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Molina's bat fuels Cardinals to rout of Padres

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ST. LOUIS -- 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 RBI 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.

Postseason Chase

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 1½ 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 6½ 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 RBI. 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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Yadier Molina is feeling it at the plate. He finishes 4 for 4 and drives in a career-high five runs in the blowout. (US Presswire)
Yadier Molina is feeling it at the plate. He finishes 4 for 4 and drives in a career-high five runs in the blowout. (US Presswire)

Players of the Game
St. Louis

M. Holliday
AB 5
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
St. Louis

Y. Molina
AB 4
R 0
H 4
HR 0
RBI 5
 
San Diego Padres
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Will Venable, CF4031010 .235
Jerry Hairston Jr., 2B4000002 .244
    Oscar Salazar, 2B0000000 .233
Miguel Tejada, SS3111001 .269
    Everth Cabrera, SS1000010 .210
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B4010011 .306
    Chris Stewart, 1B0000000 .000
Ryan Ludwick, RF3120100 .265
    Chris Denorfia, RF0000000 .264
Chase Headley, 3B4111024 .265
Yorvit Torrealba, C3110012 .278
   a- Scott Hairston, PH1000000 .215
Aaron Cunningham, LF4011003 .313
Mat Latos, P0000000 .125
    Kevin Correia, P0000000 .136
   b- Mike Baxter, PH1000011 .000
    Wade LeBlanc, P0000000 .295
   c- Tony Gwynn Jr., PH1000010 .211
    Edward Mujica, P0000000 .000
   d- Luis Durango, PH1000001 .267
Totals34410418  
a-grounded out for Torrealba in the 9th
b-struck out for Correia in the 4th
c-struck out for LeBlanc in the 7th
d-grounded into a double play for Mujica in the 9th
Batting
2B - Adrian Gonzalez (31, Lohse), Aaron Cunningham (12, Lohse)
HR - Miguel Tejada (14, Lohse), Chase Headley (11, Franklin)
SH - Mat Latos (9)
RBI - Will Venable (49), Miguel Tejada (63), Chase Headley (55), Aaron Cunningham (15)
2-OUT RBI - Will Venable (9), Miguel Tejada (16), Aaron Cunningham (5)
CS - Will Venable (6, 2nd base by Lohse/Molina)
Team LOB - 5
San Diego Padres
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Mat Latos (L,14-7) 1.1988210 2.84
Kevin Correia 1.2100110 5.40
Wade LeBlanc 3433111 4.25
Edward Mujica 2533000 3.44
IBB - T. Greene by Mat Latos
Pitches-Strikes - Mat Latos 51-32, Kevin Correia 23-14, Wade LeBlanc 34-21, Edward Mujica 40-31
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mat Latos 1-2, Kevin Correia 1-3, Wade LeBlanc 2-6, Edward Mujica 3-3
Batters Faced - Mat Latos 15, Kevin Correia 7, Wade LeBlanc 14, Edward Mujica 11
St. Louis Cardinals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Skip Schumaker, 2B-RF5121101 .272
Jon Jay, RF3210101 .315
    Mitchell Boggs, P0000000 .000
   a- Randy Winn, PH-LF2000001 .250
Albert Pujols, 1B5232001 .309
    Ryan Franklin, P0000000 .000
Matt Holliday, LF5223002 .310
    Matt Pagnozzi, C0000000 .333
Colby Rasmus, CF4430101 .276
Yadier Molina, C4045000 .265
    Fernando Salas, P0000000 .000
   b- Nick Stavinoha, PH-1B1110000 .252
Tyler Greene, 3B2011101 .226
    Pedro Feliz, 3B2111001 .218
Kyle Lohse, P3000035 .194
    Aaron Miles, 2B2000001 .292
Brendan Ryan, SS5111004 .224
Totals4314191443  
a-grounded out for Boggs in the 7th
b-singled for Salas in the 8th
Batting
2B - Skip Schumaker (17, Mujica), Albert Pujols (36, Latos), Yadier Molina 2 (18, Latos, LeBlanc), Tyler Greene (3, Correia)
3B - Colby Rasmus (3, LeBlanc)
HR - Matt Holliday (27, LeBlanc)
RBI - Skip Schumaker (40), Albert Pujols 2 (107), Matt Holliday 3 (98), Yadier Molina 5 (62), Tyler Greene (9), Pedro Feliz (38), Brendan Ryan (32)
2-OUT RBI - Skip Schumaker (13), Yadier Molina (19)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Miles-Ryan-Pujols, Franklin-Miles-Stavinoha
E - Pedro Feliz (13, Misplayed grounder)
St. Louis Cardinals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Kyle Lohse (W,4-7) 5733141 6.75
Mitchell Boggs 2200020 3.84
Fernando Salas 1000020 2.45
Ryan Franklin 1111001 3.64
Pitches-Strikes - Kyle Lohse 89-54, Mitchell Boggs 19-13, Fernando Salas 13-9, Ryan Franklin 18-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kyle Lohse 6-4, Mitchell Boggs 3-0, Ryan Franklin 3-0
Batters Faced - Kyle Lohse 22, Mitchell Boggs 7, Fernando Salas 3, Ryan Franklin 4
Game Information
Attendance - 37806
Game Time - 2:53
Temperature - 75
Umpires - Home - Tom Hallion, First Base - Ron Kulpa, Second Base - Lance Barksdale, Third Base - Ed Rapuano