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Padres' J. Hairston plays hero again with walk-off HR in 13th

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SAN DIEGO -- Jerry Hairston Jr. watched Albert Pujols crush a ball that ended up being caught in Petco Park's vast center field.

An inning-and-a-half later, with two outs in the 13th, Hairston lined a shot that cleared the fence in left-center to give the San Diego Padres a 2-1 victory against the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday night.

"I knew I hit it well, but this ballpark sometimes holds these balls," Hairston said. "I'm glad it went over. Everybody knows this park is really, really tough. There's reasons why we have one-run ballgames at night here. It's so hard to hit."

Hairston connected on the first pitch he saw from Mitchell Boggs (0-2), the Cardinals' seventh pitcher. It was his second.

His first came on Tuesday night, when his second-inning shot -- also with two outs -- carried the Padres to a 1-0 victory.

"I know Boggsy; he throws extremely hard," Hairston said. "I didn't want to get behind on him because he can elevate or come in with a fastball, so I just wanted to get a good pitch to hit. I was able to get one and put it in play hard. Fortunately, it went over the wall."

"I had two quick outs and I was trying to go right after him," Boggs said. "I made a bad pitch, left it up, and you have to credit him for putting a good swing on it and stepping up in a big moment."

Hairston "took some good swings tonight throughout the course of the game," manager Bud Black said. "He squared that one up. That was well struck."

Edward Mujica (2-0) pitched two perfect innings for the victory.

"Boy, it was a long game," said Hairston, who played all 13 innings at shortstop. "Man, I'm glad it's over. I'm tired."

The Cardinals got back-to-back singles by Colby Rasmus and Yadier Molina opening the 11th, but the rally was snuffed by a double play.

Rasmus, who was on third, broke for home when Skip Schumaker hit a grounder to second baseman David Eckstein. He threw home, and catcher Yorvit Torrealba ran Rasmus back toward third before tagging him out. He then flipped the ball to shortstop Jerry Hairston Jr., who tagged Molina trying to take third. Ryan Ludwick flied out to center to end the inning.

San Diego closer Heath Bell was one strike away from earning his 14th save in 16 chances when he allowed Ludwick's single to center to bring in Schumaker, who had doubled to center. Luis Durango couldn't keep Schumaker's sinking liner in front of him. He tried to make a sliding catch but the ball bounced over his head.

"To our credit, we battled back in the ninth," Boggs said. "That's why it's so difficult to be the guy who couldn't get it done in the end."

Luke Gregerson and Mike Adams each pitched a perfect inning ahead of Bell.

Pinch-hitter Matt Stairs doubled in Adrian Gonzalez from first base with two outs in the eighth inning to give San Diego a 1-0 lead.

Gonzalez hit a leadoff single to center off Kyle McClellan, who then struck out Chase Headley and got Torrealba to fly out to center. Stairs, pinch-hitting for Adams, hit McClellan's first pitch into the gap in left-center field. The ball rolled all the way to the wall, allowing Gonzalez to score.

Stairs is 3 for 17 with three RBI as a pinch-hitter this year.

The Padres loaded the bases with two outs in the fifth inning on a bunt single by Durango and consecutive walks by Eckstein and Gonzalez before Headley took a called third strike to end the threat.

The Padres threw out two Cardinals baserunners in the first. Felipe Lopez drew a leadoff walk and Torrealba threw him out trying to steal second. The inning ended when Durango threw out John Jay trying to score on David Freese's single.

Both starters threw six scoreless innings. San Diego's Kevin Correia allowed five hits, walked six and struck out five, and St. Louis' Jaime Garcia allowed three hits, walked four and struck out three.

Notes

  • Padres radio broadcaster Jerry Coleman, 85, a former big league second baseman and manager, had a pacemaker implanted on Wednesday. He's expected to return home Thursday and be back on Friday. Coleman played for the New York Yankees from 1949-57 and was on six World Series teams. He managed the Padres in 1980.
  • Padres RHP Tim Stauffer threw a bullpen session 15 days after having his appendix removed. Manager Bud Black said Stauffer will throw at least two more bullpens before coming off the disabled list.
  • Padres SS Everth Cabrera is listed as day to day with a right hamstring injury that's in a different spot than the one that put him on the DL earlier this season.
  • Cardinals pitcher Kyle Lohse got a second opinion on his right forearm. He had an MRI on Monday that revealed inflammation but no structural damage.
 
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Padres first-base coach Glenn Hoffman is all smiles as Jerry Hairston Jr. begins his tour of the bases.  (AP)
Padres first-base coach Glenn Hoffman is all smiles as Jerry Hairston Jr. begins his tour of the bases. (AP)

Players of the Game
San Diego

J. Hairston
AB 5
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 1
St. Louis

S. Schumaker
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 0
 
St. Louis Cardinals
Felipe Lopez, SS-3B4010220 .273
Jon Jay, RF4010000 .258
    Kyle McClellan, P00000001.000
   a- Nick Stavinoha, PH1000012 .297
    Trever Miller, P0000000 .000
    Jason Motte, P0000000 .000
    Dennys Reyes, P0000000 .000
    Joe Mather, RF1000010 .196
Albert Pujols, 1B4000210 .306
Matt Holliday, LF6000025 .279
David Freese, 3B6010042 .310
    Mitchell Boggs, P0000000 .000
Colby Rasmus, CF4010220 .261
Yadier Molina, C5020022 .264
Skip Schumaker, 2B5120001 .244
Jaime Garcia, P2010001 .111
   b- Ryan Ludwick, PH-RF3011011 .277
    Ryan Franklin, P0000000 .000
    Brendan Ryan, SS0000000 .175
Totals451101616  
a-struck out for McClellan in the 9th
b-struck out for Garcia in the 7th
Batting
2B - Skip Schumaker 2 (9, Correia, Bell)
RBI - Ryan Ludwick (19)
2-OUT RBI - Ryan Ludwick (7)
SB - Colby Rasmus (6, 2nd base off Webb/Torrealba)
CS - Felipe Lopez (1, 2nd base by Correia/Torrealba)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
PB - Yadier Molina (2)
St. Louis Cardinals
Jaime Garcia 6300430 1.14
Kyle McClellan 2311020 2.11
Trever Miller 0.1000100 3.60
Jason Motte 0.2000020 3.06
Dennys Reyes 1100020 0.59
Ryan Franklin 2000000 2.01
Mitchell Boggs (L,0-2) 0.2111001 4.05
HBP - Hairston (by Ryan Franklin)
WP - Jaime Garcia (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Jaime Garcia 92-61, Kyle McClellan 41-24, Trever Miller 6-2, Jason Motte 9-6, Dennys Reyes 20-13, Ryan Franklin 33-23, Mitchell Boggs 7-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jaime Garcia 10-5, Kyle McClellan 3-1, Dennys Reyes 1-0, Ryan Franklin 3-3, Mitchell Boggs 2-0
Batters Faced - Jaime Garcia 25, Kyle McClellan 9, Trever Miller 2, Jason Motte 2, Dennys Reyes 4, Ryan Franklin 7, Mitchell Boggs 3
San Diego Padres
Luis Durango, CF5010012 .167
    Ryan Webb, P0000000 .000
   a- Nick Hundley, PH1000001 .253
    Edward Mujica, P0000000 .000
David Eckstein, 2B5010112 .299
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B5110111 .274
Chase Headley, 3B6010025 .277
Yorvit Torrealba, C5000122 .271
Oscar Salazar, LF3010011 .220
    Luke Gregerson, P0000000 .000
    Mike Adams, P0000000 .000
   b- Matt Stairs, PH1011000 .184
    Heath Bell, P0000000 .000
    Tony Gwynn Jr., CF2000001 .177
Jerry Hairston Jr., SS5111003 .234
Chris Denorfia, RF-LF2010200 .292
Kevin Correia, P2000002 .188
    Will Venable, RF3000011 .230
Totals4528259  
a-grounded out for Webb in the 11th
b-doubled for Adams in the 8th
Batting
2B - Matt Stairs (3, McClellan)
HR - Jerry Hairston Jr. (2, Boggs)
SH - Chris Denorfia (1)
RBI - Matt Stairs (6), Jerry Hairston Jr. (14)
2-OUT RBI - Matt Stairs (2), Jerry Hairston Jr. (7)
SB - Chris Denorfia (1, 2nd base off McClellan/Molina)
Team LOB - 12
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Luis Durango 1
DP - Eckstein-Torrealba-Hairston
San Diego Padres
Kevin Correia 6500650 4.03
Luke Gregerson 1000020 1.82
Mike Adams 1000020 3.38
Heath Bell (BS,3) 1311030 1.29
Ryan Webb 2200010 0.82
Edward Mujica (W,2-0) 2000030 3.13
IBB - Pujols by Kevin Correia
Pitches-Strikes - Kevin Correia 105-57, Luke Gregerson 12-10, Mike Adams 17-11, Heath Bell 27-20, Ryan Webb 30-20, Edward Mujica 16-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kevin Correia 6-4, Mike Adams 1-0, Ryan Webb 3-1, Edward Mujica 1-2
Batters Faced - Kevin Correia 26, Luke Gregerson 3, Mike Adams 3, Heath Bell 6, Ryan Webb 7, Edward Mujica 6
Game Information
Attendance - 19752
Game Time - 4:13
Temperature - 67
Umpires - Home - Dan Iassogna, First Base - Dale Scott, Second Base - Jerry Meals, Third Base - Mark Wegner