ST. LOUIS (AP) — Jedd Gyorko hit his third career grand slam and drove in five runs, sparking the San Diego Padres to a 9-5 rain-delayed victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday night.
Gyorko’s eighth homer came on an 0-1 pitch from Kevin Siegrist (1-3) with one out in the seventh. The Padres had loaded the bases on two singles and a walk before Gyorko’s drive to left.
Rain then halted play later in the inning. The game was delayed 1 hour, 46 minutes and only a handful of the crowd of 44,079 stayed to watch the finish.
The Cardinals, who had won three in a row, dropped to three games back of Milwaukee for the NL Central lead. The Brewers beat Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers 3-2.
Alex Torres (2-1) earned the win when he got the last out in the sixth in relief of rookie starter Jesse Hahn. San Diego won for the sixth time in its last eight games.
Matt Adams’ two-out RBI triple in the fifth gave St. Louis a 5-4 lead. It was Adams’ team-high fifth triple.
The Cardinals struck for four runs in the second. Jhonny Peralta hit a run-scoring double down the left-field line and scored on Oscar Taveras’ one-out double that hit just in front of the wall in center.
Taveras returned to the starting lineup after two days on the bench. The rookie outfielder did have a pinch-hit RBI single Friday to snap a 2-for-20 slump.
Matt Carpenter added a two-run double for the Cardinals. Rymer Liriano tried to catch the line drive but it landed in front of him and bounced by him.
But San Diego got the runs back against Shelby Miller in the third.
Gyorko had an RBI single and rookie Jake Goebbert hit a bases-loaded triple with two down. He had four RBIs in his first 25 games.
Seth Smith’s third hit in the eighth drove the Padres’ final run.
Padres: 3B Yangervis Solarte returned to the lineup after missing two games with a mild left oblique strain. He was the leadoff spot, the third time he has done so this season.
Cardinals: RHP Michael Wacha (right shoulder) threw off the bullpen mound before the game. He threw 30 pitches. He had not pitched off a mound since his June 17 start against the New York Mets. He will undergo an MRI on Monday to check the shoulder.
St. Louis CF Jon Jay was hit twice by a pitch. He also was hit by a pitch twice Friday, giving him four in two games. He leads the major leagues with 14 hit by pitches.
CARDINALS HALL OF FAME
Willie McGee, Jim Edmonds, Mike Shannon and the late Marty Marion were honored Saturday with their induction into St. Louis’ newly created Cardinals Hall of Fame.
Rookie RHP Odrisamer Despaigne (3-3, 2.72 ERA) faces Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright (14-7, 2.34 ERA) in the finale of the four-game series. Despaigne pitched seven scoreless innings in a victory over Colorado in his previous start. Wainwright is 5-2 with a 1.47 ERA against the Padres. He is coming off a 3-0 loss at Miami in his last outing.