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Ludwick Homers, Lifts Padres Past Cardinals
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Ryan Ludwick snapped a ninth-inning tie with a three-run homer, helping the San Diego Padres beat his old team and end an 11-game losing streak in St. Louis with an 8-4 victory over the Cardinals on Saturday.

Will Venable and David Eckstein had three hits and an RBI apiece for the Padres, who snapped a three-game skid overall and began the day a half-game behind San Francisco in the NL West and 1{ games behind Atlanta for the wild card. They haven't won in St. Louis since Aug. 7, 2007.

Ludwick and Matt Stairs hit back-to-back homers off Kyle McClellan (1-4), who hadn't allowed a run in eight straight outings but faltered in his second inning after working a scoreless eighth.

Ludwick is 5 for 11 in the first three games of a homecoming series.

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