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Lynn, Cardinals top Pirates

Coverage of today's Cards and Pirates game can be heard on Newstalk 97.3 WTIM beginning at 5:40pm.

St.  Louis, MO (SportsNetwork.com) - Lance Lynn earned his 10th victory of the 
season  with  6  2/3 solid  innings  as  the  St.  Louis Cardinals  edged  the 
Pittsburgh Pirates, 5-2, on Wednesday at Busch Stadium. 

Lynn  (10-6) scattered  two runs on six  hits and two walks while becoming the 
first Cardinals pitcher since Bob Gibson to post three consecutive seasons of 
10-plus wins before the All-Star break. 

"He's one of those guys that I think gets overlooked a lot," Cardinals manager 
Mike Matheny said of Lynn. "Really threw a nice game for us." 

Matt  Adams  went 3-for-5 with  two RBI, Matt Holliday  had two hits, two runs 
scored  and  another driven  in, and  Kolten Wong  added a  solo homer for the 
Cardinals, winners of the first three meetings of this four-game set. 

The  news  was not all  positive for St. Louis,  as Yadier Molina exited early 
with a sprained right thumb. The All-Star catcher will be further evaluated on 
Thursday. 

Pittsburgh  dipped into  its bullpen early since starter Brandon Cumpton (3-3) 
did  not  make it  out of  the fourth. Filling  in once  again for the injured 
Gerrit Cole, Cumpton was charged with four runs on nine hits and three walks. 

"He  wasn't  sharp, fell  behind in counts  and the fastball  was up more than 
down," Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. 

Neil Walker went 2-for-4 with a solo homer for the Pirates, who had won six of 
seven before losing the first two games of the series on walk-off homers. 

With  St.  Louis leading 4-2  in the seventh,  Lynn appeared to injure himself 
when he dove and missed a popped-up bunt off the bat of Chris Stewart. After a 
brief  visit on the mound with manager Mike Matheny and the team trainer, Lynn 
stayed in and got pinch-hitter Matt Hague to ground into a double play. 

Randy  Choate relieved Lynn  and stranded a runner on third, and in the bottom 
half, Tuesday's ninth-inning hero, Wong, homered for the second night in a row 
to give the hosts some insurance. 

Seth  Maness pitched  a 1-2-3  eighth, and  Trevor Rosenthal  worked around  a 
leadoff  walk  in the ninth  to notch  his 27th save,  thanks in part to Peter 
Bourjos  taking away  Russell Martin's deep shot  to the wall in center to end 
the game. 

"It was...a play that brought you to your feet," Matheny said. 

Adams,  who hit a  walk-off homer on Monday, hit a gapper to left field in the 
top  of the first and was thrown out trying to stretch a double into a triple. 
Matt Carpenter and Holliday, however, scored on the play to give the Cardinal
a 2-0 lead. 

Walker  took Lynn deep  to right in the second, and the teams traded runs from 
there. 

Jhonny  Peralta doubled in Holliday in the third, and Walker scored on a Jordy 
Mercer base hit the next half-inning. 

The Cardinals loaded the bases in the bottom of the fourth but only pushed one 
run across on Holliday's single to left field. 

                                   Game Notes 

Gibson  won  11, 11 and  12 games  before the break  from 1968-70 ... Three of 
Wong's  four home runs this season have come in the last four games ... Before 
the game, the Pirates placed outfielder Starling Marte on the bereavement list 
... Walker extended his hitting streak to 12 games. 

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