Kim Homers, Padres beat Cards 5-0 to record record win

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The San Diego Padres have been on a roll since holding a team meeting after a terrible loss in Arizona last week.

As an added bonus, he put Albert Pujols in the ballpark in a three-game series opener against the NL Central-leading St. Louis Cardinals.

Kim Ha-seong Homer and Mike Clevinger produced a strong outing for the Padres, who closed out Pujols and the Cardinals 5-0 on Tuesday night to secure their first win record in a full season since 2010.

The Padres scored their fourth straight win since a 4-0 loss in Arizona on Thursday night, after being ousted by manager Bob Melvin. He had a team meeting before Friday night’s game and has been looking strong since then.

“To pitch the pitch to everyone living and dying,” Clevinger said. “Likewise we need to be with the same mindset. We are not worried about tomorrow, we are not worried about the standings, let’s just get this pitch, let’s win this batting, let’s play this outfield Build in. We’re rolling like this.”

The Padres, 82–66, took a 1 1/2-game lead over Philadelphia for the NL’s second wild-card place. The Phillies lost to Toronto 18–11.

Pujols stayed on 698 career homers. He is looking to become the fourth major leaguer to reach 700 homers after Barry Bonds (762), Hank Aaron (755) and Babe Ruth (714). He went and singled Clevinger, fielded for shortstop against Nick Martinez and singled out Luis Garcia in the ninth with two outs.

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