Tommy Edman plays hero again as Cardinals top Padres

Tommy Edman plays hero again as Cardinals top Padres

Aug 30, 2023; St. Louis, Missouri, USA; St. Louis Cardinals center fielder Tommy Edman (19) slides safely past the tag of San Diego Padres shortstop Xander Bogaerts (2) for a stolen base during the first inning at Busch Stadium.
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Tommy Edman hit a game-ending two-run home run in the bottom of the ninth inning Wednesday to push to the St. Louis Cardinals past the visiting San Diego Padres with a 5-4 victory.

The Cardinals trailed 4-3 with two outs in the ninth when Masyn Winn hit a double off reliever Josh Hader (0-3) to set up Edman’s heroics.

It was Edman’s second game-ending hit off Hader in as many days. He delivered a decisive 10th-inning RBI single off the left-hander in the Cardinals‘ 6-5 victory Tuesday.

Jordan Walker went 4-for-4 with a double and a three-run homer for the Cardinals, who have won consecutive games for the first time since a three-game winning streak Aug. 12-15.

Juan Soto had a pair of RBI singles for the Padres, who fell to 6-22 in one-run games and went 1-5 on a road trip to Milwaukee and St. Louis.

Cardinals starting pitcher Miles Mikolas allowed three runs on seven hits and two walks in six innings. Reliever Andre Pallante (4-1) pitched a scoreless ninth inning to earn the victory.

Padres starting pitching Rich Hill allowed three runs on five hits and a walk in four innings.

San Diego jumped to a 1-0 first-inning lead. Ha-Seong Kim led off the game with a single, advanced on a bunt, and scored on Manny Machado’s single.

Edman walked leading off the bottom of the inning before stealing second and third base. But Hill left him there by retiring Willson Contreras and Nolan Arenado on fly outs.

The Padres pushed their lead to 3-0 in the second inning. Matt Carpenter walked, Luis Campusano singled and Kim and Soto delivered RBI singles.

The Cardinals tied the game 3-3 in the fourth inning. Contreras hit a leadoff double, Arenado reached on an infield single, and Walker hit a three-run homer, his 12th.

Campusano led off the seventh inning for the Padres with a single off John King, then Ben Gamel ran for him and advanced on a sacrifice bunt. Soto hit an RBI single to put San Diego up 4-3.

—Field Level Media

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