Albert Pujols hit a walk-off sacrifice fly to lift the St. Louis Cardinals over the visiting San Diego Padres 3-2 in 10 innings Tuesday.
The Cardinals won for the eighth time in 11 games while the Padres lost for the fifth time in seven games.
Cardinals starting pitcher Adam Wainwright allowed just two hits and struck out 10 in seven scoreless innings. He retired 14 straight batters during one stretch.
Drew VerHagen (3-0), the fourth Cardinals pitcher, worked the 10th inning and earned the victory.
Padres starting pitcher Blake Snell allowed two runs on two hits and three walks in six innings. Taylor Rogers (0-2) took the loss.
Trent Grisham provided the Padres offense hit a two-run homer.
Padres third baseman Manny Machado and San Diego manager Bob Melvin were ejected in the sixth inning by home plate umpire Chris Segal. Machado threw his bat and helmet after a called third strike and Melvin argued on his behalf.
Paul Goldschmidt drew a walk in the first inning to extend his on-base streak to 36 games. Nolan Arenado snapped a 0-for-17 slump with single, but Snell struck out the next two batters.
The Cardinals took a 2-0 lead in the third inning. Brendan Donovan walked and scored when Goldschmidt hit a double to extend his hitting streak to 22 games.
Goldschmidt later scored on Pujols’ sacrifice fly.
The Padres tied the game in the eighth inning off reliever Giovanny Gallegos. Jorge Alfaro hit a double and Grisham smacked his homer.
Arenado and Pujols hit two-out singles off reliever Luis Garcia in the bottom of the eighth inning, but Lars Nootbaar grounded out.
Edmundo Sosa hit a double in the ninth, but Padres reliever Robert Suarez worked out of the jam to send the game to extra innings.
Nootbaar threw out Padres pinch-runner Jose Azocar trying to score on Jurickson Profar’s 10th inning single into left field to keep the game tied 2-2.
Tommy Edman stole third with one out in the bottom of the inning to set up Pujols’ sacrifice fly.
–Field Level Media