Game Report: Padres 4, Cardinals 3

Carlos Martinez threw 101 pitches on Thursday night but the throw to the plate that caused the most damage came on a comebacker to the mound.

With the bases loaded and one out in the sixth inning, and the Cardinals leading the Padres 1-0 at Busch Stadium, Martinez fielded the grounder hit by Cory Spangenberg and attempted to get a force out at the plate.

Instead, his wild throw allowed the tying run to score and the next batter, Matt Szczur, followed with an RBI single that put the Padres ahead in a game they would go on to win with two runs in the ninth inning against the beleaguered Cardinals’ bullpen.

Here is how the game broke down:

At the plate: Paul DeJong and Dexter Fowler each had three hits and scored a run for the Cardinals … After the Padres took the 2-1 lead the Cardinals tied the game on an RBI single from Yadier Molina in the bottom of the sixth … Randal Grichuk led off the ninth with his 16th homer of the season, but the Cardinals next three hitters went down in order … Kolten Wong hit leadoff for the second consecutive night as Matt Carpenter was still sick and had a pair of singles.

On the mound:
Martinez worked seven innings, scattering seven hits. He walked two and struck out six … Tyler Lyons walked two batters in the eighth but got out of the jam, extending his streak of consecutive scoreless innings to 15 2/3 innings … in the ninth, Sam Tuivailala gave up two hits to the first two hitters he faced, and Zach Duke allowed an RBI single to the only hitter he faced that gave the Padres the lead. Matt Bowman allowed the second run before Brett Cecil, the fourth pitcher of the inning, struck out the last two hitters.

Key stat: The Cardinals were just 2-of-10 with runners in scoring position and hit into four double plays, three on balls hit by Tommy Pham. The last Cardinal to hit into three double plays in the same game was Jhonny Peralta in 2015.

Worth noting: Gyorko has driven in a run in all nine games he has played against the Padres, tied with Jeff Bagwell for the longest RBI streak ever against San Diego. … The Cardinals lost two of the three games against the Padres, losing a home series for the first time since June 22-24 against the Pirates.

Looking ahead: Tampa Bay comes to town on Friday night to open a three-game series. Michael Wacha will pitch against Jake Odorizzi, a native of Highland, Ill.