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Lynn won his 10th straight decision, allowing one run and five hits in seven innings Wednesday to lead the Cardinals over the Cincinnati Reds 4-2.
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Lynn (5-0) struck out five and walked two, improving to 10-0 in 10 starts and one relief appearance since losing to Milwaukee on Sept. 7. He became the NL's first five-game winner.
"It's early - but it's fun so far," Lynn said.
He was 6-0 with a 1.48 ERA through May 7 last season, then went 12-7 with a 4.46 ERA the rest of the way.
Leading the NL Central at the start of May for the sixth straight year, St. Louis has won six of its last nine.
"To be able to pitch like this and win games, it feels good," Lynn said. "I just go out there, concentrate and keep trying to improve every day."
Lynn retired the leadoff hitter six times. He also slapped a fifth-inning single to break out of an 0 for 52 slump. In addition, he set down a perfect bunt in the sixth inning.
"That bunt, that's what I'm most happy abut," he said.
St. Louis manager Mike Matheny applauded Lynn's, "bulldog tenacity."
"He just goes out there and does his job," he said. "The starting pitching has been a constant for us and he's helped lead the way. You can't ask the starters to do more than they've done."
Lynn retired the first four and last five hitters he faced.
"We had opportunities, but he pitched out of it," Cincinnati's Todd Frazier said. "We're scuffling a little bit, but you've got to give him credit."
Homer Bailey (1-3) gave up four runs and nine hits in 5 1-3 innings. He is 3-9 against St. Louis, including 0-5 with a 6.90 ERA at Busch Stadium.
Brandon Phillips drove in both Reds' runs, hitting a solo homer in the ninth.
Beltran's fourth-inning homer was his third in the six-game homestand.
"I'm not really trying to hit homers," Beltran said. "It's one of those streaks as a hitter where every ball you hit is in the air and has a chance of being a homer."
Phillips tied the game with an RBI double in the sixth.
Allen Craig walked with one out in the bottom half, Yadier Molina singled him to second, and Carpenter's broken-bat single drove in the go-ahead run, Pete Kozma and Daniel Descalso chased Bailey with consecutive run-scoring singles.
"In that sixth inning I don't think they hit any ball solid," Bailey said. "Right now, things are just not going our way."
|Lance Lynn strikes out five and walks two against the Reds, and wins his 10th straight decision. (USATSI)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Shin-Soo Choo, CF||4||0||0||0||0||3||0||.324|
|Zack Cozart, SS||4||0||0||0||0||1||0||.200|
|Joey Votto, 1B||3||1||1||0||1||0||0||.292|
|Brandon Phillips, 2B||4||1||2||2||0||0||1||.289|
|Jay Bruce, RF||4||0||2||0||0||1||1||.261|
|Todd Frazier, 3B||3||0||0||0||0||1||3||.232|
|Donald Lutz, LF||4||0||0||0||0||0||1||.000|
|Corky Miller, C||2||0||0||0||1||0||0||.100|
|Homer Bailey, P||2||0||1||0||0||0||3||.333|
|J.J. Hoover, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Jack Hannahan, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.320|
|Logan Ondrusek, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-grounded out for Hoover in the 7th|
|2B - Brandon Phillips (7, Lynn)|
|3B - Jay Bruce (1, Lynn)|
|HR - Brandon Phillips (5, Mujica)|
|RBI - Brandon Phillips 2 (26)|
|Team LOB - 5|
|Homer Bailey (L,1-3)||5.1||9||4||4||1||3||1||3.38|
|Pitches-Strikes - Homer Bailey 87-62, J.J. Hoover 11-8, Logan Ondrusek 30-22|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Homer Bailey 10-3, J.J. Hoover 1-1, Logan Ondrusek 1-4|
|Batters Faced - Homer Bailey 26, J.J. Hoover 2, Logan Ondrusek 7|
|St. Louis Cardinals|
|Jon Jay, CF||4||0||0||0||0||0||3||.204|
|Carlos Beltran, RF||4||1||1||1||0||2||1||.304|
|Matt Holliday, LF||4||0||0||0||0||0||0||.264|
|Allen Craig, 1B||3||1||1||0||1||1||0||.265|
|Yadier Molina, C||4||1||2||0||0||0||1||.320|
|Matt Carpenter, 3B||4||1||3||1||0||0||0||.283|
|Pete Kozma, SS||4||0||1||1||0||0||3||.259|
|Daniel Descalso, 2B||4||0||1||1||0||1||0||.169|
|Lance Lynn, P||2||0||1||0||0||0||1||.100|
|Trevor Rosenthal, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Edward Mujica, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|2B - Matt Carpenter 2 (10, Bailey, Bailey)|
|HR - Carlos Beltran (7, Bailey)|
|SH - Lance Lynn (4)|
|RBI - Carlos Beltran (18), Matt Carpenter (9), Pete Kozma (9), Daniel Descalso (5)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|Outfield Assists - Carlos Beltran 1|
|DP - M. Carpenter-Descalso-Craig, M. Carpenter-Descalso-Craig|
|E - Daniel Descalso (4, Misplayed grounder)|
|St. Louis Cardinals|
|Lance Lynn (W,5-0)||7||5||1||1||2||5||0||2.75|
|Trevor Rosenthal (H,7)||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||3.45|
|Edward Mujica (S,6)||1||1||1||1||0||0||1||1.64|
|HBP - Frazier (by Lance Lynn)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Lance Lynn 110-74, Trevor Rosenthal 7-6, Edward Mujica 12-10|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Lance Lynn 6-8, Edward Mujica 3-0|
|Batters Faced - Lance Lynn 27, Trevor Rosenthal 3, Edward Mujica 4|
|Attendance - 39821|
|Game Time - 2:37|
|Temperature - 81|
|Umpires - Home - Doug Eddings, First Base - John Tumpane, Second Base - Paul Nauert, Third Base - Angel Hernandez|