SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Kerry Robinson doesn't mind that his go-ahead
hit wasn't one for the highlight reels.
Robinson hit a run-scoring single in the top of the 10th inning
to give the St. Louis Cardinals a 2-1 victory over the San Diego
Padres on Saturday night. ''I fell behind in the count and I was looking for a pitch where
I could hit it into the outfield or up the middle,'' Robinson said.
''At first, the hit just looked like a pop fly, but since the
infielders were in, the ball fell. We got the breaks.'' The Padres squandered a chance to win it in the bottom of the
ninth when they had runners on second and third with one out
against Mike Crudale (2-0). Bubba Trammell hit a popup to second and Deivi Cruz flew out to
right to end the threat. ''We didn't take advantage of a great scoring opportunity and it
came back to hurt us,'' Padres manager Bruce Bochy said. St. Louis started the 10th against losing pitcher Steve Reed
(2-4) with a double by Edgar Renteria. Eli Marrero followed with an
infield single that moved Renteria to third. Robinson then hit a bloop single over shortstop Deivi Cruz to
score the winning run. After pinch-hitter Miguel Cairo was hit by a pitch to load the
bases, Mike Holtz replaced Reed and got Fernando Vina to hit into a
first-to-home-to-first double play that was started and ended by
Padres first baseman Ryan Klesko. Placido Polanco then flew out to end the inning. Jason
Isringhausen got the final three outs for his 20th save. Crudale got the victory with one inning of scoreless relief in the
ninth. Padres starter Brett Tomko did not allow a hit for the first
5 1/3 innings. Vina's single through the right side of the infield with one out
in the sixth ended the string. Tomko gave up one run and three hits
in eight innings. He struck out five and walked two. St. Louis starter Matt Morris gave up just four hits and one run
in seven innings. ''I felt good physically throwing the ball, and got the right
action on my curveball and fastball,'' Morris said. ''I'm
definitely happy with the way it went tonight and the result.'' Added St. Louis manager Tony LaRussa: ''It was vintage Matt
Morris tonight.'' Cardinals first baseman Tino Martinez was ejected in the second
inning for arguing a call with the first base umpire C.B. Bucknor.
His replacement, Eduardo Perez, hit a solo homer off Tomko in the
top of the seventh to give St. Louis a 1-0 lead. Perez, batting
.155 in 71 at-bats prior to the game Saturday, hit his fifth of the
season on a 3-1 pitch. ''I didn't miss on more than three or four pitches in the
game,'' Tomko said. ''It's a shame that the mistake (to Perez) was
a home run and not a single or double.'' The Padres tied the game at 1-all in the bottom of the seventh.
Ron Gant led off with a double to left-center off Morris. Trammell
hit a fielder's choice groundout to second to move Gant to third
with one out. St. Louis brought in the infield and Cruz sharply hit ground
ball to shortstop Renteria, who bobbled the ball and was forced to
throw to first for the out as Gant scored. Had Renteria fielded the
ball cleanly he had a good shot at getting Gant at the plate.
J.D. Drew got an infield hit in his first at-bat since
returning from the 15-day disabled list. Drew appeared in the game
as a pinch-hitter in the eighth inning. ... The Padres have scored
three or more runs in games started by Tomko just six times this
year in 19 starts. San Diego has scored two runs or less in eight
of Tomko's starts. ... Klesko posted his fifth consecutive two-hit game
and sixth in his last seven outings.