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ST. LOUIS -- Yadier Molina lacks the gaudy offensive numbers of Albert Pujols, Troy Glaus and first-time All-Star Ryan Ludwick. In the clutch, however, there's nobody the St. Louis Cardinals would rather have at the plate.
"I just think he's immune to pressure," manager Tony La Russa said after Molina's two-run single with the bases loaded broke an eighth-inning tie in an 11-7 victory over the San Diego Padres. "He's got a beautiful stroke, and he knows when to use it."
Greg Maddux allowed six runs in four innings for San Diego, the shortest outing for the 42-year-old right-hander since last September. He is 0-5 in 13 starts since May 16, tying the longest victory drought of his career, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
"First time I had a lead in a while and I made it last for what, five minutes," Maddux said. "I didn't hold up my side of the deal."
The Cardinals got home runs from Ludwick and Rick Ankiel, both tying the score.
Khalil Greene and Jody Gerut homered for the Padres, with Greene's second-inning drive off Braden Looper snapping an 0-for-23 drought. San Diego has lost four straight and seven of nine.
The Cardinals loaded the bases with one out in the eighth against Heath Bell (6-4), the last an infield hit by Ankiel when Bell was late covering the bag on a grounder to the right of first baseman Adrian Gonzalez. Molina, the Cardinals' top hitter with runners in scoring position with a .328 average, guided a soft liner past the glove of diving second baseman Edgar Gonzalez.
"I don't want to strike out in that situation, I just want to make contact and hopefully I find a hole," Molina said. "Maybe it's because I'm concentrating to hit the ball. I don't try to hit a home run."
Padres manager Bud Black said at least some of the damage could have been averted with better defense on Ankiel's roller.
"You'd like to think you can get an out on that ball," Black said. "I'm not quite sure what happened."
Pinch-hitter Chris Duncan and Aaron Miles added two-out RBI singles in the four-run eighth for the Cardinals, who have won three straight and are 4-1 against the Padres this season. Kyle McClellan (2-4) allowed a walk in a scoreless eighth.
Ankiel tied it at 7 with his 22nd homer leading off the seventh against Joe Thatcher, driving a full-count pitch well over the right-field wall after fouling off six pitches in a 12-pitch at-bat. He has a team-leading 16 RBI this month.
"Great at-bat," Ludwick said. "Every day he does something that seems to amaze you."
Glaus had two hits and is 16-for-28 (.571) with four homers during a seven-game hitting streak, but he struck out with the bases loaded and the Cardinals trailing 7-6 to end the sixth.
Gerut's two-run homer gave the Padres a 6-3 lead in the fourth, and came on the first pitch after the St. Louis defense botched Maddux' sacrifice bunt with two throwing errors to allow the go-ahead run to score. Molina, the catcher, threw wildly to third to try to get Nick Hundley, and first baseman Albert Pujols threw wildly to second trying to get Maddux, who made it to third on a bunt that traveled about five feet down the third-base line.
Ludwick's three-run shot tied it in the fourth with the Cardinals getting three straight two-out hits.
Maddux's start was his shortest since he lasted 3 2/3 innings against Colorado on Sept. 23, 2007. The Padres have won six times during the 13-start drought and Maddux has six quality starts, but he's also surrendered six or more runs in three of his last five outings while giving up 24 earned runs in 27 1/3 innings in that span.
Ankiel added a two-run single in the first and is 6-for-10 against the Padres with six RBI.
Looper gave up six runs in three innings, tied for his shortest outing of the year, and is 0-2 in his last four starts.
|Players of the Game|
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|San Diego Padres|
|Jody Gerut, CF||4||2||3||2||1||0||0||.282|
|Edgar Gonzalez, 2B||4||1||2||0||0||1||1||.306|
|Brian Giles, RF||4||1||3||1||1||0||1||.303|
|Adrian Gonzalez, 1B||5||0||1||1||0||0||4||.278|
|Kevin Kouzmanoff, 3B||5||0||1||1||0||3||4||.276|
|Chase Headley, LF||4||0||0||0||0||1||2||.267|
|Khalil Greene, SS||4||1||1||1||0||2||2||.214|
|Heath Bell, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Cla Meredith, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Nick Hundley, C||4||1||1||0||0||3||0||.208|
|Greg Maddux, P||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||.065|
|Bryan Corey, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Chip Ambres, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.182|
|Mike Adams, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Joe Thatcher, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Luis Rodriguez, SS||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.133|
|a-grounded out for Corey in the 6th|
|2B - Nick Hundley (2, Looper)|
|HR - Jody Gerut (5, Looper), Khalil Greene (9, Looper)|
|SH - Greg Maddux (6)|
|RBI - Jody Gerut 2 (20), Brian Giles (31), Adrian Gonzalez (72), Kevin Kouzmanoff (41), Khalil Greene (33)|
|CS - Jody Gerut (4, 2nd base by McClellan/Molina)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|San Diego Padres|
|Mike Adams (H,2)||1||1||0||0||2||2||0||2.27|
|Heath Bell (L,6-4)||1||4||4||4||2||2||0||2.81|
|WP - Cla Meredith (1)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Greg Maddux 57-42, Bryan Corey 13-8, Mike Adams 27-15, Joe Thatcher 20-15, Heath Bell 38-23, Cla Meredith 10-6|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Greg Maddux 4-4, Bryan Corey 1-2, Joe Thatcher 1-1, Heath Bell 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Greg Maddux 21, Bryan Corey 4, Mike Adams 6, Joe Thatcher 4, Heath Bell 9, Cla Meredith 3|
|St. Louis Cardinals|
|Skip Schumaker, LF||5||1||2||0||1||2||2||.294|
|Ryan Ludwick, RF||6||1||2||3||0||4||5||.289|
|Albert Pujols, 1B||4||2||3||0||1||0||0||.354|
|Troy Glaus, 3B||4||2||2||0||1||1||5||.282|
|Rick Ankiel, CF||5||1||3||3||0||1||3||.278|
|Yadier Molina, C||5||1||1||2||0||0||3||.310|
|Cesar Izturis, SS||4||2||1||0||1||0||1||.233|
|Braden Looper, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.343|
|Brad Thompson, P||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.167|
|Ron Villone, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Adam Kennedy, PH-2B||2||0||0||0||0||0||1||.276|
|Kyle McClellan, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Chris Duncan, PH||1||0||1||1||0||0||0||.255|
|Jason Isringhausen, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Brendan Ryan, 2B||2||1||1||1||1||0||0||.250|
|Russ Springer, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|c- Aaron Miles, PH-2B||1||0||1||1||1||0||0||.319|
|a-lined out for Villone in the 6th|
|b-singled for McClellan in the 8th|
|c-walked for Springer in the 7th|
|2B - Troy Glaus (24, Maddux)|
|HR - Ryan Ludwick (22, Maddux), Rick Ankiel (22, Thatcher)|
|SH - Braden Looper (6)|
|RBI - Ryan Ludwick 3 (68), Rick Ankiel 3 (54), Yadier Molina 2 (33), Chris Duncan (27), Brendan Ryan (8), Aaron Miles (19)|
|2-OUT RBI - Ryan Ludwick 3 (28), Rick Ankiel 2 (23), Chris Duncan (9), Aaron Miles (9)|
|SB - Cesar Izturis 2 (10, 3rd base off Maddux/Hundley, 2nd base off Thatcher/Hundley)|
|Team LOB - 12|
|DP - Pujols-Izturis-Villone|
|E - Yadier Molina (7, Throwing), Albert Pujols (3, Throwing)|
|St. Louis Cardinals|
|Kyle McClellan (W,2-4)||1||0||0||0||1||1||0||2.85|
|HBP - Ed. Gonzalez (by Braden Looper)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Braden Looper 68-45, Brad Thompson 41-30, Ron Villone 10-5, Russ Springer 13-10, Kyle McClellan 14-7, Jason Isringhausen 20-13|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Braden Looper 1-7, Brad Thompson 2-1, Ron Villone 1-0, Kyle McClellan 1-0, Jason Isringhausen 2-0|
|Batters Faced - Braden Looper 19, Brad Thompson 10, Ron Villone 2, Russ Springer 3, Kyle McClellan 3, Jason Isringhausen 4|
|Attendance - 44398|
|Game Time - 3:21|
|Temperature - 90|
|Umpires - Home - Brian Gorman, First Base - Bruce Dreckman, Second Base - Brian Knight, Third Base - Gerry Davis|