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ST. LOUIS -- Mitchell Boggs watched TV with his wife and played with the dog, anything to get his mind off an inept outing in the St. Louis Cardinals' home opener. It can't be understated how happy the right-hander was to get right back on the mound.
A day after the stand-in closer was the goat of the Reds' nine-run ninth inning, Boggs retired Cincinnati in order to close out a 5-1 victory Tuesday night.
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"Anybody who's gone through it knows how important it is to get back out there quick," Boggs said. "It was a big outing for me, I'm not going to dance around it. I'm not going to act like I didn't care."
Before the game, Boggs found out the Cardinals might need a long-term solution in the ninth inning. They'll decide at the beginning of May whether closer Jason Motte, who has a strained right elbow, will require reconstructive surgery.
Motte is optimistic after a second MRI exam Tuesday showed some improvement.
"I'm not doing anything more to hurt it, so it's kind of out of my hands, honestly," Motte said. "We're doing everything we can to get it better."
Cardinals rookie Trevor Rosenthal also had a strong outing, allowing a hit in the eighth one night after giving up the tying run.
"I know Mitchell was especially eager to get back on the mound, and I think it worked out well," manager Mike Matheny said. "He and Trevor both threw the ball exceptionally well."
"He was throwing the majority off-speed the whole game and with the tying run at third I had a pretty good idea I was going to get an off-speed pitch sometime during that at-bat," Adams said. "You don't want to roll over it and not get the job done."
"To be honest, I hate being in ballgames when you've got a no-hitter and you're only winning 1-0," Arroyo said. "I feel like the guy with the no-no loses. I've seen it happen so many times it's ridiculous."
Brandon Phillips had a sacrifice fly and Shin-Soo Choo had two hits for Cincinnati. The Reds were held to five hits, ending a run of four consecutive games with double-figure hit totals. Choo has four straight two-hit games.
Jake Westbrook (0-1) opposes Homer Bailey (1-0) in the finale of the three-game series on Wednesday. The defending NL Central champion Reds are just 3-22-2 in 27 series in St. Louis since the start of the 2003 season and are trying for their first series win at Busch Stadium since Sept. 2-4, 2011.
Lynn (1-0) retired the first 10 batters with seven strikeouts before the Reds scratched out a run in the fourth on consecutive one-hit singles from Zack Cozart and Joey Votto and Phillips' sacrifice fly. Left fielder Matt Holliday made a sliding catch on the warning track in left-center to limit the damage to a run.
"It was a great play," Matheny said. "He covered as much ground as I've probably ever seen him cover. That really could have turned ugly for us."
Lynn, who gave up four runs in four innings in his first start at Arizona, said the difference was simple: "Less walks, more strikes, less barrels, less hits."
Arroyo needed just 63 pitches to get through five, keeping the Cardinals guessing with his assortment of off-speed pitches. Right fielder Jay Bruce's sliding catch robbed Yadier Molina of a hit to end the fifth, but Arroyo allowed hits to four of the first five batters in the sixth.
"He just started getting balls up and it happened so quickly," manager Dusty Baker said. "They were like boom, bat, boom.
"That's how they can do it. That was a disaster inning."
Daniel Descalso doubled on an 0-1 pitch to open the inning, making him 8 for 19 against Arroyo, and advanced on a groundout before Adams' shot over the wall in right-center on a slow curveball. The Cardinals had three more hits and an intentional walk in the inning, getting an RBI groundout from Craig and a run-scoring single from Beltran.
St. Louis might have missed a chance for even more when Matt Carpenter retreated a few steps to third on Beltran's liner to center, causing Holliday to slow trying to score from second, and Choo's strong throw caught Holliday at the plate for the third out.
Arroyo is 8-14 with a 4.60 ERA in his career against the Cardinals and 3-7 with a 5.46 ERA in 15 starts at 8-year-old Busch Stadium.
|The Cardinals' Lance Lynn retires the first 10 batters he faces en route his first win of the season. (Getty Images)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Shin-Soo Choo, CF||4||0||2||0||0||2||0||.394|
|Zack Cozart, SS||4||1||1||0||0||0||2||.129|
|Joey Votto, 1B||3||0||1||0||1||1||0||.250|
|Brandon Phillips, 2B||3||0||0||1||0||1||0||.314|
|Jay Bruce, RF||4||0||0||0||0||2||3||.289|
|Todd Frazier, 3B||3||0||0||0||0||2||0||.375|
|Derrick Robinson, LF||3||0||1||0||0||2||0||.250|
|Manny Parra, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.500|
|Ryan Hanigan, C||3||0||0||0||0||1||1||.043|
|Bronson Arroyo, P||2||0||0||0||0||2||1||.000|
|Chris Heisey, LF||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.185|
|SF - Brandon Phillips (1)|
|RBI - Brandon Phillips (8)|
|Team LOB - 4|
|Outfield Assists - Shin-Soo Choo 1|
|Bronson Arroyo (L,1-1)||6||5||4||4||1||2||1||5.25|
|IBB - Holliday by Bronson Arroyo|
|WP - Manny Parra (1)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Bronson Arroyo 84-57, Manny Parra 34-21|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Bronson Arroyo 7-8, Manny Parra 1-4|
|Batters Faced - Bronson Arroyo 23, Manny Parra 10|
|St. Louis Cardinals|
|Jon Jay, CF||4||1||1||0||0||0||2||.243|
|Matt Carpenter, 3B||4||2||2||0||0||0||0||.333|
|Matt Holliday, LF||3||0||1||0||1||0||0||.214|
|Allen Craig, 1B||4||0||0||1||0||0||1||.229|
|Carlos Beltran, RF||4||0||1||1||0||0||1||.200|
|Mitchell Boggs, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Yadier Molina, C||4||0||1||0||0||0||1||.250|
|Daniel Descalso, 2B||3||1||1||0||0||1||1||.250|
|Pete Kozma, SS||3||0||1||0||0||1||1||.300|
|Lance Lynn, P||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Matt Adams, PH||1||1||1||2||0||0||0||.636|
|Edward Mujica, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Ty Wigginton, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||2||.222|
|Trevor Rosenthal, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Shane Robinson, RF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.400|
|a-homered for Lynn in the 6th|
|b-struck out for Mujica in the 7th|
|2B - Matt Holliday (2, Parra), Daniel Descalso (3, Arroyo), Pete Kozma (2, Parra)|
|HR - Matt Adams (1, Arroyo)|
|RBI - Allen Craig (5), Carlos Beltran (6), Matt Adams 2 (4)|
|2-OUT RBI - Carlos Beltran (6)|
|Team LOB - 4|
|DP - Kozma-Descalso-Craig|
|St. Louis Cardinals|
|Lance Lynn (W,1-0)||6||4||1||1||1||10||0||4.50|
|Edward Mujica (H,4)||1||0||0||0||0||2||0||2.08|
|Trevor Rosenthal (H,1)||1||1||0||0||0||1||0||3.00|
|Pitches-Strikes - Lance Lynn 101-66, Edward Mujica 11-9, Trevor Rosenthal 11-7, Mitchell Boggs 12-8|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Lance Lynn 6-2, Trevor Rosenthal 1-0, Mitchell Boggs 2-0|
|Batters Faced - Lance Lynn 23, Edward Mujica 3, Trevor Rosenthal 3, Mitchell Boggs 3|
|Attendance - 37731|
|Game Time - 2:43|
|Temperature - 77|
|Umpires - Home - Victor Carapazza, First Base - Jeff Nelson, Second Base - Kerwin Danley, Third Base - Lance Barksdale|