The Cardinals bested the Padres 10 runs to 5 last night at Busch Stadium—and all 10 of those runs were in the 5th. St. Louis tied a major league record with 10 straight hits in the inning, beginning with a single from pitcher Braden Looper, forcing an early trip to the dugout for San Diego starter David Wells, and not ending until reliever Yadier Molina threw the first out.
"I don't know where that came from," Tony La Russa said. The Cards snapped a five-game losing streak with the cascade of hits, which was punctuated only by a walk thrown by Molina. (Elias says it still counts.) St. Louis couldn't connect for the rest of the night, but the parade was enough to hand Looper, who himself crossed home plate twice in the storied inning, the win.