Padres 10, Cardinals 8


SAN DIEGO (AP) – The San Diego Padres might finally be figuring out spacious Petco Park.

Mark Bellhorn hit the longest home run in Petco’s three-year history and drove in four runs, Josh Bard connected twice and had three RBIs, and the Padres beat the St. Louis Cardinals 10-8 Sunday.

San Diego rallied for eight runs in the fifth inning – all coming with one out – to get ace Jake Peavy off the hook. Peavy (4-5) had fallen behind 6-2 after the five-run St. Louis fifth, when Albert Pujols hit a three-run drive for his major league-leading 24th homer.

Bard hit a two-run homer in the fifth, just after Bellhorn’s three-run double. Bellhorn and Bard homered on consecutive pitches in the fourth. Bard, Mike Cameron and rookie Josh Bard had three hits apiece.

Each team had 16 hits, setting a Petco record for total hits in a game.

Trevor Hoffman pitched the ninth for his ninth save in as many chances. He’s second on the career list with 445, 33 behind Lee Smith.

San Diego took two of three from the Cardinals, who swept the Padres in the NL division series in October. Overall, the Padres won for just the fourth time in 12 games.

Petco Park, which opened in 2004, surrendered its two longest homers, and three of its longest four. The teams combined for six homers.

Sammy Sosa’s old record of 434 feet set in 2004 was eclipsed twice in a matter of minutes.

Bellhorn hit a 1-0 pitch from Mark Mulder (5-3) an estimated 438 feet into the bleachers beyond the fence in right-center to tie the game at 1 with one out in the fourth. Bard hit Mulder’s next pitch an estimated 434 feet off the railing of the balcony on the fourth floor of the Western Metal Supply Co. Building just beyond the left-field corner.

Pujols capped the Cardinals’ fifth with a 436-foot shot to straightaway center field on a 1-1 pitch from Peavy, giving the Cardinals a 6-2 lead. David Eckstein singled in a run and John Rodriguez hit an RBI double.

Ten of San Diego’s first 11 batters reached in the fifth, and Cameron singled twice in the inning. Eric Young, Cameron and Brian Giles opened with singles to load the bases. With one out, Khalil Greene walked to force in the first run. Bellhorn cleared the bases with a double to right-center to tie it at 6, and Bard chased Mulder with his two-run shot into the second deck in left to put the Padres ahead.

Bard was starting for the second straight day in place of 37-year-old catcher Mike Piazza.

Pinch-hitter Geoff Blum and Cameron finished off the scoring in the fifth with RBI singles.

Peavy went five innings in his first start since setting the Padres record with 16 strikeouts in a 3-1 loss to Atlanta on Monday night. He allowed six runs and nine hits, struck out six and walked none.

Mulder allowed eight runs and 10 hits in 4 1-3 innings, struck out three and walked one.

Juan Encarnacion led off the second with his sixth homer for the Cardinals, and Scott Rolen also hit a solo drive in the ninth. It was Rolen’s fifth of the season.

Notes: Bard has five homers and Bellhorn four. … The Padres hit eight homers in the series. … It was Bard’s first multihomer game. … The Padres have hit back-to-back homers twice this season. Barfield and Blum did it May 3 at the Los Angeles Dodgers. … The old record for combined hits in a game at Petco was 29 by the Cubs and Padres last June 4. … 2B Barfield made a nice play on Mulder’s grounder to shallow right in the second, gloving it and throwing him out at first while rolling over on his back. … Backup catcher Rob Bowen was activated from the 15-day disabled list and 1B-OF Paul McAnulty was optioned to Triple-A Portland.

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