St. Louis Cardinals (56-48) vs. San Diego Padres (46-59), 10:10 p.m. (ET)

 

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(SportsNetwork.com) - Lance Lynn takes a second crack at winning his 12th game of the season on Tuesday evening as the St. Louis Cardinals begin a three-game series with the San Diego Padres.

Lynn has put together an excellent July, posting a 1.75 earned run average in four starts. He has allowed just five earned runs over 25 2/3 innings, though he had a three-start winning streak snapped with a 3-0 setback to Tampa Bay on Wednesday.

The right-hander did his best to keep his club in the game, giving up two runs -- one earned -- on six hits and three walks over 6 1/3 innings. Lynn also fanned seven, but the run support never came as he fell to 11-7 with a 3.05 earned run average on the season.

"Some nights you just get outpitched, even though you pitch all right," Lynn told St. Louis' website.

Lynn, 27, has split two previous meetings with the Padres, posting a 5.73 ERA.

The Cardinals had lost four in a row, including the opener of a three-game series with the Chicago Cubs on Friday, but won the final two meetings of that series to remain on the Milwaukee Brewers' heels for first place in the NL Central.

St. Louis has been held to four runs or fewer in seven of its last nine games, but that was enough in Sunday's 1-0 win thanks to seven strong innings from Adam Wainwright and Matt Holliday's first-inning homer.

"They hit some balls hard but the guys played some great defense," said Wainwright. "I was able to make some pitches when I needed to and I had a good, wide target behind the plate."

The strike zone has to look like an aircraft carrier right now to San Diego starter Tyson Ross, who gets the start tonight looking to get to .500 on the season.

The 27-year-old righty has not allowed more than two earned runs in any of his past seven starts, giving up a total of just two over his last three outings.

Ross won his second start in a row with Thursday's 13-3 thumping of the Cubs, doing his part by scattering a run, five hits and one walk with 11 strikeouts.

Ross sits at 9-10 on the year with a 2.65 ERA and will make his first career start versus the Cardinals, having faced them three times before in relief.

The Padres have followed up a three-game winning streak and 5-1 run with three straight losses, all to the Atlanta Braves. They have plated just six runs over the skid and were blanked 2-0 on Monday afternoon to wrap a four-game set.

St. Louis won four of its six meetings with the Padres last season.

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