SAN LUIS (AP) – Fernando Tatis Jr. dropped a Nolan Arenado fly ball with the bases loaded in center field and then pitched home, leading to a five-run first inning, and the St. Louis The Cardinals beat the San Diego Padres 8-7 on Sunday for eight victories.
Tatis Jr.’s serious mistake and his poor decision to throw to home plate instead of second or third base to force the runners, came a day after having a heated argument in the dugout with his teammate Manny Machado.
San Diego starter Jake Arrieta had his work cut short and left the mound with an injury shortly after the error.
St. Louis completed a three-game series sweep and opened a three-game lead in the race for second place as a wild card in the National League over the Cincinnati Reds and the Philadelphia Phillies, who later played Sunday against the New York Mets. . The Cardinals haven’t won eight in a row since August 2018.
San Diego lost 8 of the most recent 11 games and trailed three and a half games behind the Cardinals in the wild-card fight.
For the Padres, Dominican Tatis Jr. 5-1 with an RBI and Puerto Rican Victor Caratini 1-0.
For the Cardinals, Panamanian Edmundo Sosa 4-2 with one run scored and two RBIs; Venezuelan José Rondón 1-0.