The Cardinals lost to the Padres on Wednesday

San Diego Padres manager Bob Melvin was getting nervous about Blake Snell ‘s pitch count in the seventh inning when  Albert Pujols helped the skipper avoid what could have been an unpopular decision.

Snell held St. Louis hitless until Pujols beat the shift for a single with two outs in the seventh and the San Diego Padres beat the NL Central-leading Cardinals 1-0 on Wednesday night.

Cardinals RHP  Jack Flaherty  (0-1, 5.09 ERA) and Padres RHP  Joe Musgrove (10-7, 3.16) are scheduled to start in the series finale Thursday afternoon.



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