Despite having only one win in their last 13 meetings in St. Louis, the Padres got off on the right foot against a familiar foe.
After three forgettable at-bats out of the eighth spot in the Padres' lineup, offseason acquisition Cameron Maybin tied the game with a two-out solo home run in the ninth inning.
Maybin then grounded a single that led to the go-ahead run in the 11th inning on Thursday in the 5-3 victory.
"We fight, we claw, we hang around," Maybin told the Associated Press. "We find a way to do it."
One huge reason why the Padres were able to hang around was because of their ability to shut down Albert Pujols (0-for-5), who grounded into a career-worst three double plays and left five men on base.