Game Report: Padres 3, Cardinals 0

The Cardinals sent their most reliable starter this season, Lance Lynn, to the mound on Thursday night, hoping he could finish off a positive road trip that thrust them squarely into the NL playoff race.

Lynn did his part – allowing just one run over six innings – but the offense let him down as the Padres got the win in San Diego.

The only run Lynn allowed came in the first inning, when the Padres had three infield hits, two stolen bases, a walk and saw a batter reach on an error but only came out of the inning with one run.

That proved to be too big a deficit for the offense to overcome, however, as the Cardinals finished the trip to Milwaukee, San Francisco and San Diego with a 7-3 record.

Here is how the game broke down:

At the plate: The Cardinals were shut out despite getting 11 hits, the first time that happened since a 1-0 loss to the Braves on May 16, 1997 … The Cardinals did not mount a serious threat until the ninth inning, when singles by Stephen Piscotty, Randal Grichuk and Carson Kelly – the last two as pinch-hitters – loaded the bases with two outs, but Dexter Fowler struck out to end the game … In the seventh, they had runners on first and second with two outs before Tommy Pham pinch hit and flew out to center … A pinch-hit infield single by Breyvic Valera in the seventh was his first major-league hit.

On the mound: Lynn allowed six hits, walked three and hit a batter but still kept the Padres from scoring more than the one run as he stranded nine runners … Zach Duke relieved in the seventh and gave up a single to the only hitter he faced before Seung Hwan Oh relieved and retired two batters before giving up a two-run homer to Will Myers that increased the lead to 3-0.

Key stat: Lynn has not allowed more than two earned runs in 22 starts this season, the most in the majors. This was the fourth time he has allowed only one run and lost the game. He got a no-decision in his other start on the trip despite throwing eight shutout innings against the Giants.

Worth noting: The Cardinals’ record for most hits in a game when they were shut out is 12, which has happened twice, in 1989 and 1983 … The Cardinals were trying to complete their first four-game series sweep in San Diego since 1989 … DeJong’s double in the first inning was his 20th of the season, allowing him to become just the third rookie in team history with 20 or more homers and 20 or more doubles. The others were Albert Pujols and Ray Jablonski … The Cardinals were shut out for the seventh time in 44 career games at Petco Park.

Looking ahead: Luke Weaver will try to win his fourth consecutive start since moving into the rotation on Friday night when the Cardinals return to Busch Stadium, hosting the Pirates in the opener of a three-game series. Trevor Williams is set to start for Pittsburgh.