- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 20, 2016

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Two weeks between starts did not help Colin Rea.

The San Diego Padres pitcher gave up a season-high three home runs in a 4-2 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals in the first game of a day-night doubleheader on Wednesday. He had not allowed more than one homer in any of his other 23 career outings during the last two seasons.

“I don’t think he was bad by any stretch, but I think there’s more in him,” manager Andy Green said. “I think there’s more attack in him.”

Green said Rea (5-4) lacked effective secondary pitches and was well off in location on homers by Matt Holliday (“missed by a plate”) and Jedd Gyorko (“missed by half a plate”). Green also said throwing a cutter to Yadier Molina “wasn’t great pitch selection.”

The 25-year-old right-hander, who last pitched on July 6, allowed four runs and eight hits in six innings.

“I was pretty excited and I felt good warming up in the ‘pen and I was probably moving a little too fast out there,” Rea said. “I could have slowed down a little.”

Rea had been 2-0 with a 3.68 ERA in his previous four starts.

Carlos Martinez was dominant after a shaky first inning and a nosebleed in the second for St. Louis..

Only 11,191 fans were in the seats for the opener, rescheduled from a rainout on Tuesday night. Paid attendance was 40,184.

Gyorko is 10 for 17 against his old team and has homered in each of the last four games.

San Diego opened with Travis Janikowski’s double and Ryan Schimpf’s two-run homer but had just two more hits off Martinez (9-6), who pitched seven innings.

The game was halted about 12 minutes while Martinez was tended to on the field with two outs and none on in the second for a nosebleed. After play resumed, he retired 11 of his next 12 batters.

“With him we’d like to get to a point where we can finish the at-bat and the at-bats don’t drag on and on and on,” Green said. “I think that’s the next step for him.”

Aledmys Diaz had two hits and has reached safely in 23 consecutive games, longest by a rookie this season. He is 13 for 19 against San Diego with a homer and four RBIs.

Seung Hwan Oh earned his third save in four chances.


San Diego has homered in 17 consecutive games, extending a franchise record. The Cardinals have homered in a season-best 10 straight games, totaling 21 in that time.


Padres: C Christian Bethancourt took a foul off his right knee guard in the seventh but stayed in the game.


Padres: Andrew Cashner (4-7, 5.05) works the series finale. He has lost two of his last three starts.

Cardinals: Adam Wainwright (9-5, 4.19) is coming off a three-hit shutout against the Marlins and has allowed one run in his last 23 innings.


The Padres recalled lefty Keith Hessler from Triple-A El Paso to serve as 26th man for the second game of the doubleheader.

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