Game Report: Padres 12, Cardinals 4

By Rob Rains

The call went out to the Cardinals bullpen before the seventh inning of Tuesday night’s game against the Padres, summoning a reliever into a 4-4 game.

It turned out to be another wrong number.

Matt Bowman did not retire any of the three hitters he faced, all of whom eventually scored, and Zach Duke gave up a three-run homer to send the Padres to the win at Busch Stadium.

The six runs in the seventh were as many runs as the Padres had scored combined in their previous four games.

It was the 12th consecutive game the Cardinals allowed at least five runs, now one away from tying the franchise record. The Cardinals gave up five or more runs in 13 consecutive games in 1929 and matched that streak in 2003.

Yangervis Solarte drove in half of the runs, and his six RBIs were the most ever by a Padres’ player in a game in St. Louis. Four players had driven in five, most recently Jedd Gyorko when he was with the Padres in 2014.

Combined with the Cubs’ win over the Reds on Tuesday night, the Cardinals fell 4 ½ games out of first – exactly the same spot they were in before they won eight games in a row from Aug. 5 through Aug. 12, which for one day moved them into a first-place tie.

The loss was the sixth in their last eight games for the Cardinals.

Here is how the game broke down:

At the plate: All of the Cardinals’ runs scored on home runs. Gyorko hit a two-run shot in the fourth, followed by a homer from Stephen Piscotty that tied the game at 3. After they fell behind again, Yadier Molina tied the game at 4 with a homer with two outs in the sixth … Gyorko’s homer was his 18th of the season and it was the 15th for Molina, while Piscotty homered for the first time in the majors since June 18 …. The top four hitters in the Cardinals’ lineup were a combined 0-of-13 before Dexter Fowler doubled in the eighth inning.

On the mound:
Starter Lance Lynn worked six innings, allowing a bases-loaded double to Solarte in the third after he hit two batters with a pitch. Solarte also doubled in a run off Lynn in the fifth before capping his big night with a two-run homer off Josh Lucas in the eighth … That came after the Padres’ six-run seventh, when Bowman issued a walk and allowed two singles before Duke relieved and gave up a two-run single before Austin Hedges capped the inning with a three-run homer.

Key stat: In the last 12 games, the Cardinals have allowed a total of 83 runs, 77 of which have been earned runs, in a span of 104 2/3 innings. That works out to be an ERA of 6.62.

Worth noting: Trevor Rosenthal has received a second opinion on his injured right elbow, and the Cardinals expect a decision soon on whether he will need surgery … Kevin Siegrist, also on the DL, will begin a rehab assignment on Wednesday with Palm Beach … Gyorko played his final game with the Padres on Oct. 4, 2015, but when he faced them on Tuesday night, less than two years later, only four of the players on the 25-man roster remained from that season (Will Myers, Solarte, Cory Spangenberg and Hedges) … Tuesday night’s game began a stretch in which 20 of 22 games for the Cardinals will be against teams with losing records. The only exception is a two-game series next week in Milwaukee … The last opposing player to drive in six runs in a game in St. Louis was Junior Lake of the Cubs on May 12, 2014. The Busch 3 record is 8 RBIs by J.R. Towles of the Astros in 2007.

Looking ahead: Luke Weaver moves into the Cardinals’ rotation in place of the injured Adam Wainwright on Wednesday night. He will be opposed by Jhoulys Chacin. It will be Weaver’s third start of the season and 11th of his career.

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