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the stress on our bullpen that a lot of peo­ple pre­sume it is.”

Brad Hand pitched the ninth for his 20th save.

Hos­mer drove the first pitch of the fourth inning to cen­ter field to give the Padres a 1-0 lead. It was his sec­ond home run in three


A.J. El­lis tacked on two more with a two-out hit in the fourth. The Car­di­nals chal­lenged the safe call on the sec­ond run, but replay showed the Freddy Galvis beat catcher Yadier Molina’s tag at home plate.

“Ba­si­cally the first strike you see you want to be ag­gres­sive,” El­lis said. “I found a pitch to find a hole on.”

Car­di­nals starter Miles Miko­las (7-2) struck out five in six in­nings and walked none. He has walked one or less in all seven of his home starts this sea­son, but St. Louis still lost for the sec­ond time in three games.

“I felt like my stuff was pretty good to­day,” Miko­las said. “I made some pretty good pitches. I think the ball Hos­mer hit was a de­cent pitch.”

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