Rasmus shot gives Cardinals 7-5 win over Padres

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Colby Rasmus' two-run homer capped a three-run ninth inning off Padres All-Star closer Heath Bell, giving the St. Louis Cardinals a 7-5 victory and a 3-game sweep on Sunday.

Adrian Gonzalez hit his 32nd homer and singled three times for the Padres, who have lost five straightand have dropped nine in a row in St. Louis. Bell (4-2) lost in his first game in St. Louis since taking the loss in the All-Star game July 14, blowing only his second save in 31 chances and first since May 30 against the Rockies.

Trever Miller (4-0) had a strikeout in a scoreless ninth for the NL Central leaders, who have won 8 of 9.

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