SAN DIEGO -- Mike Mayers gave up a 13th-inning walk-off double to Eric Hosmer as the Cardinals fell to the Padres, 2-1, on Saturday night at Petco Park.Pinch-hitter A.J. Ellis opened the inning by drawing a walk off John Brebbia, then pinch-runner Jordan Lyles took second on a passed ball.
SAN DIEGO -- Mike Mayers gave up a 13th-inning walk-off double to Eric Hosmer as the Cardinals fell to the Padres, 2-1, on Saturday night at Petco Park.
Pinch-hitter A.J. Ellis opened the inning by drawing a walk off John Brebbia, then pinch-runner Jordan Lyles took second on a passed ball. After Brebbia walked Travis Jankowski, the Cardinals called on Mayers, their eighth pitcher of the night, to face Hosmer. Hosmer doubled on the first pitch, scoring Lyles.
"One of those days, one of those tough ones where we just couldn't get anything going,'' manager Mike Matheny said.
Brebbia (0-1), who turned in scoreless innings in the 11th and 12th before putting the game-winning run on base in the 13th, took the loss.
"I felt good, but I just lost some feeling with the slider and wasn't staying ahead in the count, and that's tough on a pitcher,'' Brebbia said. "I was trying to set up the double play with Jankowski, and I can't throw balls away and let guys move up. It was just sloppy.''
Adam Cimber (2-1) collected the win after working a pristine 13th inning. He was the sixth pitcher used by the Padres.
The Cardinals had but one good chance in the extra innings, when Jedd Gyorko and Greg Garcia had back-to-back two-out singles. But pinch-hitter Kolten Wong flied out to right.
"Not many opportunities, not without two outs,'' Matheny said. "Nothing to be able to move a guy over or play some small ball and try to get guys moving. They did what they had to do, and our guys did a nice job too keeping us in it.''
Brett Cecil induced Hosmer into hitting into an inning-ending double play with two runners aboard in the 10th inning, and Bud Norris skirted danger in the ninth by getting three straight strikeouts with two men on, the first on three bunt attempts by Cory Spangenberg.
"I beared down and really made some pitches when I needed to,'' Norris said. "The sac-bunt situation went my way, but there's no tougher pitch to bunt than a high fastball. He saw one of those and fouled it off, and I threw another one down the middle and he fouled it off again and that's one big out.''
Norris, a former Padres reliever, wasn't surprised Spangenberg was still bunting with two strikes.
"I played here years ago, and I know a little bit about their lineup,'' Norris said. "He's a speedster type of player, and I had an inclination. But I have to execute my pitches and see what happens. You try to work all four quadrants. You try not to show him the same pitch in the same location. That makes it really tough for them to get it down, and it worked out in my favor.''
Michael Wacha surrendered but a run, three hits and a walk over six innings, with five strikeouts. He fell short in recording the 50th win of his career.
"I thought he had his good stuff today,'' Matheny said. "He had control of the breaking ball, was getting strikes with it. Did a nice job in the bottom of the zone. He had everything he needed. He did a nice job keeping us in that one and giving us a chance.''
St. Louis drew even with the Padres, 1-1, when Paul DeJong reached base to start the sixth after being struck by a Tyson Ross offering. With DeJong running on the pitch, Jose Martinez scorched a double down the line that plated DeJong.
Ross pitched six innings of one-run ball, giving up three hits and two walks. He struck out seven.
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Miscue opens door for Padres: The Cardinals fell behind 1-0 in the second after a great play by second baseman Garcia led to a throwing error by Martinez at first base. Raffy Lopez was on first after a swinging bunt when Galvis laced a sharp grounder toward right field, but Garcia made a diving stop and throw to retire Galvis as Lopez tried to take third. Martinez fired across the diamond, but his relay short-hopped Gyorko and skipped past him, allowing Lopez to score.
A rally that wasn't: With two outs and the Cardinals trailing 1-0 in the third, DeJong and Martinez produced consecutive singles. St. Louis had the right man at the plate in cleanup hitter Marcell Ozuna, but he flied out to center to end the threat.
HE SAID IT
"I extended a little bit. More baseball is always better, right? Well, I guess sometimes it is.'' -- Brebbia, on coming out for a third inning of relief and getting the loss
Video: STL@SD: Brebbia K's Spangenberg, the side in the 11th
Adam Wainwright (1-2), who has been on the disabled list since April 20, returns to the mound for Sunday's 3:10 p.m. CT series finale at Petco Park. The right-hander has a career 2.07 ERA against the Padres, second only to Clayton Kershaw among active pitchers with 10 or more starts. Wainwright's 6-3 mark vs. San Diego includes a 1-3 record at Petco Park. Lefty Clayton Richard (1-5) goes for the Padres.
Jay Paris is a contributor to MLB.com.