Game Report: Cardinals 8, Padres 4

Jose Martinez and Harrison Bader are doing their best to ensure the injuries that have taken Matt Carpenter and Dexter Fowler out of the Cardinals’ lineup will not derail the team’s playoff hopes.

Both Martinez and Bader came through again Tuesday night as Martinez homered twice and Bader hit a three-run blast to carry the Cardinals past the Padres in San Diego.

Martinez, playing first base, also had a double to go with his two homers and three RBIs. In the eight games on the current road trip, Martinez has 10 hits in 22 at-bats, including three homers, and has driven in six runs.

Bader, starting in center field, also had a single and scored twice. He has played five games on the trip since being recalled from Memphis and has gone 6-of-18 with three home runs.

The Cardinals trail the Rockies by three games for the second wild-card spot but are just a half-game behind the Brewers in that race. They trail the Cubs by four games in the NL Central, where they also are a half-game behind the Brewers.

Here is how the game broke down:


At the plate:
Bader led off the game with his single in advance of the two-out opposite-field homer by Martinez … In the second, Stephen Piscotty was thrown out at the plate trying to score on a safety squeeze bunt by Michael Wacha, but Bader picked him up by slamming the three-run homer … Martinez then doubled and scored one of two Cardinals’ runs in the third, and hit his second homer of the game and 13th of the season in the seventh … Six of the eight position players in the lineup for the Cardinals played for Triple A Memphis this season, and Martinez also was on the roster there but was recalled before appearing in a game … The newest addition from Memphis was Breyvic Valera, recalled on Tuesday, who started at second base and was 0-of-4.

On the mound:
The Padres scored two runs in each of the first two innings off starter Michael Wacha, including a two-run homer from pitcher Travis Wood … Wacha allowed just three hits following the second-inning homer as he pitched through the sixth en route to his 11th victory … Matt Bowman, Brett Cecil and Tyler Lyons worked the final three innings to close out the Cardinals’ third consecutive victory.

Key stat:
Martinez has been particularly effective versus left-handed pitching this season. His three hits on Tuesday night improved his season totals to 20 hits in 50 at-bats, a .400 average, with seven home runs.

Worth noting: Martinez became the third Cardinal to have a two-homer game at Petco Park, joining Albert Pujols in 2008 and Piscotty in 2015 … The Cardinals were without four regulars on Tuesday night as Carpenter, Fowler, Kolten Wong and Tommy Pham were not able to play because of a variety of injuries. Wong was sent back to St. Louis to get treatment for a sore back, but the team hopes he will be well enough to play when they return to St. Louis on Friday … An MRI revealed that Carpenter has inflammation in his right shoulder but his availability wasn’t known. Fowler has missed three games because of a sore hip and Pham also has a sore shoulder … Adam Wainwright was nominated Tuesday as the Cardinals’ candidate for the Roberto Clemente award, given annually by Major League Baseball to a player for “extraordinary character, community involvement, philanthropy and positive contributions, both on and off the field.” The winner will be announced during the World Series.

Looking ahead:
Jack Flaherty will make the second start in the majors on Wednesday night, another 9:10 p.m. game St. Louis time. He pitched four innings and was not involved in the decision in his first start on Friday night in San Francisco.