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Pham homer

Tommy Pham is congratulated by Cardinals teammates Lance Lynn and Matt Carpenter after hitting a two-run homer in the third inning Sunday. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Tommy Pham drove in all three of the Cardinals’ runs, and St. Louis defeated the San Diego Padres 3-1 Sunday afternoon to split the four-game series.

Pham, who made his 2015 debut with the Cardinals on Friday, stepped up to the plate in the bottom of the third with Cardinals pitcher Lance Lynn standing on first base. Lynn, who went 2 for 2 on the afternoon, singled in the third.

Pham then loaded up on San Diego pitcher Ian Kennedy and slugged a 370-foot two-run home run over the left field wall to take a 2-1 lead over the Padres.

"It’s only been three games, but i’m having a great time up here," Pham said. "Being up here with everybody and just trying to contribute and just do my part."

Lynn and Pham continued that dynamic in the fifth inning. With one out, Lynn smacked an opposite-field ground rule double. Pham, who was hitting leadoff for the second straight game, then crushed an off-the-wall double that sent Lynn home.

Pham was one of four Cardinals to earn a hit. He started the year on the 60-day disabled list with Class AAA Memphis. He recorded a .338 batting average with the Redbirds and clubbed five home runs after returning in early June.

Lynn pitched seven innings, allowing three hits and one unearned run. He walked three but struck out eight.

The Cardinals travel to Chicago tomorrow night to take on the Cubs.

Pham's RBI double gives Cards 3-1 lead

Just two innings after hitting his first career home run, Tommy Pham launched an off-the-wall RBI double to give the Cardinals a 3-1 lead over the San Diego Padres.

With one out, pitcher Lance Lynn — who is now 2 for 2 today — smacked an opposite-field ground rule double. Then Pham sent him home with his double off the center field wall.

Pham's two-run HR gives Cards 2-1 lead

Tommy Pham whacked a 370-foot home run in the bottom of the third, giving the Cardinals a 2-1 lead over the San Diego Padres.

It was the first major league home run for Pham, who was called up two days ago. After coming off the 60-day disabled list with Class AAA Memphis, he hit .338 and clubbed five home runs.

Cardinals pitcher Lance Lynn, who notched his fifth single of the season, was the other run Pham drove in during his home run.

Padres take 1-0 lead in third inning

The San Diego Padres put up a run in the top of the third to take a 1-0 lead over the Cardinals at Busch Stadium.

Cardinals starter Lance Lynn had retired the first two batters he saw in the third. He then walked Yangervis Solarte, who advanced to second on Lynn's botched pickoff attempt.

Padres right fielder Matt Kemp then singled Solarte home. Lynn then walked Jedd Gyorko, his third walk of the game.

Yonder Alonso hit a blooper off Lynn, but Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong was able to leap and snag it to end the Padres' turn of at-bats.


Scruggs back at first base against Padres

Xavier Scruggs is back at first base in the Cardinals' lineup for their Sunday afternoon game against the San Diego Padres.

Scruggs, who is hitting .357 in 11 games with the Cardinals since being called up about two weeks ago, had been receiving regular playing time at first base, where Mark Reynolds had been playing.

Scruggs sat out yesterday's game against San Diego, but he made a pinch hit appearance. He has six RBIs this season.

Tommy Pham, who scored both of the Cardinals' runs yesterday, is back in the leadoff spot. Kolten Wong is again hitting sixth. Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said Wong was moved to that spot to increase scoring opportunities in a place where the Cardinals seemingly didn't have many. 

Here is the lineup that will back up Cardinals starter Lance Lynn:

1. Tommy Pham CF

2. Matt Carpenter 3B

3. Jhonny Peralta SS

4. Jason Heyward RF

5. Yadier Molina C

6. Kolten Wong 2B

7. Xavier Scruggs 1B

8. Randal Grichuk LF

9. Lance Lynn RHP

And here is San Diego's lineup:

1. M. Upton Jr. CF

2. Solarte 3B

3. Kemp RF

4. Gyorko 2B

5. Alonso 1B

6. Barmes SS

7. Venable LF

8. Hedges C

9. Kennedy P

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