ST. LOUIS (AP) - The San Diego Padres started the second half of the season the way they finished the first.
After dropping 18 of their last 22 games before the All-Star break, the Padres began a 10-game road trip with a 9-3 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday night, as Jason Marquis lost his third straight.
San Diego fell behind 6-0, but after rookie Carlos Martinez allowed three runs in the ninth to make it a three-run game, the Cardinals had to call on All-Star Edward Mujica to get the last two outs to record his 27th save in 29 chances.
``If we're down, we're going to keep playing until there's 27 outs against us,' said San Diego's Chase Headley. ``Guys didn't quit. We started getting good at_bats and putting good swings on the ball.'
Added manager Bud Black: ``We got 13 hits and we put some stress on them. We forced them to bring in their closer and we started hitting the ball with some authority.'
Jake Westbrook pitched 6 1-3 innings of two-run ball and contributed three hits, and All-Star Matt Carpenter continued his strong season with three hits and three RBIs for the Cardinals. Fellow All-Stars Carlos Beltran and Yadier Molina each drove in two runs for the Cardinals, with Beltran contributing two sacrifice flies and Molina a two-run double in the seventh.
A career .116 hitter, Westbrook had never had more than one hit in a game.
``I ran into a few, I guess,' Westbrook said. ``It's the first time I ran the bases that much since high school.'
The right-hander, who scored twice and had an RBI, surpassed his hit output for the year with two singles and a double in his three at_bats. That raised his batting from .100 to .217.
``Somebody comes in 2 for 20, you don't expect three hits,' Black said. ``But, that's baseball.'
On the mound, Westbrook (6-4) scattered eight hits while striking out one and walking four.
Meanwhile, Marquis (9-5) was touched for six runs on eight hits and three walks.
St. Louis reached a season-best 22 games over .500 (58-36) and owns the best winning percentage in the majors (.617).
The Padres' lone All-Star representative, Everth Cabrera, drove in two runs with a two-run single off Westbrook in the seventh. San Diego fell to 15-32 on the road and 74-149 in St. Louis (6-19 at new Busch Stadium).
Marquis blanked the Cardinals the first two innings before Westbrook led off the third with a single to center. He later scored on Beltran's sacrifice fly to center.
Two innings later, Westbrook started another rally when he doubled over right fielder Will Venable's head to begin the fifth. Carpenter followed with an RBI double to the gap in left center and he scored on Beltran's sacrifice fly one out later that made it 3-0.
The Cardinals broke it open and chased Marquis by scoring three times in the sixth. With the bases loaded and one out, Westbrook coaxed a single through the middle to drive in Matt Adams. Carpenter then drove home two more with an RBI single to center.
Notes: Edinson Volquez (6-8), who set a new career high by making 20 starts in the first half, pitches his first game in the second half when he faces the Cardinals' Lance Lynn (11-4) Saturday night. . . . San Diego started a 10-day, 10-game road trip Friday. The Padres were 1-9 on their last 10-game trip. . . . Cardinals outfielder Matt Holliday missed his fourth straight game due to a lingering right hamstring issue. . . . Padres outfielder Jedd Gyorko was 0-for-12 since coming off the DL before singling in the fourth. . . . Molina's double in the seventh was his 28th, matching his output last year.
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