ST. LOUIS (AP)—Doing the little things paid off for the San Diego Padres. One big swing, too.
“We fight, we claw, we hang around,” Maybin said. “We find a way to do it.”
Pujols grounded into a career-worst three double plays while going 0 for 5 while five men on base. The three-time NL MVP cut off contract negotiations at the start of spring training and could be a free agent this fall.
“Definitely we had our chances,” Pujols said. “A couple times we had men in scoring position and I didn’t do my job.”
Matt Holliday(notes) homered in the eighth and had three hits for St. Louis. The Cardinals played extra innings on opening day for the first time since a 4-2, 10-inning home loss to the Mets in 1992. The last Padres’ opener that went extras was in 1996 during a 5-4 loss at Chicago.
It was 3-all when Chase Headley(notes) singled off Bryan Augustein (0-1) with two outs in the 11th. Maybin followed with a single through the right side and Theriot bobbled right fielder Jon Jay’s(notes) bounced relay back to the infield.
“You always want to be on your toes and see where the runner is,” Theriot said. “It kicked away from me a little bit and the guy was able to score. It’s a heads-up baserunning play.”
“That’s how we have to play,” Headley said. “We’re a team built to pitch, play defense, get timely hits and run the bases hard. We won a lot of games that way last year. Hopefully, we can continue to do that.
After paying tribute to six Hall of Famers including Stan Musial, the Cardinals let the game get away from them.
“A guy like him, he definitely likes to get ahead,” Maybin said. “It was probably his version of a get-me-over pitch.”
Holliday hit a low liner that skimmed over the wall in right-center in the eighth, a solo homer that put St. Louis ahead 3-2.
Chris Carpenter(notes) made his fifth opening day start for St. Louis and worked seven stingy innings, allowing two runs on only two hits. Tim Stauffer(notes), standing in for injured Mat Latos(notes), allowed two runs on nine hits in six innings for San Diego.
The Cardinals outhit San Diego 10-2 the first six innings but hit into three double plays, two by Pujols, and were 2 for 9 with runners in scoring position. Three times they put the first two men on, but totaled one run.
The Padres erased their second one-run deficit on Hundley’s two-out, RBI double in the fifth. The Cardinals almost made it out of the inning the previous at-bat when Maybin struck out with Ryan Ludwick(notes) running on a full count.
NOTES: Jim Edmonds(notes), who ditched a comeback bid in February after signing a minor league contract with the Cardinals, threw out the first pitch. … Latos, who’s on the 15-day DL, threw a bullpen session as scheduled prior to the game. … Cardinals INF Nick Punto(notes) was placed on the 15-day DL retroactive to March 22 with a sports hernia. He’s with the team and could play by May.