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Cardinals win in 11, extend anemic Padres' woes

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SAN DIEGO -- It has gotten so bad for the Padres that they were outhit by a catcher making his major-league debut.

Daniel Descalso singled in the go-ahead run with two outs in the 11th inning and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the punchless San Diego Padres 3-2 on Tuesday night.

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Catcher Tony Cruz had three hits in his big-league debut.

The Padres had only two hits. They went 0 for 19 with three walks after Chase Headley's double in the fourth. The Padres lost their season-high fifth straight and dropped to 8-20 at home, worst in the majors. It was the first time in six games they scored more than one run.

Descalso's sharp one-hopper off the glove of diving second baseman Orlando Hudson -- his third hit -- scored Allen Craig, who drew a leadoff walk off Ernesto Frieri (1-2) and stole second. Frieri struck out Skip Schumaker and Cruz.

Cruz was recalled from Triple-A Memphis on Monday after backup catcher Gerald Laird was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a broken right index finger.

"You saw his potential," manager Tony La Russa said. "He caught well, blocked the ball. He's still a developing catcher, but he's at a nice level right now and should get better. He stands at the plate and has a very nice swing."

Cruz said he felt comfortable making his debut.

"I think being able to go out there and catch the first inning kind of got the nerves out a little bit, helped me out," he said. "I just went up there trying to make solid contact. Things worked out."

Miguel Batista (3-1) pitched two innings for the win. Eduardo Sanchez pitched the 11th for his fifth save in seven chances.

"I think they are hanging in there," manager Bud Black said. "Obviously they are frustrated with what the results have been. But they come to the park every day to play."

The Cardinals have won four straight and eight of nine.

The Cardinals stranded a runner in every inning except the fourth and 10th.

Headley walked leading off the 10th and was sacrificed by Cameron Maybin before being stranded when pinch-hitter Jorge Cantu hit into a double play.

St. Louis took a 1-0 lead in the first on Lance Berkman's two-out infield single and an error on first baseman Brad Hawpe.

Hawpe hit a two-run homer to straightaway center in the bottom of the inning, one batter after Ryan Ludwick reached on shortstop Ryan Theriot's two-out throwing error. It was Hawpe's third. The Padres had only two baserunners after the homer until the 10th.

Hawpe made a diving catch of Jon Jay's line drive to end the seventh with a runner on third. The Cardinals had just tied the game at 2 on Theriot's groundout. Cruz led off the inning with his second big-league hit, a double, and advanced on Descalso's single before being caught in a rundown on a grounder to first by pinch-hitter Colby Rasmus.

Cruz's first big-league hit was a single up the middle in the second.

Neither starter factored in the decision. St. Louis' Kyle McClellan held San Diego to two unearned runs and two hits in six innings, struck out four and walked none. San Diego's Aaron Harang allowed two runs, one earned, and eight hits in seven innings, struck out seven and walked one.

"I made really two mistakes and both where hits," McClellan said. "Other than that I felt like I was in control and was able to use all my pitches. It's the big leagues, and they hit mistakes."

Notes

  • Black said C Nick Hundley is about a week away from returning from the DL. The Padres will know by Friday whether Hundley can start taking swings. Hundley went on the DL on May 6, retroactive to May 5, with a strained muscle in his right side.
  • Chris Denorfia struck out in the third, the Padres' 400th whiff of the season.
  • This was San Diego's sixth extra-inning game at home and ninth overall. The Padres have won three overall, two at home.
 
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Mark McGwire (left) leads the welcoming committee for Allen Craig after he scores the winning run in the 11th inning.  (AP)
Mark McGwire (left) leads the welcoming committee for Allen Craig after he scores the winning run in the 11th inning. (AP)

Players of the Game
St. Louis

D. Descalso
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
San Diego

B. Hawpe
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
 
St. Louis Cardinals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Ryan Theriot, SS5011012 .294
    Miguel Batista, P0000000 .000
    Eduardo Sanchez, P0000000 .000
Jon Jay, CF4110013 .326
    Trever Miller, P0000000 .000
    Jason Motte, P0000000 .000
    Tyler Greene, SS1000000 .194
Albert Pujols, 1B5010001 .267
Lance Berkman, LF4020111 .346
Allen Craig, RF4110112 .311
Skip Schumaker, 2B5000032 .226
Tony Cruz, C5030011 .600
Daniel Descalso, 3B5131012 .239
Kyle McClellan, P1000001 .190
   a- Colby Rasmus, PH-CF3000003 .277
Totals42312229  
a-hit into fielder's choice for McClellan in the 7th
Batting
2B - Tony Cruz (1, Harang)
SH - Kyle McClellan (4)
RBI - Ryan Theriot (18), Daniel Descalso (17)
2-OUT RBI - Daniel Descalso (11)
SB - Allen Craig (4, 2nd base off Frieri/Phillips), Daniel Descalso (2, 2nd base off Harang/Johnson)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - T. Greene-Schumaker-Pujols
E - Ryan Theriot (10, Throwing)
St. Louis Cardinals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Kyle McClellan 6220041 3.11
Trever Miller 0.1000000 2.08
Jason Motte 1.2000130 2.25
Miguel Batista (W,3-1) 2000200 2.45
Eduardo Sanchez (S,5) 1000010 2.84
IBB - Hudson by Miguel Batista
Pitches-Strikes - Kyle McClellan 75-52, Trever Miller 4-2, Jason Motte 26-17, Miguel Batista 34-19, Eduardo Sanchez 14-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kyle McClellan 13-2, Jason Motte 2-0, Miguel Batista 3-2
Batters Faced - Kyle McClellan 21, Trever Miller 1, Jason Motte 6, Miguel Batista 7, Eduardo Sanchez 3
San Diego Padres
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Chris Denorfia, RF5000021 .312
Jason Bartlett, SS5000000 .247
Ryan Ludwick, LF4100000 .230
Brad Hawpe, 1B4112010 .234
Chase Headley, 3B3010110 .263
Cameron Maybin, CF3000011 .265
Orlando Hudson, 2B2000210 .214
Rob Johnson, C2000010 .185
   a- Jorge Cantu, PH1000001 .198
    Ernesto Frieri, P0000000 .000
Aaron Harang, P2000000 .056
    Chad Qualls, P0000000 .000
   b- Eric Patterson, PH1000011 .197
    Heath Bell, P0000000 .000
    Luke Gregerson, P0000000 .000
    Kyle Phillips, C1000000 .143
Totals3322238  
a-grounded into a double play for Johnson in the 10th
b-struck out for Qualls in the 8th
Batting
2B - Chase Headley (12, McClellan)
HR - Brad Hawpe (3, McClellan)
SH - Cameron Maybin (3), Rob Johnson (1)
RBI - Brad Hawpe 2 (12)
2-OUT RBI - Brad Hawpe 2 (6)
Team LOB - 3
Fielding
DP - Bartlett-Hudson-Hawpe
E - Brad Hawpe (3, Throwing)
San Diego Padres
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Aaron Harang 7821170 3.96
Chad Qualls 1200000 2.05
Heath Bell 1100000 2.00
Luke Gregerson 1000000 2.86
Ernesto Frieri (L,1-2) 1111120 2.08
Pitches-Strikes - Aaron Harang 107-78, Chad Qualls 15-10, Heath Bell 16-10, Luke Gregerson 12-5, Ernesto Frieri 21-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Aaron Harang 10-3, Chad Qualls 2-0, Heath Bell 2-1, Luke Gregerson 1-2
Batters Faced - Aaron Harang 29, Chad Qualls 4, Heath Bell 4, Luke Gregerson 3, Ernesto Frieri 5
Game Information
Attendance - 19426
Game Time - 3:01
Temperature - 65
Umpires - Home - Ron Kulpa, First Base - Jim Wolf, Second Base - Derryl Cousins, Third Base - Jim Joyce