Game Report: Padres 4, Cardinals 1

Adam Wainwright had his best start of the season but still fell to 0-3 as he got little support from the Cardinals’ offense in the opener of the series Friday night in San Diego.

Here is how the game broke down:

At the plate: Randal Grichuk’s homer in the fourth inning produced the only run for the Cardinals, who had only five other hits … They left runners on second and third in the fifth when Matt Carpenter struck out and Stephen Piscotty grounded out … In the seventh, pinch-hitter Aledmys Diaz reached on an infield single but made a baserunning mistake trying to score after a throw got away on a double by Ruben Tejada and was cut down at the plate … Jeremy Hazelbaker struck out as a pinch-hitter to end the game and is now in an 0-for-17 slump … The Cardinals were 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position, the third time in their last four games they did not get a hit with a runner on second or third.

On the mound:
Wainwright gave up three runs on seven hits in six innings as he fell to 0-3 for the first time since 2012. Will Myers hit a solo homer in the first and the Padres added to their lead with runs in the third and fourth. Wainwright had just two strikeouts but also only issued one walk as he lost to the Padres for the first time since Sept. 11, 2012 … The Padres final run scored in the seventh off Seth Maness.

Of note: Matt Adams was 0-for-4 and struck out three times as the streak without an RBI out of the cleanup spot for the Cardinals reached 10 games. The team’s combined cleanup hitters are 10-for-62 this season, and the .162 average ranks last for cleanup hitters in the National League … Carpenter committed the team’s 16th error, in 16 games, the 14th by an infielder.

Looking ahead: Michael Wacha will get the start in the second game of the series on Saturday night.