Donovan hit his first career grand slam in the seventh inning to take the lead. Albert Pujols The Cardinals snapped their third straight loss on Thursday with a 5-4 victory over the San Diego Padres.
Pujols was one of the first teammates to greet Donovan in the dugout.
“It was the biggest swing of the year, so it was cool for me,” Donovan said.
Pujols maintained his 698 career home runs, but hit two into left field, one single and one out on the warning track. His next destination for a 700-home run club is Dodger’s stadium, where the Cardinals start his three-game series on Friday.
Manny Machado He hit the 30th home run against the Padres, who were on a five-game winning streak. They are currently the NL’s No. 2 wildcard spot.
Donovan’s slam was the winner Jack Flaherty (1-1), nine strikeouts in six innings. He allowed 3 runs and 2 earned runs on his 4 hits and 4 walks.
Giovanni Gallegos In his 14th save he threw the 9th inning.
The Cardinals, having been shut out in the past three games, got on the board when Nootbaar took the lead in the fifth with a drive to right. Joe Musgrove 13th home run. This ended his 31 2/3 inning scoreless streak by a Padres starting pitcher, putting him five outs behind the club record.
Donovan said, “We’re a great team and we know we have a great offense that turns around all the time. “It was just a matter of who was going to do it. I’m excited for Lars. It’s a big swing. is.”
Musgrove was eliminated after 72 pitches in five innings, with Adrian Morejon hitting a perfect six RBIs to maintain a 3–1 lead.
Alec Burleson singled to lead the 7th, Nutevar drew a one-out walk, and manager Bob Melvin scored first. Nick Martinez (4-4). Tommy Edman Donovan walked to load the bases before hitting his first career grand slam deep into right center.
Donovan said he was aiming to drive the ball across most of the field and score a run when he connected with the 3-1 cutter. His fifth home run of the season.
“I just hit the barrel a little bit more than I thought I would. Still running hard. You never know,” he said.
When asked what he was thinking, he said, “Don’t miss the bases. .
Pujols, who is set to retire at the end of the season, singled with a one-hop off the left wall in the second inning. He flew out in the fourth and hit a drive from Molejon. Jurickson Profer I caught up with the truck in the finals out of six. He flew to center in the eighth inning.
Plofer hit Flaherty’s second pitch deep into the right seat for the fourth leadoff home run of his career and the third home run of the season. He has 15 overall. Plofer also hit an RBI double in the fifth inning.
Musgrove allowed one run, five hits, four strikeouts, and two walks.
Norman Powell of the Los Angeles Clippers threw the first pitch at Lincoln High in San Diego. Teammate Paul George attended the final homestand and visited the winning Padres clubhouse. Kawhi, who played two of his seasons at San Diego State, attended the game early in the season with his family. The Clippers moved from San Diego to Los Angeles in 1984.
Cardinals: LHP Jose Quintana (5-6, 3.16 ERA) will start Friday night in the opener of a three-game series against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Andrew Heaney (3-2, 2.66 ERA) is the pitch of the NL West leaders.
Padres: LHP Sean Manair (7-9, 5.18 ERA) is scheduled to start Friday night in the final outing of the regular season, the opener of a three-game series in Colorado.Rockies set to start RHP Ryan Feltner (3-8, 6.05 ERA).