St. Louis Cardinals defeat San Diego Padres, 8-3

One good game isn't nearly enough to relieve the enormous pressure that has been building around the disappointing Cardinals these days like the team is some rattling, old hot steam pipe.

Yet sometimes the slightest bit of overdue good fortune can seep out and give off some positive vibes, like a slowly hissing relief valve.

Listen carefully: What was that sound coming from the Cardinals' dugout the moment Albert Pujols bashed a monstrous home run off the second-deck, l...

SAN DIEGO - He began his outing by carving his late infant daughter's initials on the back of the pitching mound for inspiration. He completed his day by providing the Cardinals the same commodity in a compelling 8-3 win.

Less than two months removed from a parent's greatest nightmare, rookie P.J. Walters on Thursday afternoon climbed the hill at Petco Park. If it seemed less steep than before, maybe it was because he already had climbed a mountain.

In only his secon...

SAN DIEGO (AP) Albert Pujols insists he was not in a slump. The results are finally supporting him.

Pujols hit his first home run and drove in his first runs in 12 games as the St. Louis Cardinals avoided a sweep with an 8-3 win over the San Diego Padres on Thursday night.

Brendan Ryan tied a career high with four hits and rookie P.J. Walters won his first major league game with five shutout innings. But it was Pujols' play that had everyone's attention, except Pujol...