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Cardinals fend off Padres

Cardinals fend off Padres

The St. Louis Cardinals held off a late rally as they defeated the San Diego Padres 4-3 in the opener of a four-game series at Busch Stadium Thursday night.

St. Louis won the game as a -110 favorite, but the seven runs fell UNDER the posted over/under (7.5).

Troy Glaus hit two home runs, while Rick Ankiel and Joe Mather hit solo shots for the Cardinals. Kyle Lohse improved to 12-2 with the win, allowing two runs off seven hits over seven innings.

Edgar Gonzalez went 2-for-4 at the plate with a solo home run for the Padres. Jake Peavy gave up four runs off eight hits over seven innings to suffer the loss.