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Garland outduels Wainwright; J. Hairston's HR accounts for only run

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SAN DIEGO -- Jon Garland believes getting out of a first-inning jam Tuesday night against the St. Louis Cardinals was the thin line between a victory and a loss.

He was probably right.

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Garland escaped a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the first inning with two strikeouts and went on to pitch seven strong innings to help the San Diego Padres to a 1-0 victory against the Cardinals.

Jerry Hairston Jr. hit a two-out home run in the second inning for the game's only run as Garland narrowly outpitched St. Louis' Adam Wainwright.

Garland struggled with his command in the first inning, throwing 29 pitches, before he struck out Colby Rasmus and David Freese to hold the Cardinals without a run.

"A tremendous lift," Garland said in describing the effect of the two strikeouts. "I don't want to say they let me off the hook, because they are out there battling. But it's a big pick-me-up for the whole team. Getting out it, the energy just picked everybody up."

Garland (6-2) won his sixth consecutive decision, holding the Cardinals to six hits and got two inning-ending double plays. The right-handed sinkerballer struck out seven, walked two and allowed only two fly ball outs as he lowered his ERA to 2.10.

"If he doesn't get out of the first inning, the whole complexion of the ball game could change," Hairston said. "But that's why he's our ace. He was struggling there, but he still found a way to get it down."

Felipe Lopez led off the game with a single. With one out, the slumping Albert Pujols hit a hard smash off the Garland's heel for an infield single. After Garland walked Matt Holliday to load the bases, he got Rasmus and Freese on strikes.

"Kind of all over the place where I couldn't find the strike zone," Garland said in describing the first inning.

"Bases loaded and we couldn't put the ball in play," Freese said. "He was real effective and did what he had to do to grab the win."

Wainwright (6-3) allowed one run and four hits over seven innings and tied his career-high with 12 strikeouts. Three of the strikeouts were of San Diego's Adrian Gonzalez, who tied his career high by striking out four times.

"As you got through the first couple of innings, you could sense that both pitchers felt they had to match each other," San Diego manager Bud Black said.

Hairston made Wainwright pay for one of his few mistakes when he hit a hanging curveball into the first row of the left-field stands.

"It was a little higher than I wanted it, maybe a little more in than I wanted it," Wainwright said. "But most of the time he's not getting it out. I definitely didn't expect it. But he put a good swing on it."

Hairston's home run was his first since Aug. 26 when he was with the New York Yankees. It was only the 50th of his major-league career, which began in 1998.

"We knew that he was going to be tough to hit," Hairston said. "We knew that we'd have to scratch and claw for runs. In this ballpark, it's tough to hit."

Mike Adams and Heath Bell pitched one inning apiece to combine for San Diego's major-league leading ninth shutout. Bell picked up his 13th save in 15 opportunities.

Pujols broke out of his slump by getting three singles in four at-bats. Pujols came into the game with three hits in his last 20 at-bats over six games. He hadn't driven in a run over his past nine games.

Garland, who had lost all three previous starts against St. Louis, has a 1.44 ERA during his six-game winning streak over seven starts. In four home starts this season, Garland is 3-0 with a 0.84 ERA.

After his single in the first, Pujols lined a single to left-center and hit a line drive in the sixth that was snared by third baseman Chase Headley before a soft ground-ball single to right field in the ninth.

Pujols has one homer and eight extra-base hits in 82 at-bats in May.

Notes

  • Garland's wininng streak is his longest since 2006 with the Chicago White Sox when he won eight straight from June 13 through Aug. 4.
  • Wainwright struck out 12 on July 1, against San Francisco.
  • Pujols, who hit .231 with one home run and three RBI in seven games against San Diego last season, had four hits in 24 at-bats (.167) with a solo home run in his previous six games at Petco Park.
  • The Padres recalled OF Luis Durango from Triple-A Portland.
 
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Jon Garland doesn't strike as many out as Adam Wainwright, but he's the one who picks up the win.  (AP)
Jon Garland doesn't strike as many out as Adam Wainwright, but he's the one who picks up the win. (AP)

Players of the Game
San Diego

J. Hairston
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
San Diego

J. Garland
IP 7.0
H 6
ER 0
BB 2
K 7
 

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St. Louis Cardinals
Felipe Lopez, SS4020000 .274
Ryan Ludwick, RF4000013 .276
    Dennys Reyes, P0000000 .000
Albert Pujols, 1B4030000 .314
Matt Holliday, LF3000112 .289
Colby Rasmus, CF4000025 .261
David Freese, 3B3010123 .316
Yadier Molina, C3000122 .259
Skip Schumaker, 2B3000001 .239
Adam Wainwright, P2010000 .111
   a- Jon Jay, PH-RF1000000 .259
Totals3107038  
a-flied out for Wainwright in the 8th
Batting
CS - David Freese (1, 2nd base by Garland/Torrealba)
Team LOB - 7
St. Louis Cardinals
Adam Wainwright (L,6-3) 74111121 2.38
Dennys Reyes 1000110 0.63
Pitches-Strikes - Adam Wainwright 102-67, Dennys Reyes 17-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Adam Wainwright 4-5, Dennys Reyes 1-1
Batters Faced - Adam Wainwright 26, Dennys Reyes 4
San Diego Padres
Will Venable, RF3010100 .235
David Eckstein, 2B4000001 .302
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B4000042 .277
Chase Headley, 3B3000021 .281
Yorvit Torrealba, C3010010 .288
Jerry Hairston Jr., SS3121010 .235
Chris Denorfia, LF3000022 .273
Tony Gwynn Jr., CF2000111 .180
Jon Garland, P2000022 .125
    Mike Adams, P0000000 .000
   a- Luis Durango, PH1000000 .000
    Heath Bell, P0000000 .000
Totals28141213  
a-flied out for Adams in the 8th
Batting
HR - Jerry Hairston Jr. (1, Wainwright)
RBI - Jerry Hairston Jr. (13)
2-OUT RBI - Jerry Hairston Jr. (6)
SB - Yorvit Torrealba (3, 2nd base off Wainwright/Molina)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Eckstein-Hairston-Gonzalez, Torrealba-Eckstein, Headley-Eckstein-Gonzalez
PB - Yorvit Torrealba (1)
San Diego Padres
Jon Garland (W,6-2) 7600270 2.10
Mike Adams (H,13) 1000000 3.54
Heath Bell (S,13) 1100110 0.90
Pitches-Strikes - Jon Garland 106-64, Mike Adams 9-6, Heath Bell 27-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jon Garland 8-3, Mike Adams 1-2, Heath Bell 1-1
Batters Faced - Jon Garland 26, Mike Adams 3, Heath Bell 5
Game Information
Attendance - 18236
Game Time - 2:30
Temperature - 66
Umpires - Home - Mark Wegner, First Base - Dan Iassogna, Second Base - Dale Scott, Third Base - Jerry Meals