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Even without his best stuff, Shelby Miller managed to keep a

modest scoreless innings streak alive.

The St. Louis Cardinals rookie enters with 14 2-3 scoreless

innings heading into Monday night’s road matchup with Jason

Marquis, who has won four straight starts for the San Diego


Miller (5-2, 1.40 ERA) is tied for the majors’ lowest ERA with

the Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw. He did not get a decision for the

first time Wednesday, throwing 96 pitches over 5 2-3 innings in a

4-2 victory over the Mets.

“It’s not always going to be smooth,” he said. “I got away with

some mistakes.”

That effort came after the 22-year-old right-hander struck out a

season-high 13 in a one-hitter May 10 in a 3-0 win over


This will be his first start against the Padres, who were the

only team to score against him in Miller’s six 2012 appearances. He

allowed two runs over three innings Sept. 10 in his first road


Marquis (5-2, 3.49), making a bid to win five straight outings

for the first time since April 16-May 9, 2007, with the Cubs, has

posted a 2.45 ERA during his win streak.

The veteran right-hander has only faced four St. Louis hitters

who are currently available. Ty Wigginton, who rarely starts, is 9

for 24 against the former Cardinals starter.

St. Louis (28-15), beginning an eight-game trip with this

three-game set, is a major league-best 24-10 against right-handed


These clubs are meeting for the first time since splitting six

2012 matchups, with the home team winning every time. San Diego

(20-23) scored 20 runs in its Sept. 10-12 sweep.

Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina has thrown out seven of 20

runners attempting to steal when he’s been behind the plate. He

will be up against a Padres club that leads the majors with 38


San Diego stole a season-high five bases in Sunday’s 13-4 win

over Washington. Everth Cabrera had three to take his major

league-leading total to 18 in 22 attempts, with seven coming over

his last five contests.

The Padres have homered eight times and scored 33 runs in

winning four of six. Jedd Gyorko is 9 for 22 in that span and

Yonder Alonso is 8 for 21 with homers in consecutive games.

“We’re swinging really good right now and we’re seeing the ball

so good right now,” Cabrera said. “It feels great. I’m happy.”

St. Louis has won 14 of 18, featuring five hitters with at least

20 RBIs along with a rotation that leads the majors with a 2.63


“When you’re a St. Louis Cardinal, you expect stuff like this,”

third baseman David Freese told the Cardinals’ official website.

“The front office puts guys on the field and great guys in the

clubhouse. It’s a good recipe with Mike (manager Mike Matheny)

leading us.”