Cardinals' starter Jake Westbrook did a little bit of everything right as the home team took over early and never let go in a 9-4 win over the lowly Padres Friday night.
The right-hander, who scored twice and had an RBI, surpassed his hit output for the year and raised his batting from .100 to .217.
After rookie Carlos Martinez allowed three runs in the ninth to make it a three-run game, All-Star Edward Mujica got the last two outs to record his 27th save in 29 chances.
St. Louis reached a season-best 22 games above .500, and owns the best winning percentage in the majors.
The Padres' lone All-Star representative, Everth Cabrera, drove in two runs with a two-run single off Westbrook in the seventh.