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Cardinals jump all over Padres with 11-run first, romp 15-5

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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ST. LOUIS -- After losing three straight for the first time all season, the St. Louis Cardinals left nothing to chance.

Scott Rolen had four RBI, and David Eckstein had two hits and an RBI in an 11-run first inning as the Cardinals avoided a four-game sweep by beating the San Diego Padres 15-5 Sunday.

"It's one of those innings where things just went right," Rolen said. "I had a nice opportunity to make two outs in that inning, possibly a third."

The Padres, who had won six straight, have never swept a four-game series in St. Louis. Any thoughts they had of that Sunday were quickly dashed when the Cardinals had their fifth 11-run inning in 10 seasons. The team record is 12.

"A loss is a loss," Mark Sweeney said. "We played great this whole series, and even looking at today we got behind early but we kept on fighting."

Larry Walker homered, doubled, singled and had two RBIs for St. Louis, which lost the previous two games by one run and is 9-8 at home contrasted with a 10-3 road record. Walker, who played most of his career for the Colorado Rockies, singled and was hit by a pitch in the first.

"I couldn't believe I was getting up again," Walker said. "That's Coors Fieldish."

The big first inning took all the pressure off Jason Marquis, who worked six solid innings and helped the Cardinals end their first three-game losing streak of the season. He also drew a bases-loaded walk in the first.

Padres starter Tim Redding (0-5) allowed eight of the runs. He gave up five hits and three walks in two-thirds of an inning before leaving with a sore shoulder after facing 10 batters. The team said he'll return to San Diego for further examination.

Redding said he felt a pinch in his shoulder in his last start on Tuesday against the Rockies and tried to pitch through it.

"I've never had an arm problem that's required severe medical attention," Redding said. "There's a first time for everything but it's a little nerve-racking and scary."

The first five batters to face reliever Randy Williams reached base safely.

Rolen had a RBI groundout and a three-run double that deflected off the glove of a leaping Ryan Klesko near the left-field wall in the first. Eckstein opened the inning with a double and followed with an RBI single.

Marquis (5-1) won his 20th game in a little more than a season and a month with the Cardinals, allowing four runs and six hits in six innings. He held the Padres hitless until Jesse Garcia and Klesko homered on consecutive at-bats with one out in the fourth.

Right-hander Brad Thompson earned a save by working three innings in his major league debut. Robert Fick homered off Thompson in the ninth.

Brian Giles added a two-run homer in the sixth for San Diego, and Abraham Nunez and Reggie Sanders homered on consecutive pitches off Chris Hammond in the seventh for St. Louis.

Notes

  • The last time the Cardinals scored 11 runs in an inning was Sept. 6, 2002, against the Chicago Cubs. The last 11-run first inning was also against the Cubs on Aug. 7, 1998.
  • St. Louis scored 12 in the third inning against Philadelphia in a doubleheader opener on Sept. 15, 1926.
  • The Cardinals have outscored the opposition 53-18 the first two innings.
  • The Padres have hit 10 homers in five games.
  • Marquis, who singled in the sixth, is 6-for-18 on the year with four RBI.
  • The Cardinals are 35-11 against the Padres since 1999 and have won 20 of the last 25 at Busch Stadium.
  • The Padres' winning streak was their best since a nine-game run from July 30-Aug. 13, 2000.
  • Cardinals C Yadier Molina was helped off the field by trainers after spraining his left ankle on the first-base bag, running out the last out of the seventh. The throw from SS Damian Jackson was off line, drawing Sweeney to the other side of first base. The team will wait a day to assess the injury but is recalling C Mike Mahoney from Triple-A Memphis as insurance. Molina thought he'd be out only a few days but La Russa cautioned that "Yadier doesn't know."
 
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Players of the Game
St. Louis

D. Eckstein
AB 6
R 3
H 3
HR 0
RBI 2
St. Louis

J. Marquis
IP 6.0
H 6
ER 4
BB 1
K 3
 
San Diego Padres
Dave Roberts, CF4000000 .246
    Chris Hammond, P0000000 .000
    Scott Linebrink, P1000001 .000
Mark Loretta, 2B1000000 .281
    Jesse Garcia, 2B3111002 .167
Ryan Klesko, LF4221010 .255
Phil Nevin, 1B1000000 .256
    Mark Sweeney, 1B2000101 .310
Brian Giles, RF-CF4122000 .223
Ramon Hernandez, C1000000 .283
    Robert Fick, C-RF3111011 .333
Xavier Nady, 3B4000012 .240
Damian Jackson, SS3010100 .250
Tim Redding, P0000000 .000
    Randall Williams, P1000000 .000
   a- Dennys Reyes, PH-P1000011 .000
   b- Miguel Ojeda, PH-RF^C2010011 .259
Totals35585259 
a-struck out for Williams in the 5th
b-struck out for Reyes in the 7th
Batting
HR - Jesse Garcia (2, Marquis), Ryan Klesko (7, Marquis), Brian Giles (5, Marquis), Robert Fick (1, Thompson)
RBI - Jesse Garcia (4), Ryan Klesko (17), Brian Giles 2 (20), Robert Fick (1)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Jackson-Garcia-Sweeney
PB - Ramon Hernandez (1)
San Diego Padres
Tim Redding (L,0-5) 0.2588300 8.76
Randall Williams 3.1655311 12.46
Dennys Reyes 2200100 2.57
Chris Hammond 1322012 2.12
Scott Linebrink 1100000 4.05
HBP - Walker (by Randall Williams)
Pitches-Strikes - Tim Redding 33-12, Randall Williams 67-38, Dennys Reyes 27-16, Chris Hammond 15-12, Scott Linebrink 18-15
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tim Redding 1-1, Randall Williams 4-5, Dennys Reyes 3-2, Chris Hammond 1-1
Batters Faced - Tim Redding 10, Randall Williams 20, Dennys Reyes 8, Chris Hammond 6, Scott Linebrink 4
St. Louis Cardinals
David Eckstein, SS6332002 .282
Larry Walker, RF3332000 .273
   a- So Taguchi, PH-RF^CF2000001 .267
Albert Pujols, 1B5212112 .331
Jim Edmonds, CF3121100 .292
   b- Roger Cedeno, PH-RF1000000 .147
Scott Rolen, 3B3114111 .262
   c- Abraham Nunez, PH-3B1111000 .308
Reggie Sanders, LF3121201 .247
Mark Grudzielanek, 2B4110102 .311
Yadier Molina, C5120005 .200
    Einar Diaz, C0000000 .400
Jason Marquis, P3111101 .333
    Brad Thompson, P1000000 .000
Totals401517147215 
a-flied out for Walker in the 6th
b-lined out for Edmonds in the 7th
c-homered for Rolen in the 7th
Batting
2B - David Eckstein (7, Redding), Larry Walker (6, Williams), Albert Pujols (11, Redding), Jim Edmonds (6, Williams), Scott Rolen (7, Williams), Mark Grudzielanek (10, Hammond)
HR - Larry Walker (4, Williams), Abraham Nunez (3, Hammond), Reggie Sanders (7, Hammond)
RBI - David Eckstein 2 (9), Larry Walker 2 (11), Albert Pujols 2 (23), Jim Edmonds (20), Scott Rolen 4 (18), Abraham Nunez (7), Reggie Sanders (16), Jason Marquis (4)
2-OUT RBI - David Eckstein 2 (5), Larry Walker 2 (7), Albert Pujols (6), Jim Edmonds (10), Scott Rolen 3 (10), Abraham Nunez (3), Reggie Sanders (10), Jason Marquis (1)
Team LOB - 9
St. Louis Cardinals
Jason Marquis (W,5-1) 6644133 3.26
Brad Thompson (S,1) 3211121 3.00
Pitches-Strikes - Jason Marquis 93-59, Brad Thompson 48-33
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jason Marquis 7-8, Brad Thompson 3-4
Batters Faced - Jason Marquis 25, Brad Thompson 12
Game Information
Attendance - 46444
Game Time - 2:41
Temperature - 82
Umpires - Home - Mike DiMuro, First Base - Mark Carlson, Second Base - Joe West, Third Base - Brian Gorman