Mikolas improves to 5-0, Pham homers as Cards top Padres 2-1

SAN DIEGO (AP) After three seasons in Japan, pitcher Miles Mikolas is making a strong first impression with the St. Louis Cardinals.

''He's performing at an All-Star-caliber level right now,'' teammate Tommy Pham said.

Mikolas won his fifth straight decision to begin the season and Pham homered in his return from a groin injury, sending the Cardinals past the San Diego Padres 2-1 on Thursday night.

Mikolas (5-0) allowed one run in 6 2/3 innings against his former team, lowering his ERA to 2.51. The right-hander had never faced the Padres, who drafted him in 2009 and used him as a reliever from 2012-13.

And though Mikolas issued his first walk in three games, he allowed fewer than three runs for the fourth consecutive start.

''He did exactly what we needed him to do,'' Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said.

Bud Norris earned his eighth save, and the NL Central leaders opened a six-game trip with their sixth victory in eight games.

Padres cleanup man Franchy Cordero had three of the five hits against Mikolas.

A home run by Raffy Lopez chased Mikolas in the seventh and was the only extra-base hit against him.

''It was just another very good game from Miles,'' Matheny said.

In 27 outings with San Diego, all in relief, Mikolas had a 3.44 ERA.

He was better known then for having eaten a live lizard, on a dare, as a Padres minor leaguer. The moment, which was posted on YouTube, earned Mikolas the nickname Lizard King.

After he was traded twice, the Texas Rangers tried him as a starter. He had a 6.44 ERA in 10 outings.

Mikolas decided he needed to go where he could pitch with a longer leash. He joined the Yomiuri Giants and reported improved command after returning to the United States and signing with the Cardinals to partner with former Rangers pitching coach Mike Maddux.

Against the Padres, the right-hander's repertoire included a mid-90s (mph) fastball, a changeup, a split-finger changeup, a hard curveball, a rare slow curve and one quick-pitch delivery.

''I tried to sneak some things in there,'' Mikolas said.

He said the curveballs lacked the ''snap'' he wanted, but he ''kind of made up for it by locating my fastball.''

Mikolas said much of his success was owed to the team's defense.

Pham, who had missed four games, singled and scored in the first inning on Jose Martinez's sacrifice fly and homered in the fifth for the Cardinals' only extra-base hit. Both hits came against Jordan Lyles (0-1).

''I'm still working on getting to where I was,'' the center fielder and leadoff man said.

Jordan Hicks got the final out of the seventh and Greg Holland worked a scoreless eighth.

Cardinals left fielder Marcell Ozuna aided Mikolas in the fourth by throwing out Jose Pirela trying to stretch a single off the left-field wall.

After each of Cordero's singles, Mikolas retired Chase Headley, once on a double-play grounder.

The Padres took on Headley and his $13 million salary last offseason so they could get pitching prospect Bryan Mitchell in the same trade with the New York Yankees. Mitchell was recently demoted to the bullpen after compiling a 6.47 ERA in seven starts.

Lyles, swapping roles with Mitchell, got the start Thursday and worked five innings. He allowed five hits.

''I was thrilled with Jordan,'' Padres manager Andy Green said.

Pham's sixth home run, off a hanging breaking ball in the fifth, was a 371-foot line drive over the left-field wall.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Cardinals: Placed ace Carlos Martinez on the 10-day disabled list because of a strained lat. The right-hander leads the National League with a 1.62 ERA. RHP Mike Mayers was recalled from Triple-A Memphis.

Padres: San Diego catcher Austin Hedges was sent to Los Angeles for tests on his throwing elbow.

UP NEXT

Cardinals: RHP Luke Weaver (2-2, 5.50 ERA) has given up at least four runs in each of his last four starts.

Padres: LHP Eric Lauer (1-1, 5.79) will make his fourth career start. Last time out, he earned his first win with six scoreless innings against the Dodgers in Mexico.

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  • W: M. Mikolas (5-0)L: J. Lyles (0-1)S: B. Norris (8)
  • HR: STL - T. Pham (6), SD - R. Lopez (2)
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K. Wong 2B40000023.202.301.326.627-1.0
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    T. Jankowski RF30000101.310.394.448.8421.0
    E. Hosmer 1B40000012.263.368.474.841-0.5
    J. Pirela 2B40100021.261.323.333.6570.0
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    C. Headley 3B40000013.120.241.140.381-0.5
    R. Lopez C31111001.222.333.556.8896.0
    F. Galvis SS30000001.223.297.273.5700.0
    M. Margot CF30000000.196.245.314.5590.0
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    A. Cimber P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
    • a-walked for Maton in the 6th
    • b-popped out for Erlin in the 8th
    BATTING
    • HR - T. Pham (6)
    • SF - J. Martinez (2)
    • RBI - T. Pham (15), J. Martinez (20)
    • 2-Out RBI - T. Pham (6)
    BATTING
    • HR - R. Lopez (2)
    • RBI - R. Lopez (3)
    • 2-Out RBI - R. Lopez
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - M. Ozuna (2)
    • CS - J. Martinez (2)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - M. Szczur (2)
    FIELDING
    • Outfield Assist - M. Ozuna (2)
    • DP - (Wong-DeJong-Martinez)
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Pirela-Galvis-Hosmer)
    • PB - R. Lopez
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    M. Mikolas (W, 5-0)6.25111412.510.9623.0
    J. Hicks (H, 3)0.10000001.021.250.0
    G. Holland (H, 1)1.00001005.231.942.0
    B. Norris (S, 8)1.00000102.450.9810.5
    PITCHERSIP
    M. Mikolas (W, 5-0)6.2
    J. Hicks (H, 3)0.1
    G. Holland (H, 1)1.0
    B. Norris (S, 8)1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    J. Lyles (L, 0-1)5.05211613.281.096.0
    P. Maton1.02000100.641.431.5
    R. Erlin2.00000203.751.047.0
    A. Cimber1.01000203.181.193.0
    PITCHERSIP
    J. Lyles (L, 0-1)5.0
    P. Maton1.0
    R. Erlin2.0
    A. Cimber1.0
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - M. Mikolas 100-64, J. Hicks 5-3, G. Holland 14-10, B. Norris 15-9
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Mikolas 11-3, G. Holland 2-1, B. Norris 1-1
    • Batters Faced - M. Mikolas 24, J. Hicks, G. Holland 4, B. Norris 3
    PITCHING
    • WP - J. Lyles
    • Pitches-Strikes - J. Lyles 81-50, P. Maton 14-10, R. Erlin 29-19, A. Cimber 15-11
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Lyles 3-5, R. Erlin 2-2
    • Batters Faced - J. Lyles 20, P. Maton 4, R. Erlin 6, A. Cimber 4
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    M. Carpenter 3B-1B40000031.147.296.284.581-1.5
    J. Martinez 1B30110000.288.359.456.8151.0
    G. Holland P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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    D. Fowler RF30100101.156.271.303.5742.0
    P. DeJong SS40200003.258.336.477.8122.0
    K. Wong 2B40000023.202.301.326.627-1.0
    C. Kelly C30000010.000.125.000.125-0.5
    M. Mikolas P30000030.059.158.235.393-1.5
    J. Hicks P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      T. Jankowski RF30000101.310.394.448.8421.0
      E. Hosmer 1B40000012.263.368.474.841-0.5
      J. Pirela 2B40100021.261.323.333.6570.0
      F. Cordero LF40300000.281.349.500.8493.0
      C. Headley 3B40000013.120.241.140.381-0.5
      R. Lopez C31111001.222.333.556.8896.0
      F. Galvis SS30000001.223.297.273.5700.0
      M. Margot CF30000000.196.245.314.5590.0
      J. Lyles P10000010.000.000.000.000-0.5
      P. Maton P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
      a- M. Szczur PH00000100.250.333.375.7083.0
      R. Erlin P0000-000.500.500.500.000-
      b- C. Villanueva PH10000000.241.322.537.8590.0
      A. Cimber P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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      • a-walked for Maton in the 6th
      • b-popped out for Erlin in the 8th
      BATTING
      • HR - T. Pham (6)
      • SF - J. Martinez (2)
      • RBI - T. Pham (15), J. Martinez (20)
      • 2-Out RBI - T. Pham (6)
      BATTING
      • HR - R. Lopez (2)
      • RBI - R. Lopez (3)
      • 2-Out RBI - R. Lopez
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - M. Ozuna (2)
      • CS - J. Martinez (2)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - M. Szczur (2)
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - M. Ozuna (2)
      • DP - (Wong-DeJong-Martinez)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Pirela-Galvis-Hosmer)
      • PB - R. Lopez
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Mikolas (W, 5-0)6.25111412.510.9623.0
      J. Hicks (H, 3)0.10000001.021.250.0
      G. Holland (H, 1)1.00001005.231.942.0
      B. Norris (S, 8)1.00000102.450.9810.5
      Total9.0511251---
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Mikolas (W, 5-0)6.2
      J. Hicks (H, 3)0.1
      G. Holland (H, 1)1.0
      B. Norris (S, 8)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Lyles (L, 0-1)5.05211613.281.096.0
      P. Maton1.02000100.641.431.5
      R. Erlin2.00000203.751.047.0
      A. Cimber1.01000203.181.193.0
      Total9.08211111---
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Lyles (L, 0-1)5.0
      P. Maton1.0
      R. Erlin2.0
      A. Cimber1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Mikolas 100-64, J. Hicks 5-3, G. Holland 14-10, B. Norris 15-9
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Mikolas 11-3, G. Holland 2-1, B. Norris 1-1
      • Batters Faced - M. Mikolas 24, J. Hicks, G. Holland 4, B. Norris 3
      PITCHING
      • WP - J. Lyles
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Lyles 81-50, P. Maton 14-10, R. Erlin 29-19, A. Cimber 15-11
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Lyles 3-5, R. Erlin 2-2
      • Batters Faced - J. Lyles 20, P. Maton 4, R. Erlin 6, A. Cimber 4
      • 7TH INNING
        Lopez homered to center21
      • 5TH INNING
        Pham homered to left20
      • 1ST INNING
        Martinez hit sacrifice fly to center, Pham scored10
      • 9TH INNING
        • Adam Cimber pitching
        • M. Ozuna: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ozuna struck out swinging
        • D. Fowler: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Fowler fouled out to third
        • P. DeJong: Ball, Foul, DeJong singled to left center
        • K. Wong: Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Foul tip, Wong struck out on foul tip
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Bud Norris relieved Greg Holland
        • J. Pirela: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Pirela struck out swinging
        • F. Cordero: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Cordero flied out to deep left
        • C. Headley: Ball, Headley grounded out to second
        • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • R. Erlin Pitching:
        • T. Pham: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Pham lined out to right
        • M. Carpenter: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Carpenter lined out to first
        • J. Martinez: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Martinez grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Greg Holland pitching
        • Jedd Gyorko at third
        • M. Margot: Strike looking, Strike looking, Margot grounded out to catcher
        • Christian Villanueva hit for Robbie Erlin
        • C. Villanueva: Strike looking, Villanueva popped out to second
        • T. Jankowski: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Jankowski walked
        • E. Hosmer: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Hosmer grounded out to pitcher
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • Robbie Erlin pitching
        • K. Wong: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Wong grounded out to shortstop
        • C. Kelly: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Kelly struck out swinging
        • M. Mikolas: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Mikolas struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Mikolas Pitching:
        • F. Cordero: Cordero singled to right
        • C. Headley: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Headley grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Cordero out at second
        • R. Lopez: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Lopez homered to center
        • Jordan Hicks relieved Miles Mikolas
        • F. Galvis: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Galvis flied out to deep left
        • End of the 7th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • Phil Maton relieved Jordan Lyles
        • J. Martinez: Martinez singled to right
        • M. Ozuna: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Ozuna struck out swinging
        • D. Fowler: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Martinez caught stealing, catcher to shortstop, Strike swinging, Ball, Fowler reached on an infield single to third
        • P. DeJong: Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, DeJong flied out to center
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Matt Szczur hit for Phil Maton
        • M. Szczur: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Szczur walked
        • T. Jankowski: Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Jankowski fouled out to third
        • E. Hosmer: Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Hosmer struck out swinging
        • J. Pirela: Ball, Szczur stole second, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Pirela struck out looking
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • J. Lyles Pitching:
        • C. Kelly: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Kelly lined out to center
        • M. Mikolas: Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Mikolas struck out swinging
        • T. Pham: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Pham homered to left
        • M. Carpenter: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, Carpenter struck out on foul tip
        • Middle of the 5th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • M. Mikolas Pitching:
        • R. Lopez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Lopez grounded out to first
        • F. Galvis: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Galvis grounded out to shortstop
        • M. Margot: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Margot flied out to center
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • J. Lyles Pitching:
        • M. Ozuna: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ozuna singled to right
        • D. Fowler: Ball, Ozuna stole second, Ball, Strike swinging, Fowler flied out to left
        • P. DeJong: Ball, Ball, DeJong singled to center, Ozuna to third
        • K. Wong: Wong grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, DeJong out at second
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Mikolas Pitching:
        • E. Hosmer: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Hosmer grounded out to second
        • J. Pirela: Ball, Ball, Pirela singled to deep left, Pirela out at second
        • F. Cordero: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Cordero singled to center
        • C. Headley: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Headley grounded out to second
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • J. Lyles Pitching:
        • T. Pham: Pham lined out to center
        • M. Carpenter: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Carpenter struck out looking
        • J. Martinez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Martinez grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Mikolas Pitching:
        • M. Margot: Strike looking, Ball, Margot flied out to right
        • J. Lyles: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Lyles struck out swinging
        • T. Jankowski: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Jankowski grounded out to second
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • J. Lyles Pitching:
        • K. Wong: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Wong struck out swinging
        • C. Kelly: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Kelly grounded out to third
        • M. Mikolas: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Mikolas struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Mikolas Pitching:
        • F. Cordero: Foul, Ball, Cordero singled to left
        • C. Headley: Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Headley struck out swinging
        • R. Lopez: Pickoff attempt, Lopez reached on fielder's choice to first, Cordero out at second
        • F. Galvis: Foul, Galvis grounded out to second
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • J. Lyles Pitching:
        • T. Pham: Strike looking, Pham singled to center
        • M. Carpenter: Foul, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Carpenter struck out swinging
        • J. Martinez: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pham to second on wild pitch, Strike looking, Ball, Pham to third on passed ball, Martinez hit sacrifice fly to center, Pham scored
        • M. Ozuna: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ozuna reached on an infield single to shortstop
        • D. Fowler: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Fowler walked, Ozuna to second
        • P. DeJong: Strike looking, DeJong lined out to second
        • Middle of the 1st (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Mikolas Pitching:
        • T. Jankowski: Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Jankowski grounded out to second
        • E. Hosmer: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Hosmer grounded out to third
        • J. Pirela: Ball, Foul, Pirela grounded out to third
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)