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Late-game heroics from Tatis, Myers power Padres over Cardinals 11-9 to force Wild Card finale

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Posted at 8:54 PM, Oct 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-01 23:54:50-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — Two homers apiece from Fernando Tatis Jr. and Wil Myers helped lift the Padres over the St. Louis Cardinals 11-9 at Petco Park on Thursday.

The win, San Diego's first playoff victory in 14 years, forces a game 3 of the teams' Wild Card series to advance to the National League Championship Series.

The Padres trailed the Cardinals after St. Louis tacked on four runs in the first two innings and another two in the top of the sixth.

In the bottom of the sixth, the Friars' bats woke up, scoring four runs off a Tatis Jr. home run to left field, scoring Austin Nola and Jake Cronenworth, immediately followed by a solo homer from Manny Machado to tie the game.

In the seventh, Wil Myers flexed the deep ball sending a solo shot to left to give the Padres their first lead of the postseason.

Tatis Jr. drove the ball deep again for a two-run blast in the seventh to give San Diego some insurance runs, followed by a two-run homer by Myers in the eighth.

The last pair of teammates to hit two home runs in a playoff game were Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig in the 1932 World Series, 88 years ago to the day, according to ESPN.

The flurry of homers proved to be needed, as the Cardinals threatened in the top of the ninth with a Paul Goldschmidt solo shot to bring them in range 11-9 before pitcher Trevor Rosenthal closed out the win.

The Padres and Cardinals will face-off in the last of their best of three series at Petco Park on Friday.