As Carlos Quentin pulled into second with a run-scoring double in the top of the ninth at Busch Stadium Saturday night, the left fielder pumped both fists.

Quentin is not normally a man of outward emotions.

But this was different.

“This was a game we wanted and needed,” Quentin explained later. “We played a good all around game and beat a really good Cardinals team. I was happy to come through.

“We’re trying to score some runs, get some wins and get it going. It was exciting to be a part of that.”

Quentin’s hit and a 1-2-3 bottom half of the ninth by closer Huston Street put the cap on a 5-3 Padres victory over the winningest team in the National League – a Cardinals team that was playing before a capacity hometown crowd of 45,288.

Quentin and Street weren’t the only players to come through as the Padres snapped a 10-game road losing streak while winning for only the fifth time over their last 24 games.

The bullpen turned in four scoreless innings after the Padres manufactured four runs in the first three innings against Cardinals starter Lance Lynn. And struggling right-hander Edinson Volquez ended a personal, two-game losing streak by holding the Cardinals to three runs on four hits and a walk over five innings.

The four hits were all the Cardinals had as four relievers allowed only two baserunners over the final four innings – with one of those erased in a double play.

“Big win in a well-played game,” said Padres manager Bud Black.

“I think they had a good game plan against me and we still won,” said Volquez. “They wanted to take and foul off a lot of pitches and get my pitch count up. It worked, but everyone over here came through. Getting that 4-0 lead early was a big help.”

The Padres handed Lynn his first loss at home in 10 starts dating back to last season.

The Padres took a 1-0 lead in the first on a two-out single by second baseman Jedd Gyorko, whose biggest struggle as a rookie has come with runners in scoring position. The bottom third of the order played a major role in the next three runs. And back-to-back hits by Chase Headley and Quentin provided the insurance.

“A lot of things went into this win,” said Volquez.

Like the two-out fastball that side-arming, left-hander Joe Thatcher threw past Carlos Beltran for a called third strike to end the eighth.

To get the ball on the outside corner like he did, Thatcher had to start the pitch way outside. He did and Beltran seemed surprised that the pitch caught the corner.

“If I’m going to miss there, I’m going to miss off the plate,” said Thatcher. “That was extreme. I liked that pitch.”

Earlier, the Padres didn’t waste their opportunities.