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But after the Padres manhandled the playoff-hopeful Cardinals, the defending World Series champs couldn't wait to get out of town.
Clayton Richard pitched seven strong innings and rookie Yasmani Grandal singled home the go-ahead run to lift San Diego over St. Louis 3-2 on Wednesday, handing the slumping Cardinals their 11th loss in 15 games.
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The Cardinals began the day with a one-game lead over Los Angeles for the second NL wild-card berth. The Dodgers, who played later at Arizona, host St. Louis in a crucial four-game series starting Thursday night.
San Diego (69-75) has an NL-best 17-5 record since Aug. 19 to creep within 6½ games of the Cardinals with five teams in between.
"It's a long season and you don't know what's going to happen," Grandal said. "Right now we're 6½ games back in the wild card. Baseball is a crazy sport."
Logan Forsythe hit a solo home run for the Padres, who completed a three-game sweep of St. Louis for the first time since August 1995. The Padres have won 21 of their last 27 at home.
"I take it personally as a compliment to our players that we're able to do that," San Diego manager Bud Black said.
The Cardinals own a commanding 262-181 lead in the overall series with the Padres, including a winning record in San Diego. But for this three-game set, St. Louis had no answers.
"We can't depend on the other teams to keep losing," Lohse said. "We have to take care of our own business. We have a big series coming up."
Richard (13-12) outpitched Lohse and gave up only three hits, including a two-run homer by Matt Carpenter that tied the game at 2 in the sixth. The left-hander struck out five, walked one and hit a batter with a pitch.
Luke Gregerson pitched the ninth for his seventh save, working around a leadoff double by Allen Craig. After pinch-runner Adron Chambers was sacrificed to third, Gregerson got Freese on a grounder to third before walking pinch-hitter Carlos Beltran. Gregerson then retired Schumaker on an easy grounder to first base to end the game.
Lohse (14-3) had his eight-game winning streak snapped as he allowed three runs -- two earned -- on five hits over six innings. He struck out eight.
"He was sharp right from the beginning," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said. "These are the ones we have to take advantage of."
Lohse's streak spanned 13 starts back to June 26.
Forsythe connected with two outs in the second to give San Diego a 1-0 lead. In his last 13 games, he has 11 RBI and 11 runs while raising his batting average 29 points to .289.
Carpenter's error in right field cost the Cardinals a run in the fifth. Yonder Alonso singled and went to third on Cameron Maybin's one-out double into the right-field corner. But when Carpenter overran the ball, Alonso was able to score.
"I was trying to be aggressive and trying to get around where I could keep him from getting a double," Carpenter said. "The ball just got past me and I turned one bad play into another one by missing the cutoff."
"It's unacceptable," he added. "Those are the kind of things that cost you games. It just wasn't a good play."
Carpenter homered immediately after Jon Jay's leadoff single in the sixth, but San Diego went ahead in the bottom half on Chase Headley's two-out double and Grandal's run-scoring single.
|Clayton Richard keeps the Cardinals' bats in check as he allows just three hits through seven solid innings of work. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
|St. Louis Cardinals|
|Jon Jay, CF||4||1||1||0||0||1||0||.316|
|Matt Carpenter, RF||4||1||2||2||0||0||0||.305|
|Matt Holliday, LF||4||0||0||0||0||0||1||.301|
|Allen Craig, 1B||4||0||1||0||0||1||1||.305|
|Adron Chambers, PR||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.256|
|Yadier Molina, C||3||0||0||0||0||1||0||.315|
|David Freese, 3B||4||0||0||0||0||1||2||.297|
|Daniel Descalso, 2B||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||.224|
|a- Carlos Beltran, PH||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||.260|
|Shane Robinson, PR||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.253|
|Pete Kozma, SS||2||0||0||0||1||0||2||.353|
|b- Skip Schumaker, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||2||.289|
|Kyle Lohse, P||2||0||0||0||0||1||1||.086|
|c- Steve Hill, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.222|
|Trevor Rosenthal, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Marc Rzepczynski, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-walked for Descalso in the 9th|
|b-grounded out for Kozma in the 9th|
|c-struck out for Lohse in the 7th|
|2B - Allen Craig (30, Gregerson)|
|HR - Matt Carpenter (5, Richard)|
|SH - Yadier Molina (3)|
|RBI - Matt Carpenter 2 (43)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|E - Matt Carpenter (8, Misplayed grounder)|
|St. Louis Cardinals|
|Kyle Lohse (L,14-3)||6||5||3||2||0||8||1||2.81|
|Pitches-Strikes - Kyle Lohse 93-66, Trevor Rosenthal 7-7, Marc Rzepczynski 10-6|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kyle Lohse 3-7, Trevor Rosenthal 2-0, Marc Rzepczynski 2-1|
|Batters Faced - Kyle Lohse 23, Trevor Rosenthal 3, Marc Rzepczynski 3|
|San Diego Padres|
|Everth Cabrera, SS||4||0||0||0||0||2||0||.240|
|Will Venable, RF||4||0||0||0||0||0||0||.257|
|Chase Headley, 3B||3||1||1||0||0||2||0||.282|
|Yasmani Grandal, C||3||0||1||1||0||0||0||.273|
|Yonder Alonso, 1B||3||1||1||0||0||1||1||.270|
|Logan Forsythe, 2B||3||1||1||1||0||2||1||.289|
|Cameron Maybin, CF||3||0||1||0||0||0||0||.246|
|Alexi Amarista, LF||3||0||0||0||0||0||1||.254|
|Clayton Richard, P||2||0||0||0||0||2||1||.078|
|Tommy Layne, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Dale Thayer, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Jesus Guzman, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.252|
|Luke Gregerson, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-grounded out for Thayer in the 8th|
|2B - Chase Headley (26, Lohse), Cameron Maybin (18, Lohse)|
|HR - Logan Forsythe (5, Lohse)|
|RBI - Yasmani Grandal (28), Logan Forsythe (23)|
|2-OUT RBI - Yasmani Grandal (7), Logan Forsythe (11)|
|Team LOB - 2|
|PB - Yasmani Grandal (6)|
|E - Logan Forsythe (9, Throwing)|
|San Diego Padres|
|Clayton Richard (W,13-12)||7||3||2||2||1||5||1||3.74|
|Tommy Layne (H,6)||0.2||0||0||0||0||1||0||1.54|
|Dale Thayer (H,16)||0.1||0||0||0||0||0||0||3.99|
|Luke Gregerson (S,7)||1||1||0||0||1||0||0||2.28|
|HBP - Descalso (by Clayton Richard)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Clayton Richard 103-63, Tommy Layne 7-5, Dale Thayer 4-2, Luke Gregerson 18-9|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Clayton Richard 13-4, Dale Thayer 1-0, Luke Gregerson 3-0|
|Batters Faced - Clayton Richard 27, Tommy Layne 2, Dale Thayer 1, Luke Gregerson 5|
|Attendance - 16442|
|Game Time - 2:16|
|Temperature - 73|
|Umpires - Home - Lance Barrett, First Base - Jim Reynolds, Second Base - James Hoye, Third Base - Jim Joyce|