St. Louis Cardinals defeat San Diego Padres, 7-4

Are the Cardinals a team transformed?

Saturday night at Busch Stadium they improved to 14-6 since the July 24 acquisition of outfielder Matt Holliday while receiving a save from their catcher.

A team that until recently rarely won in matter-of-fact fashion, the Cardinals disposed of the San Diego Padres 7-4 to maintain a 4½-game lead in the NL Central. Once again, a foe found frustration against an upgraded lineup.

The Cardinals this time quickly erased the Padres...