ST. LOUIS (AP) — Odrisamer Despaigne grooved too many pitches in the first inning. The San Diego Padres couldn't quite climb out of the hole.
Matt Carpenter homered, doubled and drove in three runs, Adam Wainwright tied for the major league lead with his 15th win and the St. Louis Cardinals topped the Padres 7-6 on Sunday.
"My only problem was location and having problems when I had to throw strikes," the 27-year-old rookie said through a translator, coach Jose Valentin. "The good hitters made me pay."
Jon Jay's two-run single highlighted a four-run first inning when the Cardinals batted around against Despaigne (3-4). Peter Bourjos and Tony Cruz each had an RBI single for St. Louis, which beat the rookie for the second time in a span of four starts and took three of four in the series.
"We were able to jump on him," Carpenter said. "Once we got going, the momentum was on our side."
Despaigne threw seven shutout innings his last time out against Colorado for his first win in seven starts.
He's 0-2 with a 10.24 ERA against the Cardinals and 3-2 with a 1.95 ERA in nine starts against anyone else. He's allowed five runs twice, both times against St. Louis.
"Yeah, I know I've been inconsistent," Despaigne said. "This is the second time this team has seen me and good teams know how to make adjustments."
Carpenter's two-run double off Tim Stauffer in the sixth made it a three-run cushion for Wainwright (15-7), who joined the Reds' Johnny Cueto at 15 wins. Milwaukee's Wily Peralta was seeking his 15th later Sunday.
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