St. Louis at San Diego

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St. Louis (30-16) «3100100005141
San Diego (21-25)000000102390

Cardinals 5, Padres 3

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SAN DIEGO -- Tyler Lyons scrolled through his phone, scanning all the text messages congratulating the left-hander on his winning major league debut. His teammates were quite appreciative, too.

Lyons pitched seven solid innings on the same day St. Louis lost Jaime Garcia for the season, and the Cardinals beat the San Diego Padres 5-3 on Wednesday night.

"It was everything I could ask for," said Lyons, who also got his firs- major league hit on a single in the sixth. "I pitched well, I got a hit and we won the ballgame. It doesn't get much better than that."

Lyons, who was promoted from Triple-A Memphis after Garcia went on the disabled list, used an effective sinker to limit the Padres to one run and four hits. The 25-year-old Lyons was a ninth-round draft pick in 2010 out of Oklahoma State.

The Cardinals announced before that game that Garcia will have season-ending shoulder surgery this week. The lefty went 5-2 with a 3.58 ERA in nine starts this year, helping St. Louis bolt to the majors' best record at 30-16.

Yadier Molina had four hits and Carlos Beltran finished with three as the Cardinals took two of three from the Padres.

Lyons continued a positive trend this season for St. Louis, which has used six rookie starting pitchers already. Lyons is the second lefty to get a win in his major league debut in the last nine days. The other is John Gast, who beat the New York Mets on May 14.

"It's been of great benefit to get solid outings out of some young pitchers," manager Mike Matheny said. "These guys have come into some tough situations and performed admirably.

"We're proud of how the guys are going about their business despite instances that could be described as adversity. They play hard every day and they put a lot of faith in each other and the next man up."

While Lyons pitched well, San Diego rookie Burch Smith failed to record an out in the second inning for the second time in three major league starts. He was optioned to Triple-A Tucson after the game.

The right-hander struggled with his command, walking three before he was lifted with no outs in the second. Tim Stauffer came in and got Matt Holliday to hit into a double play, but Matt Carpenter scored to give the Cardinals a 4-0 lead.

Smith allowed five hits and has given up 15 runs and 16 hits in just 7 1-3 innings. The Padres will make a corresponding roster move on Friday at Arizona.

"Burch has excellent stuff, but at times it looked as though he was trying too hard," manager Bud Black said. "He struggled against major league hitters but, in the long run, this guy's going to be fine."

Holliday had an RBI triple in the first that was confirmed by a video review. The ball landed just below the yellow border in right field, but it came down from a difficult angle that prompted Matheny to question whether it was a home run.

Holliday scored on Allen Craig's single, and Daniel Descalso added a run-scoring double.

Molina singled in a run in the fifth but that was the only blemish for Stauffer, who allowed eight hits and struck out seven in 5 2-3 innings.

Stauffer kept San Diego in the game, but the offense never got going.

Rookie Jedd Gyorko got the Padres on the board with a towering home run to center field in the seventh. Gyorko's drive went 438 feet and is the longest at Petco Park this season. He has the three longest Padres home runs this season.

Alexi Amarista added a two-run single in the ninth for San Diego.

Notes

Cardinals pitcher Jake Westbook, on the 15-day disabled list with right elbow inflammation, cut his bullpen session short after experiencing pain in his injured elbow. He will be evaluated further on Thursday, an off day for the club. ... Cardinals 3B David Freese, who has missed three games after lacerating his hand on Sunday, will have stitches removed on Friday and is expected to be available for that night's game against the Los Angeles Dodgers. ... San Diego Padres LF Carlos Quentin missed his second straight game with left knee soreness. ... Padres OF Cameron Maybin, on the 15-day DL with a wrist injury, will start a minor league rehab assignment with Tucson on Friday. ... Padres INF Logan Forsythe, on the 60-day disabled list with plantar fasciitis, will play extended spring training games starting Friday. He will begin as a designated hitter.

 
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Players of the Game
St. Louis

T. Lyons
IP 7.0
H 4
ER 1
BB 1
K 4
San Diego

J. Gyorko
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
 

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St. Louis Cardinals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Matt Carpenter, 3B3220200 .300
Carlos Beltran, RF5130002 .305
Matt Holliday, LF5121013 .270
Allen Craig, 1B5111011 .304
Yadier Molina, C5041011 .333
Jon Jay, CF4000123 .278
Daniel Descalso, 2B4011011 .229
Pete Kozma, SS3000110 .265
Tyler Lyons, P3010013 .333
   a- Ty Wigginton, PH1000000 .188
    Trevor Rosenthal, P0000000 .000
    Edward Mujica, P0000000 .000
Totals38514448  
a-flied out for Lyons in the 8th
Batting
2B - Daniel Descalso (6, Smith)
3B - Matt Holliday (1, Smith)
RBI - Matt Holliday (28), Allen Craig (32), Yadier Molina (21), Daniel Descalso (13)
2-OUT RBI - Yadier Molina (9), Daniel Descalso (2)
CS - Yadier Molina (2, 2nd base by Stauffer/Hundley)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Carlos Beltran 1
DP - Beltran-Craig
E - Matt Carpenter (3, Misplayed grounder)
St. Louis Cardinals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Tyler Lyons (W,1-0) 7411141 1.29
Trevor Rosenthal 1200030 2.31
Edward Mujica 1322010 2.25
Pitches-Strikes - Tyler Lyons 81-53, Trevor Rosenthal 20-15, Edward Mujica 18-16
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tyler Lyons 12-5, Edward Mujica 2-0
Batters Faced - Tyler Lyons 26, Trevor Rosenthal 5, Edward Mujica 6
San Diego Padres
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Chris Denorfia, CF-RF4010101 .305
Everth Cabrera, SS4000013 .254
Chase Headley, 3B4010012 .281
Jesus Guzman, LF3000022 .194
   a- Mark Kotsay, PH1000012 .325
    Tyson Ross, P0000000 .167
Jedd Gyorko, 2B4221000 .284
Yonder Alonso, 1B4010000 .280
Kyle Blanks, RF-LF4010022 .262
Nick Hundley, C3010001 .238
   b- Will Venable, PH1100001 .228
Burch Smith, P0000000 .000
    Tim Stauffer, P2000011 .000
    Joe Thatcher, P0000000 .000
    Luke Gregerson, P0000000 .000
   c- Alexi Amarista, PH-CF2022000 .280
Totals3639318  
a-struck out for Guzman in the 8th
b-hit into fielder's choice for Hundley in the 9th
c-singled for Gregerson in the 8th
Batting
2B - Nick Hundley (10, Lyons)
HR - Jedd Gyorko (5, Lyons)
RBI - Jedd Gyorko (16), Alexi Amarista 2 (14)
2-OUT RBI - Alexi Amarista 2 (5)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Headley-Gyorko-Alonso, Hundley-Alonso, Cabrera-Gyorko-Alonso
San Diego Padres
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Burch Smith (L,0-1) 1544310 18.41
Tim Stauffer 5.2811070 2.45
Joe Thatcher 0.1000000 2.08
Luke Gregerson 1000100 0.92
Tyson Ross 1100000 2.63
IBB - Kozma by Burch Smith
Pitches-Strikes - Burch Smith 42-26, Tim Stauffer 76-53, Joe Thatcher 4-2, Luke Gregerson 10-6, Tyson Ross 13-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tim Stauffer 4-3, Joe Thatcher 1-0, Luke Gregerson 2-1, Tyson Ross 2-1
Batters Faced - Burch Smith 11, Tim Stauffer 22, Joe Thatcher 1, Luke Gregerson 4, Tyson Ross 4
Game Information
Attendance - 18683
Game Time - 2:37
Temperature - 66
Umpires - Home - Jim Joyce, First Base - Cory Blaser, Second Base - Bill Miller, Third Base - Ed Hickox