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Story by Liz Alper
Photo: Jose Martinez was a one-man show for the Cardinals tonight; 3-3 with three runs, three RBIs, a double, a walk and two home runs. Via @Cardinals on Twitter
September 5, 2017 (San Diego) - Yesterday was Labor Day and Carlos Martinez made the Padres labor, but nothing came of it as they were blanked 2-0. They tried again tonight with Michael Wacha on the mound for the Cards against Travis Wood.
All the scoring happened in the first inning. Jose Martinez hit a two-run homer to give the Cards the lead, but in the home half of the first, Wil Myers’ two-RBI single tied the game up at two.
None of that mattered when Harrison Bader launched a three-run homer in the second that gave the Cards a 5-2 lead.
Travis Wood hit a two-run homer in the second to get the Padres to within one, but both teams were thinking big tonight.
It showed when Yadier Molina grounded into a fielder's choice in the third that scored Paul DeJong and Stephen Piscotty singled to score Martinez to give the Cards a 7-4 lead.
Martinez added another homer off of Buddy Baumann in the seventh and the Cardinals took game two 8-4.
Game three is tomorrow at 7:10 p.m. again. Jack Flaherty starts for the Cards against Dinelson Lamet.
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