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Matheny: Cardinals suffer 'ugliest loss' of year

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 31, 2014 at 1:38 am •  Published: July 31, 2014
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SAN DIEGO (AP) — At least the St. Louis Cardinals didn't get shut out.

Little else went right for the Cardinals on Wednesday night.

Rookie Jesse Hahn held St. Louis to one run and four hits in seven innings and Jedd Gyorko and Will Venable each homered and drove in four runs to lead the San Diego Padres to a 12-1 victory Wednesday night.

"It was probably our ugliest loss of the year," manager Mike Matheny said. "That's not the kind of baseball we've played all year. No excuses, we were terrible. You can take any of it today and it was awful."

Yangervis Solarte, obtained from the New York Yankees in the trade for Chase Headley, had four hits and the Padres tied their season high with 16. Yasmani Grandal was the only regular without a hit, although all eight starters scored at least one run. The Padres fell one run shy of their season high.

Will Venable hit a 379-foot, three-run homer to right to cap the eight-run seventh. It was his fourth. The Padres had five hits, three walks and a hit batter off three relievers in the inning. Gyorko hit a three-run double, his third hit.

Hahn's latest impressive start — on his 25th birthday — put the Padres, buried in third place in the NL West, in position to sweep the series with a win Thursday. The Cardinals are in the race for the NL Central crown a season after going to the World Series.

Hahn (7-2) struck out three and walked two in winning his third straight start. The lanky righty retired the first seven batters before Tony Cruz beat out an infield single. Hahn was acquired in a seven-player trade with Tampa Bay on Jan. 22.

Hahn took a shutout into the seventh before allowing a one-out RBI single by Peter Bourjos singled in Matt Adams.

Matheny said the offense "is going to be day to day. It's not going to be easy. We knew it's going to be like this for a while."

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