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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
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
"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 Cardinals
a 2-0 lead.
Walker took Lynn deep to right in the second, and the teams traded runs from
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.
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.