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Fernando Tatis Jr. hit two home runs and drove in five to boost the San Diego Padres to an electrifying 11-9 victory against the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday night that forced a deciding Game 3 in their NL wild-card series.

 

Wil Myers also homered twice and Manny Machado connected, but Tatis was the one who carried the party at empty Petco Park.

 

Four batters after Myers opened the seventh with a solo shot for a 7-6 lead, Tatis was more dramatic after his a two-run drive into the home run deck in right.

 

San Diego's powerful offense finally burst to life after slumbering through a 7-4 loss in Game 1 and a listless first five innings Thursday night.

 

After striking out with the bases loaded in the fourth, Tatis homered in consecutive innings.

Myers added a two-run homer in the eighth.

 

Cardinals reliever Genesis Cabrera opened the sixth by walking Austin Nola and rookie Jake Cronenworth before striking out Trent Grisham and making way for Giovanny Gallegos. Tatis lined a 2-2 pitch into the left-field seats to pull the Padres to 6-5. Machado followed by lining a 3-2 pitch to left-center to tie it.

 

Emilio Pagan got the win and former Cardinals pitcher Trevor Rosenthal pitched the ninth for the save.

 

Kolten Wong homered and drove in four runs for the Cardinals, who led 6-2 in the sixth.

 

Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright allowed two runs and six hits before being chased after 3 1/3 innings. He struck out three and walked two.

 

Wong gave the Cardinals a 4-0 lead with a no-doubt, two-run shot to deep right field off Zach Davies with one out in the second. Harrison Bader was aboard on a single that scored Matt Carpenter after his leadoff double.

 

Yadier Molina hit an RBI single in the first and added his 100th career postseason hit in the ninth before being lifted for a pinch-runner.

 

The Cardinals closed the gap with two unearned runs in the eight, both on sacrifice flies, after Tatis committed a throwing error at shortstop. Paul Goldschmidt homered in the ninth, his second this series.

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