Game Report: Cardinals 8, Padres 5

Jedd Gyorko and Aledmys Diaz hit back-to-back homers and Randal Grichuk drove in three runs to lead the Cardinals past the Padres Sunday in San Diego.

Gyorko and Diaz connected in the sixth inning to tie the game at 5 before Grichuk, who had singled in a run in the first, doubled in two runs in a three-run eighth inning.

The three RBIs from Grichuk were the first RBIs the Cardinals had received out of the cleanup spot in the batting order in 12 games.

Here is how the game broke down:

At the plate: After becoming the first Cardinals rookie to go 5-for-5 since Wally Moon in 1954 on Saturday night, Diaz had three more hits on Sunday and finished the series 9-for-11. He had his seventh consecutive hit in the second before the streak ended on a fly to right field in the fourth. The three hits raised his batting average to .480 for the season … Gyorko also had a big series against his former team. His three hits on Sunday, including his fourth homer and a triple, left him 6-for-11 in the three games … Matt Carpenter drove in the go-ahead run with a triple in the eighth … The Cardinals got two more pinch-hits, singles from Matt Adams and Matt Holliday … Stephen Piscotty had a rough day, going 0-for-5, striking out three times, and leaving six runners on base.

On the mound: Mike Leake, making his fourth start and still looking for his first win, left with a no-decision after five innings. He allowed all five Padres runs, although only three were earned … Seung Hwan Oh, Kevin Siegrist, Jonathan Broxton and Trevor Rosenthal all worked a scoreless inning of relief, although Rosenthal gave up two hits and needed 34 pitches to get out of the inning and earn his fifth save … The win went to Siegrist, making him 3-0 on the season.

Key stat:
The homers by Gyorko and Diaz increased the Cardinals total through the first 18 games of the season to 28. They are tied with the Rockies for the second most homers so far in the NL, one behind the Diamondbacks, who hit four on Sunday. The Cardinals did not hit their 28th homer last season until their 36th game of the year, on May 16.

Of note: The Cardinals also committed two more errors on Sunday, one by Gyorko on a bad throw and one by Brandon Moss, playing first base, for bobbling a grounder and being slow to run to the base. The errors left the Cardinals with 19 for the season, 17 charged against their infielders … According to researcher Tom Orf, the homers from Gyorko and Diaz were the first back-to-back homers out of the seventh and eighth spots in the batting order since Rick Ankiel and Khalil Greene went back-to-back on June 19, 2009 … The two runs in the first inning were the first runs for the Cardinals in the first inning in nine road games this season.

Looking ahead:
The Cardinals’ road trip continues Monday night with the first of four games in Arizona. Jaime Garcia will get the start for the Cardinals against Zack Greinke.