MAT LATOS
    STL - KYLE LOHSE

    DUE UP FOR ST LOUIS: S SCHUMAKER (.270, 5 HR, 39 RBI)
    J JAY (.315, 4 HR, 26 RBI)
    A PUJOLS (.306, 39 HR, 105 RBI)

    Padres 1, Cardinals 0  Bot 1, 0 OutsSep 17 8:25 PM