St. Louis Cardinals defeat San Diego Padres, 5-1

SAN DIEGO - For all his hacky sack quirkiness, his compulsive chattiness and his Nickelodean-like innocence, Brendan Ryan has used this summer to prove that he belongs on this stage.

If he was once dismissed by some as an oft-injured organizational goofball, Ryan added another unexpected notch to his game Thursday night against the San Diego Padres.

Offering an unlikely display of power in one of the game's most pitcher-friendly parks, Ryan blew open what ended as a ...