Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Descalso Becomes a Slugger Overnight; Cards 10, Padres 2 - Grand Slam, 5 RBIs Help Wainwright Win

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Descalso Becomes a Slugger Overnight; Cards 10, Padres 2 - Grand Slam, 5 RBIs Help Wainwright Win

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SAN DIEGO * Adam Wainwright, Daniel Descalso and Mike Matheny all recorded firsts at Petco Park on Tuesday night.

The first had never won a game there as a pitcher. The second never had hit a grand slam. And the third had been 0-4 there as a manager.

All those droughts were satisfied in a 10-2 Cardinals win over San Diego as Cardinals righthander Wainwright held the Padres to four hits in 7 1/3 innings and second baseman Descalso drove in a career-high five runs, including belting a grand slam in a four-run eighth inning. Matheny now is 1-4 at Petco Park in his two seasons in charge of the Cardinals.

Almost from the beginning, the Cardinals were hitting rockets off San Diego starter Edinson Volquez, but there was little fruition until the fifth when the Cardinals raked Volquez, 2-5 in his career against the Cardinals, for six hits and four runs.

Breaking a 1-1 tie, Jon Jay singled to right and motored in from first on Descalso's second hit of three, a double into the right- field corner. Pete Kozma beat out an infield hit, sending Descalso to third.

Wainwright sacrificed for the second time, putting two runners in scoring position as Descalso held third.

Matt Carpenter struck out but Carlos Beltran picked him up with a two-out single that ran the Cardinals' lead to 4-1. Beltran is 14 for 31 (.452) with runners in scoring position.

Matt Holliday then singled and Allen Craig, a.405 batter with men in scoring position, doubled to make it 5-1.

Descalso, in the Cardinals' lineup largely because David Freese's right hand still was swollen, was hitting .197 at game time. And the count was 1-2 when the lefthanded batter turned around Anthony Bass' next offering and smacked his second homer of the season.

San Diego helped the Cardinals a bit in the inning. Matt Holliday struck out but reached first on Bass' wild pitch. Then, after Craig singled, Yadier Molina bounced into a potential double play. But shortstop Everth Cabrera was ruled to have left second base too soon after taking first baseman Yonder Alonso's relay. Molina was out at first, but the other runners were safe.

Jay was walked intentionally in front of Descalso, who made the Padres pay. …

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