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St. Louis, MO (SportsNetwork.com) - Jon Jay's pinch-hit, two-run double in the 
eighth inning helped give the St. Louis Cardinals a 4-3 win over the San Diego 
Padres to begin a four-game series. 

Jhonny  Peralta hit  a two-run home run  for the Cardinals, who have won their 
past two games. 

John Lackey pitched seven strong innings, giving up two runs on five hits with 
three  walks and five strikeouts. Seth Maness (4-2) nabbed the win for tossing 
a 1-2-3 eighth. 

Jedd  Gyorko and  Rymer Liriano each drove in  a run for the Padres, who had a 
five-game winning streak snapped. 

Eric Stults had a strong start, allowing two runs on four hits with a walk and 
a  strikeout  over seven innings.  Alex Torres (1-1) didn't  get an out in the 
eighth, however, as he allowed two runs on two hits and a walk. 

With  the game tied  at 2-2, Tony Cruz singled to start the Cardinals' half of 
the  eighth and  Daniel Descalso  followed with  a walk.  Matt Carpenter  then 
singled  to load  the bases and the  Padres brought in Nick Vincent to relieve 
Torres. 

With  the infield and outfield playing short, Jay lofted a pitch over the head 
of center fielder Will Venable for a double and a 4-2 lead. 

"As a pinch-hitter you have to be ready to go," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny 
said of Jay. "He was ready." 

Vincent didn't allow another run to keep the Padres in striking distance. 

With  Trevor Rosenthal  on the mound to  close the game for St. Louis, Yasmani 
Grandal  singled  to lead  off the  ninth. Alexi Amarista  later hit a one-out 
single and Chris Nelson walked to load the bases. 

Jake  Goebbert then  hit a single to right and Grandal easily scored. Amarista 
rounded  third in an attempt to tie the game, but Shane Robinson made a strong 
throw to home and A.J. Pierzynski made the tag on Amarista. 

The  play  was reviewed  to see if  Pierzynski did tag  Amarista, who tried to 
slide  around the tag and wound up tapping home plate before home plate umpire 
Bob Davidson called him out. The call was upheld. 

"These  plays  come from  New York so  there was no  explanation given to me," 
Padres  manager Bud  Black said  of the  play at  the plate.  "When that  play 
occurred,  you  saw two  major-league players react  to a play  that a tag was 
missed." 

Venable  then drew a four-pitch walk, but Rosenthal struck out Tommy Medica to 
pick up his 36th save of the season. 

Peralta's  two-run  homer in the  second gave the Cardinals the lead, but the 
Padres  tied the  game in  the sixth  on a  run-scoring fielder's  choice from 
Gyorko and RBI single by Liriano. 

 
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