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ST. LOUIS -- Lance Lynn is making the most of a surprise opportunity.

Lynn pitched effectively into the sixth inning and Yadier Molina had two hits and two RBI, leading the St. Louis Cardinals to a 5-1 win over the Chicago Cubs on Saturday.

The Cardinals snapped a two-game skid with their fourth win in six games. Chicago, which lost five of its first six, had won two in a row.

Lynn (2-0) gave up four hits and one run in 5 1/3 innings. He struck out five, walked two and lowered his ERA to 1.50 in a game delayed almost 2 hours by rain.

The 39th overall pick in the 2008 amateur draft, Lynn allowed one run over 6 2/3 innings in his first start this season, a 9-3 win at Milwaukee on Sunday. He began the year with a 1-1 career mark.

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Lynn gained a spot in the rotation when Chris Carpenter was put on the disabled list with a right shoulder injury before the start of the season. The husky, 6-foot-5 Lynn, who was originally headed to the bullpen, is enjoying his time as a starter.

"I'm just going to try and do what I'm capable of and not try to do too much," he said. "Just make pitches and try not to give up runs."

Cardinals manager Mike Matheny has been very pleased with Lynn's first two efforts, especially Saturday's performance.

"I thought he was very good. He's just got good movement on his fastball," Matheny said. "Obviously, he's got some velocity on it. We all have high expectations."

Lynn, in his fourth major-league start, set Chicago down in order in three of the first four innings. He gave up just two hits over the first five innings before tiring in the sixth.

"He's a big guy, a strike-thrower," Cubs manager Dale Sveum said. "You don't get many guys on against him. We really couldn't get anything going."

Jon Jay hit his second home run of the season in the seventh off Shawn Camp.

The Cardinals broke open a scoreless game with four runs in the fourth off Chris Volstad (0-1). Molina brought in Matt Holliday and Matt Carpenter with a single up the middle. Daniel Descalso had an RBI triple and Tyler Greene added an RBI single.

Carpenter, filling in for Lance Berkman at first base, had the key hit in the inning, smashing a 3-2 pitch off the top of the wall in right. The drive put runners on second and third with one out.

"Biggest pitch of the inning," Volstad said.

Berkman has a strained left calf and is day to day. Carpenter is hitting .278 with five RBI.

"Obviously, we need Lance to get healthy, but until he does, hopefully I can get the job done," Carpenter said. "I just want to have good, positive at-bats and play good defense."

Chicago finally scored in the sixth on Starlin Castro's RBI single. J.C. Romero relieved Lynn and struck out Ian Stewart and Bryan LaHair to end the threat.

But the St. Louis bullpen allowed just two hits over the final three innings. Romero turned in 1 2/3 innings of scoreless relief. Fernando Salas and Marc Rzepczynski pitched the eighth. Jason Motte retired the side on seven pitches in the ninth.

"Everybody threw well and it was a win," Lynn said. "So you've got to be happy."

Volstad allowed six hits and three runs over six innings. He struck out four and did not walk a batter but was unable to overcome a 13-pitch hiccup in the fourth inning.

"Other than that, I felt like I did well," Volstad said. "I was using my changeup really well."

Chicago outfielder Marlon Byrd went 0 for 3 and is 2 for 27 this season.

Castro committed two errors at shortstop and has four on the season. His high throw on a grounder by Holliday started the four-run fourth.

The Cardinals were without World Series MVP David Freese. The third baseman was scratched before the game with soreness in a finger on his right hand.

"He could have gone," Matheny said. "He felt something weak in his hand. We're going to keep a close eye on it."

Freese, who is day to day, got hurt in an at-bat in Friday's home opener.

Notes

  • The start was delayed 1 hour, 59 minutes by rain.
  • The Cardinals held a pregame ceremony to present World Series rings to players and coaches. Sveum made his players watch the festivities. "It's important to show respect for the world champions," Sveum said. "And it's a pretty awesome ring."
  • In the series finale Sunday, both teams will mark the 65th anniversary of the day Jackie Robinson broke baseball's color barrier. All players will wear No. 42 as part of a tribute to Robinson's legacy.
 
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Players of the Game
St. Louis

J. Jay
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 1
St. Louis

Y. Molina
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
 
Chicago Cubs
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
David DeJesus, RF3110110 .310
Darwin Barney, 2B4000011 .250
Starlin Castro, SS4021000 .371
Alfonso Soriano, LF4020022 .313
Ian Stewart, 3B4000024 .267
Bryan LaHair, 1B3010112 .348
Geovany Soto, C4000002 .120
Marlon Byrd, CF4000013 .071
Chris Volstad, P2000011 .000
   a- Blake DeWitt, PH1000000 .000
    Shawn Camp, P0000000 .000
Totals3316129  
a-flied out for Volstad in the 7th
Batting
2B - Starlin Castro (3, Salas)
RBI - Starlin Castro (6)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
E - Starlin Castro 2 (4, Throwing)
Chicago Cubs
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Chris Volstad (L,0-1) 6643040 4.91
Shawn Camp 2111011 6.35
Pitches-Strikes - Chris Volstad 96-60, Shawn Camp 17-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Volstad 8-8, Shawn Camp 2-3
Batters Faced - Chris Volstad 26, Shawn Camp 7
St. Louis Cardinals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Rafael Furcal, SS4000022 .306
Jon Jay, CF4111001 .344
Matt Holliday, LF4100001 .200
Carlos Beltran, RF4000022 .303
Matt Carpenter, 1B4110001 .278
Yadier Molina, C4122000 .323
Daniel Descalso, 3B3111001 .222
Tyler Greene, 2B3011000 .250
Lance Lynn, P2010011 .400
    J.C. Romero, P0000000 .000
    Mitchell Boggs, P0000000 .000
   a- Erik Komatsu, PH1000000 .286
    Fernando Salas, P0000000 .000
    Marc Rzepczynski, P0000000 .000
    Jason Motte, P0000000 .000
Totals3357505  
a-popped out for Boggs in the 7th
Batting
2B - Matt Carpenter (2, Volstad)
3B - Daniel Descalso (1, Volstad)
HR - Jon Jay (2, Camp)
RBI - Jon Jay (4), Yadier Molina 2 (7), Daniel Descalso (2), Tyler Greene (2)
2-OUT RBI - Jon Jay (3)
SB - Jon Jay (1, 2nd base off Volstad/Soto), Yadier Molina (1, 2nd base off Volstad/Soto)
Team LOB - 4
St. Louis Cardinals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Lance Lynn (W,2-0) 5.1411250 1.50
J.C. Romero (H,1) 0.2000020 0.00
Mitchell Boggs (H,2) 1000000 1.42
Fernando Salas 0.2200020 4.91
Marc Rzepczynski (H,2) 0.1000000 4.50
Jason Motte 1000000 2.25
Pitches-Strikes - Lance Lynn 88-54, J.C. Romero 9-7, Mitchell Boggs 11-8, Fernando Salas 20-15, Marc Rzepczynski 6-5, Jason Motte 7-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Lance Lynn 5-6, Jason Motte 2-1
Batters Faced - Lance Lynn 22, J.C. Romero 2, Mitchell Boggs 3, Fernando Salas 4, Marc Rzepczynski 1, Jason Motte 3
Game Information
Attendance - 46792
Game Time - 2:47
Temperature - 64
Umpires - Home - Phil Cuzzi, First Base - Victor Carapazza, Second Base - Gerry Davis, Third Base - Greg Gibson