San Diego received several terrific starts from its deep rotation against St. Louis, including masterpieces from Clay Hensley and Chris Young, to win the season series over the Cards, 4-2. Chris Carpenter and Jeff Suppan -- the top two Redbirds starters -- struggled against San Diego.

May 26: Padres 7, Cardinals 1
PETCO Park

Hensley (eight innings) shut down the Cardinals offense. Suppan, hit by a sickness that wracked most of the team, permitted seven runs in six innings.

May 27: Cardinals 4, Padres 3
PETCO Park

In a wild finish, Yadier Molina picked Brian Giles off first base with two on and two outs in the ninth, giving Jason Isringhausen his 16th save in 18 chances.

May 28: Padres 10, Cardinals 8
PETCO Park

The Redbirds took a 6-2 lead into the bottom of the fifth off Jake Peavy, but the Padres responded with eight runs off Mark Mulder and Brad Thompson.

Sept. 25: Padres 6, Cardinals 5
Busch Stadium

San Diego roughed up Suppan for five early runs and scored one off Brad Thompson in the seventh. Jim Edmonds hit a three-run homer in his return from post-concussion syndrome.

Sept. 26: Padres 7, Cardinals 5
Busch Stadium

Trailing Carpenter and the Cardinals, 5-2, the Padres scored four in the seventh off the Redbirds ace, cutting the Cardinals' NL Central lead to 1 1/2 games.

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Sept. 27: Cardinals 4, Padres 2
Busch Stadium

Facing their eighth straight defeat, the Cardinals turned to Albert Pujols in the bottom of the eighth. El Hombre delivered a three-run homer off Cla Meredith, turning a 2-1 deficit into a 4-2 victory.