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Maybin's bat leads Padres to opening win over Cards

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ST. LOUIS -- Doing the little things paid off for the San Diego Padres. One big swing, too.

Cameron Maybin tied it with a two-out homer in the ninth inning, then grounded a single that led to the go-ahead run in the 11th Thursday in a 5-3 opening win over the St. Louis Cardinals.

The Padres managed just two hits the first seven innings but scored two runs, and finally capitalized on shortstop Ryan Theriot's fielding error.

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"We fight, we claw, we hang around," Maybin said. "We find a way to do it."

Cardinals star Albert Pujols shared a big hug with manager Tony La Russa during player introductions, then endured an awful start to what could be his 11th and final season in St. Louis.

Pujols grounded into a career-worst three double plays while going 0 for 5 while five men on base. The three-time NL MVP cut off contract negotiations at the start of spring training and could be a free agent this fall.

"Definitely we had our chances," Pujols said. "A couple times we had men in scoring position and I didn't do my job."

Matt Holliday homered in the eighth and had three hits for St. Louis. The Cardinals played extra innings on opening day for the first time since a 4-2, 10-inning home loss to the Mets in 1992. The last Padres' opener that went extras was in 1996 during a 5-4 loss at Chicago.

It was 3-all when Chase Headley singled off Bryan Augustein (0-1) with two outs in the 11th. Maybin followed with a single through the right side and Theriot bobbled right fielder Jon Jay's bounced relay back to the infield.

"You always want to be on your toes and see where the runner is," Theriot said. "It kicked away from me a little bit and the guy was able to score. It's a heads-up baserunning play."

Headley kept running and made a headfirst slide to beat the throw home. Nick Hundley added an RBI single for the Padres.

"That's how we have to play," Headley said. "We're a team built to pitch, play defense, get timely hits and run the bases hard. We won a lot of games that way last year. Hopefully, we can continue to do that.

Pat Neshek (1-0) worked around two walks in the 10th and Heath Bell needed only 10 pitches for the save.

After paying tribute to six Hall of Famers including Stan Musial, the Cardinals let the game get away from them.

Maybin's solo home run came off a curveball from Ryan Franklin, who went 27 for 29 in save situations last season.

"A guy like him, he definitely likes to get ahead," Maybin said. "It was probably his version of a get-me-over pitch."

Holliday hit a low liner that skimmed over the wall in right-center in the eighth, a solo homer that put St. Louis ahead 3-2.

Chris Carpenter made his fifth opening day start for St. Louis and worked seven stingy innings, allowing two runs on only two hits. Tim Stauffer, standing in for injured Mat Latos, allowed two runs on nine hits in six innings for San Diego.

The Cardinals outhit San Diego 10-2 the first six innings but hit into three double plays, two by Pujols, and were 2 for 9 with runners in scoring position. Three times they put the first two men on, but totaled one run.

The Padres erased their second one-run deficit on Hundley's two-out, RBI double in the fifth. The Cardinals almost made it out of the inning the previous at-bat when Maybin struck out with Ryan Ludwick running on a full count.

Ludwick looked like an easy out at second, but he rattled the ball out of second baseman Skip Schumaker's glove, what Schumaker called a "perfect knockdown," for a stolen base.

New Cardinals right fielder Lance Berkman, a regular outfielder for the first time since 2004, had two hits and didn't touch the ball in eight innings in the field.

Notes:

  • Jim Edmonds, who ditched a comeback bid in February after signing a minor league contract with the Cardinals, threw out the first pitch.
  • Latos, who's on the 15-day DL, threw a bullpen session as scheduled prior to the game.
  • Cardinals INF Nick Punto was placed on the 15-day DL retroactive to March 22 with a sports hernia. He's with the team and could play by May.
 
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San Diego's Cameron Maybin heads home after his two-out homer in the ninth inning ties the game. (AP)
San Diego's Cameron Maybin heads home after his two-out homer in the ninth inning ties the game. (AP)

Players of the Game
St. Louis

M. Holliday
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 2
San Diego

C. Maybin
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
 

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San Diego Padres
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Will Venable, RF5110021 .200
Jason Bartlett, SS5010001 .200
Orlando Hudson, 2B2001220 .000
Brad Hawpe, 1B5000004 .000
Ryan Ludwick, LF3100110 .000
Chase Headley, 3B5110002 .200
Cameron Maybin, CF5121010 .400
    Cedric Hunter, PR-CF0100000 .000
Nick Hundley, C4022000 .500
Tim Stauffer, P2000001 .000
    Luke Gregerson, P0000000 .000
   a- Jorge Cantu, PH10100001.000
    Mike Adams, P0000000 .000
   b- Chris Denorfia, PH1000001 .000
    Chad Qualls, P0000000 .000
    Pat Neshek, P0000000 .000
   c- Alberto Gonzalez, PH1000001 .000
    Heath Bell, P0000000 .000
Totals3958436  
a-singled for Gregerson in the 8th
b-lined out for Adams in the 9th
c-flied out for Neshek in the 11th
Batting
2B - Will Venable (1, Carpenter), Nick Hundley (1, Carpenter)
HR - Cameron Maybin (1, Franklin)
SF - Orlando Hudson (1)
RBI - Orlando Hudson (1), Cameron Maybin (1), Nick Hundley 2 (2)
2-OUT RBI - Cameron Maybin (1), Nick Hundley 2 (2)
SB - Ryan Ludwick (1, 2nd base off Carpenter/Molina)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Hudson-Bartlett-Hawpe, Hudson-Bartlett-Hawpe, Bartlett-Hudson-Hawpe, Bartlett-Hudson-Hawpe
PB - Nick Hundley (1)
San Diego Padres
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Tim Stauffer 6922120 3.00
Luke Gregerson 1100010 0.00
Mike Adams 1111021 9.00
Chad Qualls 1100000 0.00
Pat Neshek (W,1-0) 1000200 0.00
Heath Bell (S,1) 1000000 0.00
Pitches-Strikes - Tim Stauffer 92-56, Luke Gregerson 20-14, Mike Adams 18-11, Chad Qualls 9-7, Pat Neshek 15-6, Heath Bell 10-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tim Stauffer 8-5, Luke Gregerson 2-0, Chad Qualls 2-1, Pat Neshek 1-1, Heath Bell 2-1
Batters Faced - Tim Stauffer 25, Luke Gregerson 4, Mike Adams 4, Chad Qualls 4, Pat Neshek 4, Heath Bell 3
St. Louis Cardinals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Ryan Theriot, SS5010002 .200
Colby Rasmus, CF3120211 .667
Albert Pujols, 1B5000004 .000
Matt Holliday, LF4132101 .750
Lance Berkman, RF4120021 .500
    Ryan Franklin, P0000000 .000
    Brian Tallet, P0000000 .000
   a- Allen Craig, PH1000001 .000
    Bryan Augenstein, P0000000 .000
David Freese, 3B5010011 .200
Yadier Molina, C5011001 .200
Skip Schumaker, 2B5010011 .200
Chris Carpenter, P2000002 .000
   b- Daniel Descalso, PH0000000 .000
    Miguel Batista, P0000000 .000
    Trever Miller, P0000000 .000
    Jon Jay, RF10100001.000
Totals40312335  
a-fouled out for Tallet in the 10th
b-hit a sacrifice bunt for Carpenter in the 7th
Batting
3B - Colby Rasmus (1, Stauffer)
HR - Matt Holliday (1, Adams)
SH - Daniel Descalso (1)
RBI - Matt Holliday 2 (2), Yadier Molina (1)
2-OUT RBI - Matt Holliday (1)
CS - Matt Holliday (1, 3rd base by Stauffer/Hundley)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Theriot-Schumaker-Pujols
E - Ryan Theriot (1, Missed catch of throw)
St. Louis Cardinals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Chris Carpenter 7222240 2.57
Miguel Batista 0.2200100 0.00
Trever Miller 0.1000000 0.00
Ryan Franklin (BS,1) 1111001 9.00
Brian Tallet 1000020 0.00
Bryan Augenstein (L,0-1) 1321000 9.00
HBP - Ludwick (by Chris Carpenter), Hundley (by Ryan Franklin)
Pitches-Strikes - Chris Carpenter 98-57, Miguel Batista 24-11, Trever Miller 4-2, Ryan Franklin 14-8, Brian Tallet 14-9, Bryan Augenstein 17-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Carpenter 9-7, Miguel Batista 1-1
Batters Faced - Chris Carpenter 25, Miguel Batista 5, Trever Miller 1, Ryan Franklin 5, Brian Tallet 3, Bryan Augenstein 6
Game Information
Attendance - 46368
Game Time - 3:17
Temperature - 53
Umpires - Home - Jeff Kellogg, First Base - Eric Cooper, Second Base - Mark Carlson, Third Base - Tim Timmons