Donovan’s grand slam carries Cardinals over Padres 5-4

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Brendan Donovan hit a grand slam within the 7th inning to steer Albert Pujols and the NL Central-leading St. Louis Cardinals to a 5-4 victory towards the San Diego Padres on Thursday, snapping a three-game dropping streak.

Pujols remained at 698 occupation homers, even though he did force two balls to deep left box, one for a unmarried and one for an out at the caution monitor. The subsequent forestall in his pursuit of the 700-homer membership is Dodger Stadium, the place the Cardinals open a three-game sequence on Friday.

Manny Machado hit his thirtieth homer for the Padres, who had gained 5 in a row. They lately cling the NL’s No. 2 wild-card spot.

Donovan’s slam made a winner of Jack Flaherty (1-1), who struck out 9 in six innings. He allowed 3 runs, two earned, on 4 hits and 4 walks.

Giovanny Gallegos pitched the 9th for his 14th save.

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