Brendan Donovan hit a grand slam in the seventh inning, helping Albert Pujols and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the San Diego Padres 5-4 Thursday, as the leaders of the NL Central snapped a three-game losing streak.
Pujols remained at 698 career home runs, although he hit two deep drives to left field, one for a single and one for an out in the warning strip.
The next stop in his quest to join the 700-homer club will be Dodger Stadium, where the Cardinals open a three-game series on Friday.
Manny Machado hit 30 homers for the Padres, who had won five in a row. San Diego currently controls the second of three available wild-card tickets to the playoffs.
Donovan’s grand slam gave victory to Jack Flaherty (1-1), who struck out nine in six innings, allowed three runs – two earned -, allowed four hits and gave away four walks.
The Mexican Giovanny Gallegos was in charge of the ninth chapter to contribute his 14th save.
The defeat went to Nick Martínez (4-4).
For the Cardinals, the Venezuelan Juan Yepez 2-0. The Dominican Pujols 4-1.
For the Padres, the Dominicans Juan Soto 3-0, Machado 2-1 with a run scored and an RBI.