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Padres rout Cardinals 12-1

Coverage of today's Cards and Padres game can be heard on Newstalk 97.3 WTIM beginning at 2:05pm.

San  Diego, CA  (SportsNetwork.com) - Will Venable and Jedd Gyorko homered and 
knocked  in four  runs apiece to back  seven solid innings from Jesse Hahn, as 
the  San Diego  Padres routed  the St.  Louis Cardinals,  12-1, in  the middle 
contest of a three-game series. 

Yangervis  Solarte went 4-for-5  with two RBI and a run scored for the Padres, 
who pounded out 16 hits. Alexi Amarista went 3-for-5 with three runs scored. 

Hahn  (7-2), who celebrated his 25th birthday on Wednesday, gave up one run on 
four hits. The right-hander won his third straight start. 

"To  get  a win on  your birthday, that's an  awesome feeling," Hahn said. "It 
makes it a lot easier when they put up runs like that." 

Peter  Bourjos  drove in the  lone run for the Cardinals, who saw starter Joe 
Kelly (2-2) give up four runs on seven hits over five innings. 

The  Padres jumped  out to  a 1-0  lead in  the first.  Amarista reached  on a 
fielder's choice, moved to second when Yasmani Grandal walked, stole third and 
raced home on Solarte's single to right. 

San Diego tacked on another run in the third. Amarista doubled to right-center 
field, advanced to third on Seth Smith's groundout and scored on a wild pitch. 

The  home team scored  two more runs in the fourth. Gyorko hit a one-out homer 
to  left.  Yonder Alonso followed  with a triple  down the left-field line and 
crossed the plate on Venable's single. 

St.  Louis  finally got  on the board  in the seventh.  Matt Adams doubled and 
Jhonny  Peralta singled  to put men on the corners. After Oscar Taveras struck 
out swinging, Bourjos hit an RBI fielder's choice. 

But the Padres exploded for eight runs in the bottom half of the frame. Carlos 
Martinez  put men on  the corners with one out before handing the ball over to 
Randy  Choate.  Smith greeted Choate with  an RBI double to left-center field, 
and Grandal was intentionally walked to load the bases. 

Seth  Maness  came in from the  bullpen and gave  up an RBI single to Solarte. 
Gyorko  followed with  a three-run double past a diving Bourjos in left-center 
field. Alonso walked prior to Venable's three-run homer. 

"Probably  our ugliest loss of the year," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said. 
"That's  the  best way to  describe it. That's not  the kind of baseball we've 
played  all year. It was terrible. That's just not what we do. Take any aspect 
of the game and it was awful." 

                                   Game Notes 

Prior  to  Wednesday's game,  the Cardinals  acquired pitcher Justin Masterson 
from  the Cleveland Indians in exchange for outfield prospect James Ramsey ... 
St. Louis went 1-for-7 with runners in scoring position and stranded five. 

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