Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Shaky Bullpen Derails' Birds; Padres 4, Cards 2 - Relievers Struggle after Miller Leaves with Team Ahead 2-1

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Shaky Bullpen Derails' Birds; Padres 4, Cards 2 - Relievers Struggle after Miller Leaves with Team Ahead 2-1

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SAN DIEGO * The Cardinals' bullpen, resolute in the eighth and ninth innings with Trevor Rosenthal and Edward Mujica in that order, still is a work in progress before that.

Manager Mike Matheny called on two veterans Monday night to succeed rookie Shelby Miller, who left with a 2-1 lead. Both let him down as the Padres rallied to beat the Cardinals 4-2, marking their fourth straight win here over the Cardinals in Matheny's two-season tenure.

Miller, after wobbling early, found himself in potentially a rough third inning but was lifted following the second of his two walks in the sixth.

Salas entered to allow a game-tying single by Chris Denorfia, his third hit. The other runners wound up at third and second on center fielder Jon Jay's off-line throw home.

Salas then walked John Baker and hit pinch-hitter Jesus Guzman with a 1-2 pitch to nudge the Padres ahead and hang Miller with his third loss.

Mitchell Boggs' re-emergence after two weeks in Memphis did not go all that well, either. It did for one pitch, a called strike, to Will Venable in the seventh inning.

Then Venable smoked his seventh homer of the season, 406 feet on the next pitch, and the Padres extended their lead.

Boggs, who rallied to get five ground-ball outs in his two- inning stint, has given up 16 earned runs in 12 2/3 innings this season.

The Cardinals hit into three double plays and were stymied on a couple of other occasions by excellent defense from outfielder Denorfia, shortstop Everth Cabrera and third baseman Chase Headley.

Allen Craig's double-play grounder broke up a potential big inning for the Cardinals in the third, but it wasn't all bad.

Craig's two-out play at least scored Carlos Beltran from third as the Cardinals went ahead 2-1. Beltran had doubled and moved to third on Matt Holliday's hard single to left.

Miller, who needed 45 pitches to navigate the first two innings, was forced to pitch around Cabrera's triple, which opened the Padres' third. Miller struck out Venable and Headley and retired Carlos Quentin on a popup.

Finding his way after that, Miller then set down the Padres in the fourth and the fifth, too, with the help of catcher Yadier Molina in the fifth. …

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