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Gyorko, Venable Home Runs Not Enough For Padres

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    SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 31: Matt Holliday #7 of the St. Louis Cardinals hits a two RBI single during the third inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park July 31, 2014 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)

    If his first five games back from the disabled list are any indication, Padres 2nd baseman Jedd Gyorko's second half of the 2014 season will look a lot like the second half of Chase Headley's 2012 season.

    On Thursday against the Cardinals, Gyorko hit a home run for the second straight game, an opposite field shot off Cardinals starter Shelby Miller. Gyorko is hitting .500 since his return with a double, two home runs and six runs batted in.

    Will Venable also went deep against Miller, but the Padres only had one other hit, a Rene Rivera double, in their 6-2 loss to St. Louis. Padres starting pitcher Odrsiamer Despaigne allowed all six Cardinals runs in 5.2 innings to take his second straight loss.

    The Padres still won the series, 2-1. They start a 3-game set against the Braves on Friday night at Petco Park.