Sanders sets NLDS RBI mark

Sanders sets RBI mark

ST. LOUIS -- Reggie Sanders broke open a game and a couple of record books with one swing on Tuesday afternoon, crushing a grand slam off Padres ace Jake Peavy that put the Cardinals in firm control of the opening game of their National League Division Series.

Sanders' slam, on a 3-0 pitch from Peavy, was the sixth in the 11-year history of Division Series play, and the third in Cardinals playoff history. Added to his two-run single two innings earlier, it gave him six RBIs in the game, setting new standards in Cardinals postseason history and NL Division Series play. Four players have driven in seven runs in an AL Division Series game.

The last Cardinal to hit a playoff grand slam was Gary Gaetti in the 1996 NL Championship Series. Before that, it was Ken Boyer in the 1964 World Series. And that's the list.

The long ball was the sixth of Sanders' playoff career, and his fourth in 21 Division Series games. It chased Peavy, the Padres' unquestioned No. 1 starter, and let the Cardinals get into the middle of the San Diego bullpen.

Matthew Leach is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.