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Eric Lauer carried a shutout into the sixth inning, Manuel Margot had three hits and the Padres beat the St. Louis Cardinals 4-2 on Wednesday night to win their fifth straight series.
San Diego has won 11 of 15 games, including five of its last seven. It’s the first time the Padres have won five consecutive series since 2010.
”It means we’re playing good baseball and that’s the most important thing,” said shortstop Freddy Galvis, who sparked the attack with a two-run double in the first inning.
Marcell Ozuna homered for the Cardinals, who have lost three of four.
Green warned his players about staying on an even keel heading into a four-game series in Atlanta.
”I don’t want to make too much out of the streak,” Green said. ”Over the course of a season, every team has some hot streaks and cold streaks. You can’t get caught up in those moments. It doesn’t serve the purpose.”
The Padres took two of three in a stadium where they had struggled. St. Louis had won 30 of its previous 42 home games against San Diego.
Lauer (3-4) gave up two runs and eight hits over 5 2/3 innings. He’s 3-0 when getting two or more runs of support.
”I felt a lot more comfortable out on the mound as far as not pressing,” Lauer said. ”I think I did a good job. I was out there just throwing my game.”
Lauer gave up six runs to St. Louis on seven hits during a 9-5 loss on May 11. The Cardinals hit four homers off him in a short 2 1/3 inning stint.
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Brad Hand recorded his 21st save in 23 opportunities. He got Jedd Gyorko to ground into a double play after hitting Yadier Molina to start the ninth.
San Diego reliever Jose Castillo struck out all four batters he faced. The Padres pitching staff did not walk a batter in the three-game series.
St. Louis starter Luke Weaver (3-6) gave up four runs and nine hits over 5 1/3 innings. He has just one win over his last 11 starts.
”I didn’t think it was a terrible start,” Weaver said. ”They just capitalized on the moments they needed to. I’ve just got to go back to the drawing board.”
Margot, who singled in the second and fourth, stretched the lead to 3-0 with a run-scoring triple in the sixth. Raffy Lopez followed with a broken-bat single off reliever Austin Gomber for a 4-0 lead.
Margot has hit safely in his last six games, going 9 for 20. He had two hits in a 4-2 win Tuesday.
Ozuna, who leads the team with 21 multihit games, has hit safely in 11 of his last 12.
St. Louis came into the series having won three of four.
”Sometimes we do our best with a real good team and sometimes – well I don’t know,” Ozuna said. ”It’s baseball and in baseball anything happens.”
The Cardinals have not allowed an error in their last six games. It is their longest errorless stretch since Aug. 3-8 last season.
Padres: C Austin Hedges began a rehab assignment with Class A Lake Elsinore on Tuesday. He went 1 for 2. Hedges was placed on the DL on May 1 with right elbow tendonitis. He has missed 38 games.
Cardinals: INF Jose Martinez will be out on paternity leave for the upcoming weekend series against the Chicago Cubs.
Padres: RHP Tyson Ross (5-3, 3.43) will open a four-game series at Atlanta against RHP Anibal Sanchez (2-0, 2.37) on Thursday. The Padres are in 10-3 when Tyson starts and have won the last six.
Cardinals: RHP Michael Wacha (8-1 Authentic M.J. Stewart Jersey , 2.47) face LHP Jon Lester (7-2, 2.22) in the first of a three-game home series against the Chicago Cubs on Friday. Wacha has won his last eight decisions against the Cubs.
Beat Feuz won the last men’s World Cup downhill race before the Olympics to underline his status as a gold-medal favorite on Saturday.
The world champion, second in Kitzbuehel, Austria last week, completed the 3.3-kilometer (2-mile) Kandahar course in 1 minute, 55.39 seconds, beating both Austria’s Vincent Kriechmayr and Italy’s Dominik Paris by 0.18 seconds.
It was the third win of the season for Feuz, his 15th overall, and it ensured the Swiss took the lead in the downhill standings from Aksel Lund Svindal. Feuz, who was 10 points behind the Norwegian Authentic Carlton Davis Jersey , now leads him by 40.
”I go as the downhill World Cup leader to the Olympic Games. It couldn’t be nicer,” Feuz said two weeks before the Pyeongchang Games commence.
”The World Cup will be decided in Are (Sweden) and not in Garmisch. But it’s nice to be able to discuss such performances and finishes at the moment,” the 30-year-old Feuz said, looking ahead to the last competition of the season in March.
Svindal’s wait for a podium finish in Garmisch-Partenkirchen continues after placing fourth in his eighth race on the Kandahar course, 0.28 behind Feuz.
Svindal was the first to go and seemed to be safe as Feuz was slower at the intervals, but the Swiss made up a lot of time after the final jump.
”It wasn’t bad but I’m not in the top three,” Svindal said. ”I wasn’t fully balanced after the landing from the free fall (jump). There were little things at play. It wasn’t a bad run, but not good enough for the win.”
Home favorite Thomas Dressen, who ended Germany’s 13-year wait for a men’s downhill win in Kitzbuehel, finished 0.53 behind in seventh Authentic Alex Cappa Jersey , while another German, Andreas Sander, was on course to beat Feuz but lost time after the final jump and finished 11th.
The 24-year-old Dressen was happy with his performance.
”The most important thing is the consistency and I can be satisfied with seventh place. The ones that are before me are no losers.”
A mistake after starting cost Christof Innerhofer any chance of winning. The Italian, who was quickest in both training sessions, finished 1.15 off the pace.
”I really feel sorry for him,” teammate Paris said. ”After the wins in both training runs he definitely could have won.”
Americans Steven Nyman, Jared Goldberg and Wiley Maple skipped the race to rest ahead of the Olympics.