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ST. Cheap Swingman Blazers Jerseys . LOUIS -- After three perfect innings, Edinson Volquez barely qualified for the decision. The San Diego Padres bullpen picked up their starter by silencing the leagues top offence. Nick Vincent, Dale Thayer, Luke Gregorson and Huston Street worked an inning apiece after Volquez (7-8) faded at the end of a five-inning outing in a 5-3 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday night. "Tough team, no doubt about that," manager Bud Black said. "Look at the batting average, RBIs, what they do with runners in scoring position. "Four no-hit innings. Outstanding." Street was perfect in the ninth for his 16th save in 17 chances after Carlos Quentins RBI double off Trevor Rosenthal in the ninth put the Padres up by two runs. The Cardinals entered the game leading the league with a .278 average but managed just a pair of walks the last four innings. "We have a really good offence and sometimes its just not going to happen for you," said St. Louis Allen Craig, who had a two-run single. Lance Lynn (11-5) lost for the fourth time in five starts, allowing four runs in five innings. Manager Mike Matheny said Lynn "just never had a feel for his fastball," and took note of "body language" and ponderous pacing. "Hes had a couple weird starts and when those start to compound youve got to stop and regroup, and it didnt look like he was able to do that tonight," Matheny said. "It was pretty slow and it was talked about, but you also dont rush a guy when he doesnt have a good feel for his fastball. "That wasnt how we drew it up." The only run for the Cardinals came on 29-year-old rookie Brock Petersons RBI groundout in his first major league at-bat after getting called up to replace injured Matt Holliday. Jedd Gyorko, Everth Cabrera and Nick Hundley added an RBI apiece for San Diego, which had lost 19 of 23. A sellout crowd of 45,288 showed up in 92-degree heat, enticed by Red Schoendienst replica jersey giveaways. The 90-year-old Cardinals Hall of Famer was honoured with a video tribute before the third inning as he watched the game from a private box. The Padres had nine base runners the first three innings while taking a 4-0 lead, scoring twice in the third on a run-scoring wild pitch on a 2-2 pitch against Hundley followed by Hundleys broken-bat infield hit. Volquez retired the first nine batters in order, then allowed three runs on four hits, two walks and two wild pitches in the fourth and fifth. He lost his previous two starts and hasnt lasted longer than 5 1-3 innings his last three outings. "It was tough," Volquez said. "Theyve got a pretty good lineup and there were a lot of foul balls, too. My pitching count was a little bit high." Lynn has been an 11-game winner prior to the All-Star break both years in the St. Louis rotation, benefiting this year from an offence averaging nearly six runs per start. Hes been out of sync lately, giving up 10 runs in 9 1-3 innings his last two starts, and worked very deliberately against the Padres. "Youre going to go through phases when you dont go as deep as you like and Im in one of those phases right now," Lynn said. "Hopefully Ill turn it around quick. A starter going five is not going to get it done, if thats what youre asking." Notes: Adam Wainwright (12-5) goes for his league-leading 13th win in the series finale Sunday with Eric Stultz (8-7) going for the Padres. ... Cardinals RHP Chris Carpenter laboured in his second rehab start, giving up four runs on nine hits in 3 1-3 innings for Memphis. ... Cardinals outfielders combined for four sacrifice hits for the first time in franchise history Friday, two bunts by Jon Jay and two sacrifice flies by Carlos Beltran. ... 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(STATS) -- The MEAC-SWAC Challenge has a national spotlight each season, but the season-opening matchup hasnt necessarily lived up to it.So Sundays matchup of SWAC champion Alcorn State at MEAC power Bethune-Cookman has the potential to be the most competitive MEAC-SWAC Challenge in recent years.The MEAC has dominated the series with a 9-2 record, including five straight wins. In the series between the two FCS conferences of historically black colleges, four of the first five matchups were decided by six points or less, but each of the last six has been decided by double digits.Bethune, located in Daytona Beach, Florida, won its two previous appearances in the Challenge (2011 and 12) and has captured at least a share of five of the last six MEAC titles. A year ago, the Wildcats finished 9-2 and were part of a three-way tie for the conference title in coach Terry Sims first season.This year, the Wildcats placed a conference-high 15 selections on the MEAC preseason team. The rushing of quarterback Larry Brihm Jr. and running back Michael Jones trigger their offense, while safety Diquan Richardson fuels the defense.Number one, we have to go out offensively and protect the football, Sims said. And defensively we have to make sure that were running to the ball and securing tackles. And I think limiting our mistakes willl help us be successful on Sunday. Cheap Blazers Jerseys. Alcorn has undergone a coaching change after winning two straight SWAC championship games, with assistant Fred McNair succeeding Jay Hopson, who left for Southern Miss. The Braves should have a potent offense behind quarterback Lenorris Footman and all-purpose threat Marquis Warford, but their defense, now anchored by defensive end Stacey Garner, helped set the Braves apart last season.Of course, losing in the inaugural Celebration Bowl last December -- 41-34 to North Carolina A&T of the MEAC -- has motivated Alcorn leading into this years opener.Its always bitter when you lose a tough one like that, McNair said. The way they fought back the second half and just didnt get the (win), but played hard throughout the whole second half. Now well get a chance to play a MEAC school on the front end of things. Theyre kind of looking forward to playing Bethune this coming Sunday. The guys are up for the challenge; they know they left a lot on the table in the Celebration Bowl.Previously played at a neutral site, the MEAC-SWAC Challenge has moved to campus sites for at least the next two seasons. Next years matchup is South Carolina State at Southern. 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