SAN DIEGO (AP) — St. Louis’ Lance Lynn didn’t walk a batter until he put the first two San Diego Padres he faced in the sixth inning on base that way.
Yangervis Solarte ended up scoring on Jedd Gyorko’s go-ahead single with two outs, and the San Diego Padres beat the Cardinals 3-1 on Tuesday night.
“You hate to lose a game that way when you are throwing the ball well and thinking you are making good pitches,” Lynn said. “But it just wasn’t my night.”
Lynn had trouble with umpire Tony Randazzo’s strike zone in the sixth.
“I just couldn’t find his strike zone that inning. I had good luck throughout the game then all of a sudden I couldn’t find the strike zone,” Lynn said.
Tyson Ross, a first-time All-Star, won his third straight start by holding St. Louis to one run and four hits in six innings. He struck out seven, including fanning the side in his last inning. It was the eighth time Ross (10-10) went six-plus innings and allowed two or fewer runs, the second-longest such streak in the majors.
Gyorko returned Monday from a 44-game stay on the disabled list with plantar fasciitis. His run-scoring single to left off Lynn came just as it seemed the Padres would strand two runners.
After Solarte and Seth Smith walked, Will Venable popped a bunt to catcher A.J. Pierzynski – the Padres’ second botched bunt in as many innings – and Yonder Alonso flied out to left.
“I made one bad pitch tonight. It was a pitch that was up to Gyorko and he was able to get enough of it to get it out to the outfield,” Lynn said.
Solarte, obtained from the New York Yankees in the Chase Headley trade, homered into the short porch in right with two outs in the seventh. It was his second with the Padres and eighth overall.
Joaquin Benoit pitched the ninth for his third save in as many opportunities and second since Huston Street was traded to the Angels on July 18.
The Cardinals had tied it 1-1 on Kolten Wong’s sacrifice fly in the fifth. Matt Holliday grounded to third baseman Solarte, who threw home to get Matt Carpenter for the second out on a play that was upheld on a crew chief’s review. Carpenter avoided the tag after Rene Rivera caught the ball and blocked the plate, but he also missed the plate and Rivera tagged him out.
Crew chief Brian Gorman, the second base umpire, initiated a review to make sure Rivera didn’t violate the new collision rule.
Lynn (11-8) allowed two runs, one earned, and four hits in six innings. He struck out six and walked three.
“He pitched great and deserved better,” manager Mike Matheny said. “We ran into a guy who is having a real nice season and threw the ball well tonight. He pitched a great game for us.”
Cardinals: Pinch-hitter Daniel Descalso was hit on the knee by a pitch from Benoit in the ninth and was replaced by pinch-runner Peter Bourjos.
Padres: Right-hander Ian Kennedy, who missed his scheduled start because of a left oblique strain, is scheduled to throw on the side Wednesday. … Right-hander Andrew Cashner, on the disabled list with shoulder soreness, is scheduled to throw a bullpen session Wednesday. He last threw on Sunday in Atlanta and didn’t report any discomfort.
Cardinals: Right-hander Joe Kelly (2-1, 3.90) makes his first career start against Padres.
Padres: Right-hander Jesse Hahn (6-2, 2.12) is 6-1 with a 1.47 ERA since June 14, with 46 strikeouts against 17 walks.
The Cardinals had three errors, including second baseman Wong’s overthrow on Rivera’s grounder in the third that led to an unearned run.
“Kong just had one sail on him but obviously that one hurt,” Matheny said. “We are having trouble scoring runs and facing good pitching. We’ve got do the little things right and today we didn’t necessarily do that.”