MOMENTS THAT MATTERED A first for everything: Jankowski certainly didn't wait long to make an impact in his debut, bouncing the second pitch he saw up the middle for a single in his first at-bat in the third inning off Lackey. He later knocked in his first run with an RBI single in the fifth inning. He became the ninth player in franchise history with two or more hits in his first career game and first since Sean Burroughs in 2002.
"You could tell he was nervous in the first at-bat, but after that base hit, you could see all the weight come off his shoulders," Murphy said of Jankowski. More >
Double Trouble: The Cardinals committed two errors in the fifth inning to spark the Padres, who scored five runs in the inning. Cashner bunted the ball into play, sending Alexi Amarista running toward second base, but first baseman Mark Reynolds threw the ball past Peralta as it landed in left-center field. However, the damage continued as left fielder Stephen Piscotty threw the ball in the dugout, permitting Amarista to score.
"We've done a nice job of not having multiple mistakes in a game defensively and when you do see it, it stands out," St. Louis manager Mike Matheny said. "We have had a couple of those this year where we talk about the defense looking uncharacteristically off and just on a couple plays, and absolutely every time this happens it's going to cost you in the long run." More >
So long, Solarte: For the third time in as many games, Solarte hit a home run. On Friday, his two-run home run down the right-field line was the big blast in a five-run fifth inning. For Solarte, the home run was his 10th on the season and tied his career high from a year ago with the Yankees and Padres.
"He believes he can play. You can see it in him. Look at the way he responds to a poor at-bat. This kid believes, and I think that's a big part of the battle," Murphy said."
Defense keeps it close: Although errors would burn the Cardinals, there were some moments the defense stood out. In the fourth inning, Jason Heyward made a nice throw from right field to get Yonder Alonso running to second base. Later, Piscotty made a diving catch in left field to rob Jankowski of his third hit in his debut.
"It was a great experience and something I'll never forget. I had some butterflies. But, honestly, if not for the guys in the clubhouse, I would have been more nervous," -- Jankowski said of his big league debut
SOUND SMART WITH YOUR FRIENDS Padres left fielder Justin Upton reached a milestone when he knocked in a run with a fifth-inning single for his 600th career RBI. Upton became the seventh active player to reach that milestone before the age of 28. Alex Rodriguez (936 RBIs before turning 28), Miguel Cabrera (890), Albert Pujols (861), Adrian Beltre (687), Prince Fielder (671) and David Wright (664) have also accomplished as much. Upton turns 28 on Aug. 29.
CASH IS MONEY
Cashner had his best start in nearly three months, even though he allowed another unearned run -- the 22nd he's allowed this season, the most in the big leagues and 10 more than anyone else. But he didn't allow an earned run in a start for the first time since May 22 against the Dodgers.
WHAT'S NEXT Cardinals:Carlos Martinez (12-5, 2.59 ERA) gets the start for St. Louis in the 7:40 p.m. CT game on Saturday. The Cardinals are 18-4 in his 22 starts this season. He has a 2.02 ERA since May 20, the fifth lowest in the National League.
Padres:Ian Kennedy (7-11, 4.20) gets the start in the second game of the series at 5:40 p.m. PT. Since June 2, a span of 14 starts, Kennedy has a 2.82 ERA. He's allowed more than three runs once in that stretch.