SAN DIEGO (AP) -- The San Diego Padres have been hot of late, but Adam Wainwright has made a habit of cooling off their lineup when he has faced them.
Wainwright takes the mound as the visiting St. Louis Cardinals look to avoid a fifth straight loss to the Padres on Tuesday night.
One day after routing Washington 13-4, San Diego (21-23) got three hits from Chris Denorfia in a 4-2 victory over St. Louis, the team's third win in a row and fifth in seven games.
Denorfia is 6 for 13 during the winning streak, while Will Venable has homered in each of the last two, giving him home runs in back-to-back games for the first time since Aug. 4 and 5, 2009.
The Padres, though, may have a tough time continuing their hot hitting with Wainwright (5-3, 2.51 ERA) on the mound.
The right-hander is 3-2 with a 0.97 ERA in five career starts versus San Diego, and Venable (4 for 16) and Chase Headley (2 for 12) have struggled against him.
However, Wainwright allowed five runs - though only two...