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 Coverage of today's Cards and Padres game can be heard on Newstalk 97.3 WTIM beginning at 8:35pm.

San Diego, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Yangervis Solarte smacked a solo homer and 
scored  two runs as  the San Diego Padres topped the St. Louis Cardinals, 3-1, 
in the opener of a three-game set. 

Tyson  Ross (10-10)  struck out seven and  allowed a run on four hits and five 
walks over six innings for the Padres, who snapped a three-game losing streak. 

"He's  been  so good over the  past couple months, especially this month. When 
something   like  this  happens  with  the  five  walks,  it's  a  little  bit 
exasperating  because  he's been  so good,"  Padres manager  Bud Black said of 

Lance Lynn (11-8) surrendered two runs -- one earned -- on four hits and three 
walks  with  six strikeouts over  six frames for  St. Louis, which has dropped 
five of its last seven games. 

The  game was tied 1-1 before the Padres plated a run in the sixth and seventh 
innings to go ahead. 

Solarte and Seth Smith worked walks in the sixth before Will Venable popped up 
on  a bunt  attempt and  Yonder Alonso  flied out.  Jedd Gyorko,  though, came 
through with two outs when he lined a single to left to bring home Solarte. 

Solarte  ripped his  solo shot down the  right-field line with two outs in the 
seventh to extend the Padres' margin to 3-1. 

Kevin  Quackenbush  tossed a  scoreless eighth and  Joaquin Benoit blanked the 
Cardinals in the ninth to notch his third save of the season. 

Earlier,  Alexi  Amarista's sacrifice  fly  in  the  third inning  opened  the 
scoring, but St. Louis got the run back in the fifth. 

Lynn  singled  and Matt Carpenter  doubled before  a Kolten Wong sacrifice fly 
scored  Lynn. Matt Holliday then bounced one right to Solarte, who was playing 
in  at  third, and he came  home with the throw  to nab Carpenter and keep the 
game tied at 1-1. 

                                   Game Notes 

The  Padres  were 2-for-12 with  runners in  scoring position, while St. Louis 
finished 0-for-7 and left 10 men on base ... Solarte's homer was his second as 
a Padre and sixth of the season. 

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