Hosmer homers, bullpen shines, Padres beat Cardinals 4-2

ST. LOUIS (AP) The Padres bullpen has stepped up to fill a hole in San Diego's rotation.

Eric Hosmer homered, San Diego's bullpen took a perfect game into the sixth inning and the Padres beat the St. Louis Cardinals 4-2 on Tuesday night for their 10th win in 14 games.

This was the third bullpen game for San Diego this season, all since left-hander Joey Lucchesi went down with a right hip strain.

''These guys are all built to kind of grind through a lineup one time or cruise through a lineup or attack a lineup one time through,'' Padres manager Andy Green said. ''They're all built for nine batters pretty easily or 10 batters so it just makes sense to give them those types of pieces of a lineup for a first time through and keep hitters uncomfortable. I like it.''

Padres reliever Matt Strahm started the bullpen game and retired nine batters on 36 pitches, including four strikeouts. Adam Cimber (3-2) retired the next six with two strikeouts before Harrison Bader broke up the perfect game with an infield single in the sixth. Bader was promptly erased in a double play.

''In that situation, I know on a bullpen day, me coming in the fourth inning I'm probably looked at to get at least a few (innings),'' Cimber said. ''You still take it one hitter at a time.''

Strahm, a lefty, and Cimber, a submarine righty, make a stark contrast for opposing hitters.

''It's the opposite end of the spectrum,'' Strahm said. ''He's down on the right and I'm up on the left. It's a good combo to come in.''

The Padres' nine-man bullpen makes the starter-by-committee approach effective. Green said he plans to go with it again Sunday.

''We've got seven arms available,'' Green said. ''I'm going to guess that's more arms available than almost every team in major league baseball, so it's not putting the stress on our bullpen that a lot of people presume it is.''

Brad Hand pitched the ninth for his 20th save.

Hosmer drove the first pitch of the fourth inning to center field to give the Padres a 1-0 lead. It was his second home run in three games.

A.J. Ellis tacked on two more with a two-out hit in the fourth. The Cardinals challenged the safe call on the second run, but replay showed the Freddy Galvis beat catcher Yadier Molina's tag at home plate.

''Basically the first strike you see you want to be aggressive,'' Ellis said. ''I found a pitch to find a hole on.''

Cardinals starter Miles Mikolas (7-2) struck out five in six innings and walked none. He has walked one or less in all seven of his home starts this season, but St. Louis still lost for the second time in three games.

''I felt like my stuff was pretty good today,'' Mikolas said. ''I made some pretty good pitches. I think the ball Hosmer hit was a decent pitch.''

Marcell Ozuna's RBI single snapped the Padres' shutout bid in the seventh. Ozuna has driven in five runs in his last four games.

''I thought our offense did a pretty good job of getting some things rolling toward the end of the game,'' Bader said. ''Just today, it just showed up a little too late.''

TRAINING ROOM

Padres: OF Franchy Cordero (right forearm strain) took batting practice and hopes to begin a rehab in a couple of days.

Cardinals: RHP Matt Bowman (right hand blisters) gave up a run in two innings Monday at Triple-A Memphis and could be activated by the end of the week.

UP NEXT

Cardinals RHP Luke Weaver (3-5, 4.35 ERA) will get the start in the series finale against the Padres and LHP Eric Lauer (2-4, 6.64 ERA) on Wednesday at 7:15 CDT. Weaver has not allowed a run in 12 innings (two career starts) against San Diego. Lauer gave up six runs in 2 1/3 innings against St. Louis on May 11.

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  • W: A. Cimber (3-2)L: M. Mikolas (7-2)S: B. Hand (20)
  • HR: SD - E. Hosmer (9)
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J. Pirela 2B40100010.275.325.351.6760.5
H. Renfroe RF40000021.244.324.467.790-1.0
C. Spangenberg 3B41100010.207.238.413.6511.5
F. Galvis SS41100010.230.295.337.6331.5
M. Margot CF41200020.223.286.330.6153.0
A. Ellis C20120000.310.405.408.8133.0
M. Strahm P10000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-fouled out for Strahm in the 4th
  • b-grounded out for Cimber in the 7th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Carpenter 3B41100021.232.335.418.7531.0
T. Pham CF41100010.271.355.431.7861.5
J. Martinez 1B40000012.322.391.522.913-0.5
M. Ozuna LF30110000.283.332.405.7373.0
Y. Molina C40010012.264.284.421.7050.5
J. Gyorko 2B30000011.254.321.413.734-0.5
J. Hicks P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
H. Bader RF30100000.267.336.431.7671.0
Y. Munoz SS30000011.259.304.388.693-0.5
M. Mikolas P10000010.040.111.160.271-0.5
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M. Mayers P0000-000.0001.000.000.000-
G. Garcia 2B10100000.260.333.397.7311.0
  • a-struck out for Mikolas in the 6th
BATTING
  • 2B - M. Margot (12)
  • HR - E. Hosmer (9)
  • SH - A. Ellis (2)
  • RBI - E. Hosmer (31), A. Ellis 2 (9), C. Villanueva (36)
  • 2-Out RBI - A. Ellis 2 (4)
BATTING
  • RBI - M. Ozuna (35), Y. Molina (23)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Pirela-Galvis-Hosmer)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Strahm3.00000402.551.0811.0
A. Cimber (W, 3-2)3.01000302.601.0116.5
C. Stammen1.03220102.300.99-1.5
K. Yates (H, 11)1.01000001.040.962.0
B. Hand (S, 20)1.00000101.830.9610.5
PITCHERSIP
M. Strahm3.0
A. Cimber (W, 3-2)3.0
C. Stammen1.0
K. Yates (H, 11)1.0
B. Hand (S, 20)1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Mikolas (L, 7-2)6.06330512.430.969.5
M. Mayers1.01110002.841.321.0
J. Hicks2.00000402.061.098.0
PITCHERSIP
M. Mikolas (L, 7-2)6.0
M. Mayers1.0
J. Hicks2.0
PITCHING
  • HBP - B. Hand (4)
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Strahm 36-25, A. Cimber 28-22, C. Stammen 21-14, K. Yates 16-10, B. Hand 12-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Strahm 3-2, A. Cimber 2-3, C. Stammen 1-1, K. Yates 3-0, B. Hand 1-1
  • Batters Faced - M. Strahm 9, A. Cimber 9, C. Stammen 6, K. Yates 4, B. Hand 4
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Mikolas 88-61, M. Mayers 10-5, J. Hicks 19-15
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Mikolas 8-5, M. Mayers 3-0, J. Hicks 1-1
  • Batters Faced - M. Mikolas 24, M. Mayers 4, J. Hicks 6
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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T. Jankowski LF40000000.295.359.371.7300.0
E. Hosmer 1B41111020.286.368.480.8485.0
J. Pirela 2B40100010.275.325.351.6760.5
H. Renfroe RF40000021.244.324.467.790-1.0
C. Spangenberg 3B41100010.207.238.413.6511.5
F. Galvis SS41100010.230.295.337.6331.5
M. Margot CF41200020.223.286.330.6153.0
A. Ellis C20120000.310.405.408.8133.0
M. Strahm P10000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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A. Cimber P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- C. Villanueva PH10010000.234.301.516.8171.0
C. Stammen P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
K. Yates P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
B. Hand P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-fouled out for Strahm in the 4th
  • b-grounded out for Cimber in the 7th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Carpenter 3B41100021.232.335.418.7531.0
T. Pham CF41100010.271.355.431.7861.5
J. Martinez 1B40000012.322.391.522.913-0.5
M. Ozuna LF30110000.283.332.405.7373.0
Y. Molina C40010012.264.284.421.7050.5
J. Gyorko 2B30000011.254.321.413.734-0.5
J. Hicks P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
H. Bader RF30100000.267.336.431.7671.0
Y. Munoz SS30000011.259.304.388.693-0.5
M. Mikolas P10000010.040.111.160.271-0.5
a- D. Fowler PH10000010.172.274.285.559-0.5
M. Mayers P0000-000.0001.000.000.000-
G. Garcia 2B10100000.260.333.397.7311.0
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  • a-struck out for Mikolas in the 6th
BATTING
  • 2B - M. Margot (12)
  • HR - E. Hosmer (9)
  • SH - A. Ellis (2)
  • RBI - E. Hosmer (31), A. Ellis 2 (9), C. Villanueva (36)
  • 2-Out RBI - A. Ellis 2 (4)
BATTING
  • RBI - M. Ozuna (35), Y. Molina (23)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Pirela-Galvis-Hosmer)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Strahm3.00000402.551.0811.0
A. Cimber (W, 3-2)3.01000302.601.0116.5
C. Stammen1.03220102.300.99-1.5
K. Yates (H, 11)1.01000001.040.962.0
B. Hand (S, 20)1.00000101.830.9610.5
Total9.0522090---
PITCHERSIP
M. Strahm3.0
A. Cimber (W, 3-2)3.0
C. Stammen1.0
K. Yates (H, 11)1.0
B. Hand (S, 20)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Mikolas (L, 7-2)6.06330512.430.969.5
M. Mayers1.01110002.841.321.0
J. Hicks2.00000402.061.098.0
Total9.0744091---
PITCHERSIP
M. Mikolas (L, 7-2)6.0
M. Mayers1.0
J. Hicks2.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • HBP - B. Hand (4)
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Strahm 36-25, A. Cimber 28-22, C. Stammen 21-14, K. Yates 16-10, B. Hand 12-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Strahm 3-2, A. Cimber 2-3, C. Stammen 1-1, K. Yates 3-0, B. Hand 1-1
  • Batters Faced - M. Strahm 9, A. Cimber 9, C. Stammen 6, K. Yates 4, B. Hand 4
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Mikolas 88-61, M. Mayers 10-5, J. Hicks 19-15
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Mikolas 8-5, M. Mayers 3-0, J. Hicks 1-1
  • Batters Faced - M. Mikolas 24, M. Mayers 4, J. Hicks 6
  • 7TH INNING
    Molina grounded out to third, Pham scored, Ozuna to second42
    Ozuna singled to left center, Carpenter scored, Pham to third41
    Villanueva grounded out to shortstop, Margot scored40
  • 4TH INNING
    Ellis singled to right, Spangenberg and Galvis scored, Margot to third30
    Hosmer homered to center10
  • 9TH INNING
    • J. Hicks Pitching:
    • C. Spangenberg: Spangenberg lined out to center
    • F. Galvis: Ball, Ball, Galvis grounded out to second
    • M. Margot: Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Margot struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Brad Hand relieved Kirby Yates
    • T. Pham: Pham grounded out to third
    • J. Martinez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Martinez flied out to right
    • M. Ozuna: Ball, Ozuna hit by pitch
    • Y. Molina: Strike swinging, Ball, Ozuna to second on fielder's indifference, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Molina struck out swinging
    • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Greg Garcia at second base
    • Jordan Hicks pitching
    • E. Hosmer: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Hosmer struck out swinging
    • J. Pirela: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Pirela struck out swinging
    • H. Renfroe: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Renfroe struck out looking
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Kirby Yates relieved Craig Stammen
    • H. Bader: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Bader grounded out to shortstop
    • Y. Munoz: Strike looking, Munoz grounded out to third
    • G. Garcia: Strike looking, Ball, Garcia singled to right
    • M. Carpenter: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Carpenter grounded out to third
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Mike Mayers pitching
    • M. Margot: Ball, Ball, Margot doubled to left center
    • A. Ellis: Ellis hit sacrifice bunt to third, Margot to third
    • Christian Villanueva hit for Adam Cimber
    • C. Villanueva: Villanueva grounded out to shortstop, Margot scored
    • T. Jankowski: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Jankowski grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 7th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Craig Stammen pitching
    • M. Carpenter: Foul, Ball, Ball, Carpenter singled to center
    • T. Pham: Ball, Foul, Pham singled to right, Carpenter to second
    • J. Martinez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Martinez flied out to right
    • M. Ozuna: Ozuna singled to left center, Carpenter scored, Pham to third
    • Y. Molina: Strike swinging, Foul, Molina grounded out to third, Pham scored, Ozuna to second
    • J. Gyorko: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Gyorko struck out swinging
    • End of the 7th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • M. Mikolas Pitching:
    • H. Renfroe: Ball, Renfroe popped out to second
    • C. Spangenberg: Strike (foul tip), Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Spangenberg grounded out to pitcher
    • F. Galvis: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Galvis grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • A. Cimber Pitching:
    • H. Bader: Ball, Strike looking, Bader reached on an infield single to shortstop
    • Y. Munoz: Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Munoz grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Bader out at second
    • Dexter Fowler hit for Miles Mikolas
    • D. Fowler: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Fowler struck out swinging
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • M. Mikolas Pitching:
    • T. Jankowski: Jankowski grounded bunt out to first
    • E. Hosmer: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul tip, Hosmer struck out on foul tip
    • J. Pirela: Strike looking, Ball, Pirela grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • A. Cimber Pitching:
    • M. Ozuna: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ozuna flied out to right
    • Y. Molina: Strike looking, Molina flied out to left
    • J. Gyorko: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Gyorko grounded out to third
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • M. Mikolas Pitching:
    • E. Hosmer: Hosmer homered to center
    • J. Pirela: Ball, Ball, Pirela fouled out to catcher
    • H. Renfroe: Renfroe flied out to deep right
    • C. Spangenberg: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Spangenberg reached on an infield single to pitcher
    • F. Galvis: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Ball, Galvis singled to center, Spangenberg to second
    • M. Margot: Margot reached on an infield single to shortstop, Spangenberg to third, Galvis to second
    • A. Ellis: Ball, Ellis singled to right, Spangenberg and Galvis scored, Margot to third
    • Franmil Reyes hit for Matt Strahm
    • F. Reyes: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Reyes fouled out to first
    • Middle of the 4th (3 Runs, 5 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Adam Cimber pitching
    • M. Carpenter: Strike looking, Foul, Foul tip, Carpenter struck out on foul tip
    • T. Pham: Ball, Pham lined out to shortstop
    • J. Martinez: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Martinez struck out swinging
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • M. Mikolas Pitching:
    • A. Ellis: Ellis lined out to right
    • M. Strahm: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strahm grounded out to third
    • T. Jankowski: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Jankowski grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Strahm Pitching:
    • H. Bader: Strike looking, Bader lined out to right
    • Y. Munoz: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Munoz struck out swinging
    • M. Mikolas: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Mikolas struck out swinging
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • M. Mikolas Pitching:
    • C. Spangenberg: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Spangenberg struck out looking
    • F. Galvis: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Galvis struck out swinging
    • M. Margot: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Margot struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Strahm Pitching:
    • M. Ozuna: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ozuna grounded out to shortstop
    • Y. Molina: Molina popped out to shortstop
    • J. Gyorko: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Gyorko grounded out to third
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • M. Mikolas Pitching:
    • T. Jankowski: Strike looking, Jankowski grounded out to pitcher
    • E. Hosmer: Hosmer grounded out to first
    • J. Pirela: Strike looking, Pirela singled to right
    • H. Renfroe: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Renfroe struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • M. Strahm Pitching:
    • M. Carpenter: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Carpenter struck out swinging
    • T. Pham: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Pham struck out looking
    • J. Martinez: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Martinez grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)