SAN LUIS (AP) – Dylan Carlson hit two homers, including a grand slam, for Miles Mikolas to get his first win in two years, in the duel that the San Luis Cardinals beat the San Diego Padres 8-2 on Friday. .
It was the sixth straight victory for the Cardinals, who extended their lead to a game and a half over the Padres themselves in the contest for the second wild-card spot in the National League playoffs.
The Cincinnati Reds beat the Los Angeles Dodgers and are one game behind St. Louis.
Mikolas (1-2) pitched 5 2/3 scoreless innings, during which he allowed three hits, walked a pair and struck out three. He had not won since September 12, 2019.
He missed the entire previous season with a right shoulder injury. This season, he was absent for a considerable time due to a stiff forearm problem.
The Cardinals hurt Vince Velasquez from the first inning, who opened the game on the spur of the moment. Velasquez (3-7) signed with San Diego on Friday after the Padres placed Blake Snell on the disabled list for a strained left groin.
For the Padres, the Dominicans Fernando Tatis Jr. 4-0, Manny Machado 4-1.
For the Cardinals, Puerto Rican Yadier Molina 2-0 with a run scored. Panamanian Edmundo Sosa 3-0. Venezuelan José Rondón 1-0.