It's been almost a year since the St. Louis Cardinals' Lance Lynn last dropped a regular-season home start.
Lynn has won 10 straight home regular-season decisions, and his Cardinals will look to beat Volquez again and hand the Padres an 11th consecutive road loss.
Lynn (11-4, 4.00 ERA) is 10-0 with a 2.51 ERA in his last 11 regular-season outings at home. His most recent regular-season loss at Busch came Sept. 7 in a relief appearance, and he last lost a start there Aug. 7.
The right-hander has been shaky in going 1-3 with a 6.12 ERA in his last four outings, yielding six runs over 4 1-3 innings in last Saturday's 6-4 defeat to the Cubs.
Lynn owns one of baseball's best run support averages at 6.38, and he has to like his chances of getting back on the winning track if the Cardinals (58-36) again treat Volquez rudely.
Volquez (6-8, 5.74) has posted a 6.35 ERA in losing his last three starts in St. Louis.
He probably doesn't have pleasant memories of his only other outing at Busch Stadium on June 1, 2009. Volquez left after one inning with what was originally called numbness in his pitching hand, but he didn't pitch again until July 2010 after elbow surgery.
The right-hander owns the majors' second-worst ERA and has allowed 12 runs over 10 1-3 innings in consecutive defeats. Carlos Beltran is 6 for 15 against Volquez.
Lynn won his lone career start against San Diego (42-55) by yielding three runs over six innings in a 6-3 victory May 23, 2012.
Matt Holliday is 8 for 20 with two homers against Volquez, but he could miss a fifth straight game with a hamstring injury. He will likely be available to pinch-hit Saturday at the very least.
"We're going to see how (Saturday) goes and go from there," he told the Cardinals' official website.
The Cardinals had plenty of offense without him with a 14-hit attack in Friday's 9-6 victory that opened this weekend set.
Matt Carpenter continued his strong season with three hits and three RBIs. He's hitting .368 with 23 RBIs and 21 runs over his last 23 games.
"I'm just trying to have good at-bats, play good defense and do whatever I can to get on base," Carpenter said.
Allen Craig is hitting .425 with 21 RBIs in his last 22 games for St. Louis, which has 47 hits over its last three.
The Padres weren't able to keep up Friday despite a late rally after trailing by seven runs after seven innings. Everth Cabrera had two hits and two RBIs.
"We got 13 hits and we put some stress on them," manager Bud Black said. "We forced them to bring in their closer and we started hitting the ball with some authority."
The Cardinals can win seven in a row at home for the first time since July 24-Aug. 6, while the Padres are trying to avoid their first 11-game road slide since April 29-May 14, 2009.
|San Diego Padres|
|July 12, 2013||Kyle Blanks||15-Day DL||Left Achilles tendinitis|
|July 07, 2013||Yasmani Grandal||60-Day DL||Right knee sprain|
|June 22, 2013||Clayton Richard||60-Day DL||Left shoulder surgery - out for season|
|June 17, 2013||Everth Cabrera||15-Day DL||Strained left hamstring|
|June 17, 2013||Everth Cabrera||15-Day DL||Strained left hamstring|
|June 15, 2013||Carlos Quentin||Day-to-Day||Sore left shoulder|
|St. Louis Cardinals|
|July 11, 2013||Matt Holliday||Day-to-Day||Left game - right hamstring|
|July 02, 2013||Matt Holliday||Day-to-Day||Stiff neck/back|
|May 26, 2013||John Gast||15-Day DL||Left shoulder tightness|
|May 26, 2013||Carlos Beltran||Day-to-Day||Left shoulder soreness|
|May 25, 2013||John Gast||Day-to-Day||Left game - left shoulder tightness|
|May 21, 2013||Fernando Salas||15-Day DL||Right shoulder irritation|
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- After three perfect innings, Edinson Volquez barely qualified for the decision. The San Diego Padres ' bullpen picked up their starter by silencing the league's top offense.
Nick Vincent , Dale Thayer , Luke Gregorson and Huston Street worked an inning apiece after Volquez (7-8) faded at the end of a five-inning outing in a 5-3 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday night.
"Tough team, no doubt about that," manager Bud Black said. "Look at the batting average, RBIs, what they do with runners in scoring position.
"Four no-hit innings. Outstanding."
Street was perfect in the ninth for his 16th save in 17 chances after Carlos Quentin 's RBI double off Trevor Rosenthal in the ninth put the Padres up by two runs. The Cardinals entered the game leading the league with a .278 average but managed just a pair of walks the last four innings.
"We have a really good offense and sometimes it's just not going to happen for you," said St. Louis' Allen Craig , who had a two-run single.
Lance Lynn (11-5) lost for the fourth time in five starts, allowing four runs in five innings.
Manager Mike Matheny said Lynn "just never had a feel for his fastball," and took note of "body language" and ponderous pacing.
"He's had a couple weird starts and when those start to compound you've got to stop and regroup, and it didn't look like he was able to do that tonight," Matheny said. "It was pretty slow and it was talked about, but you also don't rush a guy when he doesn't have a good feel for his fastball.
"That wasn't how we drew it up."
The only run for the Cardinals came on 29-year-old rookie Brock Peterson's RBI groundout in his first major league at-bat after getting called up to replace injured Matt Holliday .
Jedd Gyorko , Everth Cabrera and Nick Hundley added an RBI apiece for San Diego, which had lost 19 of 23.
A sellout crowd of 45,288 showed up in 92-degree heat, enticed by Red Schoendienst replica jersey giveaways. The 90-year-old Cardinals Hall of Famer was honored with a video tribute before the third inning as he watched the game from a private box.
The Padres had nine base runners the first three innings while taking a 4-0 lead, scoring twice in the third on a run-scoring wild pitch on a 2-2 pitch against Hundley followed by Hundley's broken-bat infield hit.
Volquez retired the first nine batters in order, then allowed three runs on four hits, two walks and two wild pitches in the fourth and fifth. He lost his previous two starts and hasn't lasted longer than 5 1-3 innings his last three outings.
"It was tough," Volquez said. "They've got a pretty good lineup and there were a lot of foul balls, too. My pitching count was a little bit high."
Lynn has been an 11-game winner prior to the All-Star break both years in the St. Louis rotation, benefiting this year from an offense averaging nearly six runs per start. He's been out of sync lately, giving up 10 runs in 9 1-3 innings his last two starts, and worked very deliberately against the Padres.
"You're going to go through phases when you don't go as deep as you like and I'm in one of those phases right now," Lynn said. "Hopefully I'll turn it around quick. A starter going five is not going to get it done, if that's what you're asking."
Notes: Adam Wainwright (12-5) goes for his league-leading 13th win in the series finale Sunday with Eric Stultz (8-7) going for the Padres. ... Cardinals RHP Chris Carpenter labored in his second rehab start, giving up four runs on nine hits in 3 1-3 innings for Memphis. ... Cardinals outfielders combined for four sacrifice hits for the first time in franchise history Friday, two bunts by Jon Jay and two sacrifice flies by Carlos Beltran . ... Peterson led the Pacific Coast League with 22 homers.