San Diego, CA (Sports Network) - St. Louis left-hander Tyler Lyons had a lead before he even threw a single pitch in his MLB debut.
Behind an early outburst and solid work from the rookie hurler, the Cardinals topped the San Diego Padres, 5-3, in the rubber match of a three-game set at Petco Park.
Lyons (1-0) held the Padres to just one run and four hits over seven innings, with the lone blemish being a Jedd Gyorko solo shot. The 25-year-old Lyons made the start in place of Jaime Garcia, who is reportedly set to undergo season-ending surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder.
Yadier Molina had four hits and knocked in a run for St. Louis, which has won four of its last six games.