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Cards' two homers power them to win - MLB.com

SAN DIEGO -- The Cardinals muscled their way out of a frustrating offensive stretch, slugging two home runs Thursday afternoon in a 5-4 victory over the Padres at Petco Park.

Lars Nootbaar snapped a streak of three straight scoreless losses by connecting on a leadoff home run off Joe Musgrove in the fifth inning. That also ended the Cardinals’ streak of 47 innings without scoring an earned run.

Brendan Donovan followed two innings later with a game-changing grand slam, turning a two-run deficit into a two-run lead, 5-3. Donovan jumped on a 3-1 cutter from right-handed reliever Nick Martinez and pulled it a Statcast-projected 418 feet to right-center for the fifth homer of his rookie campaign and his first grand slam. In fact, it was his first homer with any runner on base.

Albert Pujols, two away from the 700-homer milestone for his career, gave the fans a thrill with a 108.6 mph single that rattled into the left-field corner in the second inning. The Statcast-projected 335-foot drive didn’t quite have the height to give Pujols No. 699.

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