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CHICAGO -- David Freese wanted to make sure the Cardinals weren't swept. So he took matters into his own hands.
"You lose two emotional games like we did, you never want to get swept, to get that third one heading back home is nice," Freese said. "We came out of the gate so hot, this game will even you out real quick."
Lynn (4-0) held Chicago to six hits in becoming the first four-game winner in the majors and helping the Cardinals avoid a three-game sweep.
"What Lance was able to do set the tone for everything," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said. "Whenever he did get into a little trouble, it was a lot like what we saw with [Adam Wainwright on Tuesday] -- just made better pitches."
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Freese's two-run blast in the sixth capped a three-run, two-out rally against starter Chris Volstad. Freese added an RBI double in the eighth.
"We put up enough runs -- we'd still like to put it on the opponent a little harder, a little more, but we'll take this one," Freese said. "Our pitchers are doing a phenomenal job, we just have to keep scrapping."
Volstad (0-3) threw six solid innings, retiring St. Louis in order during four of them. But he's still 0-8 in 15 starts since July 10, 2011.
Bryan LaHair homered to lead off the fourth for Chicago's only run. LaHair has four of Chicago's seven home runs, the lowest total in the majors this season.
"I'm going pretty good when I go the other way," LaHair said after his second straight day with an opposite-field homer. "They're attacking me away right now. They'll probably start coming in, which is a good thing, too."
The Cardinals avoided being swept at Wrigley Field for the first time since July 27-30, 2006. The Cubs took the first two games of the series in their final at-bat, winning their first series of the season under new manager Dale Sveum.
Lynn threw 110 pitches, only the third time this season a Cardinals pitcher has surpassed 100. He's done it on two of those occasions, not bad for a pitcher who only became a starter because rotation stalwart Chris Carpenter went on the disabled list with a shoulder problem. His eight innings marked the longest outing by a Cardinals pitcher this season, and he lowered his ERA to 1.33.
"Early on they were putting good swings on ball," Lynn said. "I was able to start making the ball move a little bit more and getting quicker outs later in the game."
Freese led the Cardinals offense with two hits and three RBI. Carlos Beltran doubled, walked, scored two runs and stole two bases.
Beltran has five steals this season, already his most since 2009.
The sixth-inning double snapped an 0 for 18 slump for Beltran. Matheny planned on giving Beltran the day off Wednesday, but the 35-year-old asked to be in the lineup.
"You love that from a veteran player, who's just begging to be in there a day game after a night game," Matheny said. "Yesterday was his birthday. The guys were all over him about trying to make something happen."
"He was excited to make something happen today."
|'You never want to get swept, to get the third one heading home is nice,' says David Freese, who homers for a 3-RBI day. (Getty Images)|
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|St. Louis Cardinals|
|Rafael Furcal, SS||5||1||1||0||0||0||4||.338|
|Matt Carpenter, 1B||4||0||1||1||0||1||0||.250|
|Matt Holliday, LF||4||0||0||0||0||0||3||.205|
|Carlos Beltran, RF||3||2||1||1||1||0||0||.265|
|David Freese, 3B||4||1||2||3||0||0||0||.339|
|Yadier Molina, C||4||0||0||0||0||0||1||.270|
|Daniel Descalso, 2B||4||1||1||0||0||1||0||.208|
|Shane Robinson, CF||4||0||3||0||0||0||0||.433|
|Lance Lynn, P||3||0||0||0||0||3||3||.273|
|a- Erik Komatsu, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.176|
|Kyle McClellan, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-grounded out for Lynn in the 9th|
|2B - Carlos Beltran (1, Volstad), David Freese (2, Camp)|
|HR - David Freese (4, Volstad)|
|RBI - Matt Carpenter (12), Carlos Beltran (10), David Freese 3 (18)|
|2-OUT RBI - Matt Carpenter (5), Carlos Beltran (4), David Freese 3 (11)|
|SB - Carlos Beltran 2 (5, 3rd base off Volstad/Clevenger, 2nd base off Camp/Clevenger), Shane Robinson (1, 2nd base off Marmol/Clevenger)|
|Team LOB - 5|
|DP - Descalso-Furcal-M. Carpenter, Lynn-Furcal-M. Carpenter|
|St. Louis Cardinals|
|Lance Lynn (W,4-0)||8||6||1||1||2||7||1||1.33|
|WP - Lance Lynn (1)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Lance Lynn 110-72, Kyle McClellan 8-7|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Lance Lynn 13-2, Kyle McClellan 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Lance Lynn 30, Kyle McClellan 3|
|David DeJesus, RF||3||0||1||0||1||0||0||.262|
|Tony Campana, CF||4||0||0||0||0||2||2||.385|
|Starlin Castro, SS||4||0||1||0||0||1||3||.333|
|Bryan LaHair, 1B||4||1||1||1||0||2||1||.364|
|Alfonso Soriano, LF||4||0||1||0||0||1||0||.234|
|Ian Stewart, 3B||3||0||0||0||1||0||1||.175|
|Steve Clevenger, C||3||0||1||0||0||0||1||.500|
|Darwin Barney, 2B||3||0||1||0||0||1||1||.294|
|Chris Volstad, P||2||0||0||0||0||1||1||.000|
|Scott Maine, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Blake DeWitt, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.095|
|Shawn Camp, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Carlos Marmol, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-grounded out for Maine in the 7th|
|2B - Steve Clevenger (5, Lynn), Darwin Barney (3, Lynn)|
|HR - Bryan LaHair (4, Lynn)|
|RBI - Bryan LaHair (11)|
|Team LOB - 5|
|Chris Volstad (L,0-3)||6||6||4||4||0||2||1||6.14|
|WP - Scott Maine (1)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Chris Volstad 97-66, Scott Maine 21-13, Shawn Camp 17-11, Carlos Marmol 15-8|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Volstad 10-6, Shawn Camp 1-1, Carlos Marmol 3-0|
|Batters Faced - Chris Volstad 24, Scott Maine 4, Shawn Camp 5, Carlos Marmol 4|
|Attendance - 34894|
|Game Time - 2:34|
|Temperature - 53|
|Umpires - Home - Jeff Nelson, First Base - Bill Welke, Second Base - Tim Tschida, Third Base - Chris Conroy|