Will Venable. Courtesy of spanish.fanfare.net.
Will Venable. Courtesy of spanish.fanfare.net.

San Diego Padres outfielder Will Venable launched a pinch-hit two-run homer in the top of the 11th inning to lift his team to a 5-3 win over the St. Louis Cardinals.

Venable’s sixth homer of the season came just a pitch after the Padres challenged a call which resulted in a Clint Barmes double.

Barmes’ fly ball down the right field line was initially called foul, but after manager Pat Murphy challenged the call and Barmes was awarded second base.

Venable then came up and hit the game-winning shot.

“We’ve done enough talking, it’s time to start playing,” Venable said in a postgame interview with Fox Sports San Diego.

All but one of the Padres’ runs came via the home run.

Yangervis Solarte hit his third of the year in the second inning and starting pitcher Tyson Ross belted his first career home run over the right-center field fence in the fourth.

Ross did enough on the mound to keep his team in the game, throwing six innings, striking out six and allowing three runs on four hits and five walks.

Shawn Kelley (1-2) picked up the win in relief and Craig Kimbrel collected his 20th save of the year.

The other run for the Padres came on an RBI single from rookie catcher Austin Hedges in the fifth inning.

Andrew Cashner (3-9, 4.22 ERA) will get the star for the Friars tomorrow against Michael Wacha (10-3, 2.77 ERA) for St. Louis when the teams meet up at 5:15 p.m.

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