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Gyorko, Venable back Hahn in Padres' 12-1 laugher

By BERNIE WILSON
AP Sports Writer
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SAN DIEGO (AP) Rookie Jesse Hahn gave himself a nice present on his 25th birthday and his teammates gave him far more run support than he needed.

Hahn held St. Louis to one run and four hits in seven innings and Jedd Gyorko and Will Venable each homered and drove in four runs to lead the San Diego Padres to a 12-1 victory Wednesday night.

Yangervis Solarte, obtained from the New York Yankees in the trade for Chase Headley, had four hits and the Padres tied their season high with 16. The Padres fell one run shy of their season high.

''To get a win on your birthday is awesome,'' Hahn said.

His seven wins in nine appearances are the most in Padres history and tied for the third-most by a big league pitcher since 1914.

''We haven't had it enough,'' manager Bud Black said of the scoring outburst. ''But it's great to see. It starts with starting pitching, and Jesse pitched a great game. He's not a secret, even though he's facing teams for the first time. There's video, there's scouting reports. He's being talked about because he's made a number of starts and his innings are getting up there a little bit.''

Hahn's latest impressive start put the Padres, buried in third place in the NL West, in position to sweep the series with a win Thursday. The Cardinals are in the race for the NL Central crown a season after going to the World Series.

''It was probably our ugliest loss of the year. That's the best way to describe it,'' Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said.

Hahn (7-2) struck out three and walked two in winning his third straight start. The lanky righty retired the first seven batters before Tony Cruz beat out an infield single. Hahn was acquired in a seven-player trade with Tampa Bay on Jan. 22.

Hahn took a shutout into the seventh before allowing a one-out RBI single by Peter Bourjos singled in Matt Adams.

''I was a little mad but at that point I was going for the double play to get out of the inning,'' Hahn said. ''It was a good pitch; unfortunately the runner scored.

Venable hit a 379-foot, three-run homer to right to cap the eight-run seventh. It was his fourth. The Padres had five hits, three walks and a hit batter off three relievers in the inning. Gyorko hit a three-run double, his third hit.

Gyorko, who returned Monday from a 44-game stay on the disabled list with plantar fasciitis, homered to left on a 1-0 pitch from Joe Kelly with one out in the fourth to give San Diego a 3-0 lead. It was his sixth. Yonder Alonso followed with a triple and came in on Venable's single.

''It obviously feels good to swing the bat the way I wanted to,'' said Gyorko, who has struggled since the Padres gave him a $35 million, six-year contract extension on April 14, based on his strong rookie season. ''It feels a lot like how I was swinging it there at the end of the year last year. It's something to build on but I still have a long way to go.''

Alexi Amarista had three hits and scored three runs, and Solarte also had three hits.

Kelly (2-2) went five innings, allowing four runs and seven hits while striking out five and walking one.

''Kelly was OK,'' Matheny said. ''It looked like good pitches were getting hit hard. It should have worked out a little better for him.''

Overall, ''That's not the kind of baseball we've played all year,'' Matheny said. No excuses. We were terrible.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Cardinals: Manager Mike Matheny said the sound of pinch-hitter Daniel Descalso getting hit on the knee by a pitch from Joaquin Benoit in the ninth inning Tuesday night was ''as loud as a hit batsman as I've heard. It sounded terrible. But I was happy to see him get up, walk around.'' Descalso was replaced by a pinch-runner.

Padres: RHP Andrew Cashner threw another bullpen Wednesday and is scheduled to throw a simulated game during the weekend. He could begin a rehab assignment next week. He's on the disabled list with soreness in his right shoulder.

ON DECK

Cardinals: Shelby Miller (7-8, 4.20) is 0-1 with a 5.19 ERA in one career start and two appearances against San Diego, both at Petco Park

Padres: Odrisamer Despaigne (2-2, 1.66) tries to bounce back from rocky start in 5-3 loss to Atlanta, when he lasted only 3 2-3 innings.

RBI MACHINE

Solarte has eight RBIs since joining the Padres on July 23 and has knocked in at least one run in seven of eight games.

TRADE

The Cardinals acquired RHP Justin Masterson from Cleveland for minor league OF James Ramsey. Masterson is scheduled to start Saturday against Milwaukee in St. Louis.

 
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Y. Solarte
AB 5
R 1
H 4
HR 0
RBI 2
San Diego

J. Gyorko
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 4
 

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St. Louis Cardinals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Matt Carpenter, 3B4010011.284.378.393
   Sam Freeman, P0000000.000.000.000
Kolten Wong, 2B4010001.245.295.382
Matt Holliday, LF3000001.265.371.413
   a-Allen Craig, PH-LF1000002.237.291.346
Matt Adams, 1B4110010.315.330.513
Jhonny Peralta, SS3010100.254.331.442
Oscar Taveras, RF4000013.208.238.271
Peter Bourjos, CF2001100.224.289.350
Tony Cruz, C3010011.224.298.271
Joe Kelly, P0000000.167.231.250
   b-Daniel Descalso, PH1000000.174.232.228
   Carlos Martinez, P0000000.250.250.250
   Randy Choate, P0000000.000.000.000
   Seth Maness, P0000000.400.400.400
   c-Mark Ellis, PH-3B1010000.190.266.228
Totals3016124    
a-grounded out for Holliday in the 8th
b-grounded out for Kelly in the 6th
c-singled for Maness in the 8th
Batting
2B - Matt Adams (24, Hahn)
SH - Joe Kelly (1)
RBI - Peter Bourjos (14)
PK - Peter Bourjos (2, Hahn)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Peralta-Adams, Peralta-Adams-Peralta-Wong-Adams, Peralta-Adams-Peralta-Wong-Adams-Wong-Peralta-Adams
St. Louis Cardinals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Joe Kelly (L,2-2) 5744151 4.37
Carlos Martinez 1.1322120 4.74
Randy Choate 0122100 5.26
Seth Maness 0.2344101 3.33
Sam Freeman 1200010 2.01
IBB - Grandal by Randy Choate
WP - Joe Kelly (3)
HBP - Cabrera (by Seth Maness)
Pitches-Strikes - Joe Kelly 91-55, Carlos Martinez 28-18, Randy Choate 6-2, Seth Maness 23-14, Sam Freeman 14-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Joe Kelly 6-3, Carlos Martinez 1-0, Seth Maness 1-1, Sam Freeman 1-0
Batters Faced - Joe Kelly 22, Carlos Martinez 7, Randy Choate 2, Seth Maness 7, Sam Freeman 4
San Diego Padres
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Everth Cabrera, SS3110111.219.261.290
Alexi Amarista, CF5330002.235.281.316
Seth Smith, LF4111003.295.391.508
   a-Chris Nelson, PH-3B1010000.265.297.324
Yasmani Grandal, C3100221.206.305.377
Yangervis Solarte, 3B-LF5142000.267.346.407
Jedd Gyorko, 2B5234003.181.232.302
Yonder Alonso, 1B3210112.215.259.347
Will Venable, RF4124011.212.264.306
Jesse Hahn, P2000021.118.118.118
   b-Jeff Francoeur, PH2000010.077.235.077
   Alex Torres, P0000000.000.000.000
   Dale Thayer, P0000000.000.000.000
Totals3712161148    
a-singled for Smith in the 8th
b-struck out for Hahn in the 7th
Batting
2B - Alexi Amarista (9, Kelly), Seth Smith (22, Choate), Jedd Gyorko (6, Maness)
3B - Yonder Alonso (1, Kelly)
HR - Jedd Gyorko (6, Kelly), Will Venable (4, Maness)
RBI - Seth Smith (32), Yangervis Solarte 2 (39), Jedd Gyorko 4 (29), Will Venable 4 (21)
2-OUT RBI - Yangervis Solarte (16)
SB - Alexi Amarista (8, 3rd base off Kelly/Cruz)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Cabrera-Gyorko-Alonso
PB - Yasmani Grandal (10)
San Diego Padres
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jesse Hahn (W,7-2) 7411230 2.01
Alex Torres 1200000 2.25
Dale Thayer 1000010 2.05
Pitches-Strikes - Jesse Hahn 95-64, Alex Torres 21-13, Dale Thayer 10-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jesse Hahn 13-3, Alex Torres 2-1, Dale Thayer 2-0
Batters Faced - Jesse Hahn 25, Alex Torres 5, Dale Thayer 3
Game Information
Attendance - 30973
Game Time - 3:10
Temperature - 76
Umpires - Home - David Rackley, First Base - Brian Gorman, Second Base - Jim Wolf, Third Base - Tony Randazzo