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Cardinals' Lynn stops Diamondbacks, improves to 8-1

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ST. LOUIS -- Lance Lynn was feeling so good that he wanted to stay in the game. These days, everything is going right for the pitcher.

Lynn pitched seven solid innings and the St. Louis Cardinals got home runs from Yadier Molina and Carlos Beltran in a 7-1 victory against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday night.

"It was a good night," said Lynn, who threw 105 pitches. "We had a good plan and I was able to make some pitches."

The right-hander allowed one run and five hits, struck out six and walked one. He improved to 8-1 for the second successive season while becoming the third National League pitcher to reach eight victories, trailing Patrick Corbin's league-leading nine for Arizona.

The Diamondbacks got their only run in the sixth. Gerardo Parra had a leadoff double, moved up on Martin Prado's flyout and came home on Paul Goldschmidt's groundout.

It was the only time a runner reached second against Lynn, who allowed four runs in four-plus innings against Arizona in his first start of the season on April 3.

This time around, the Diamondbacks couldn't figure him out.

"He's very deceptive," Arizona manager Kirk Gibson. "He's pitched well for them this year and he pitched a good game against us tonight. So, to beat guys like that you've got to play a much tighter game and we were unable to match him tonight."

Molina hit a leadoff drive in the fifth on the same day he received a one-game suspension from Major League Baseball for making contact with umpire Mike Everitt during an argument on Sunday. The All-Star catcher appealed the decision.

Molina's fourth home run lifted St. Louis to a 5-0 lead. He finished with two hits and two RBI, and leads the National League with a .350 batting average.

He wasn't available after the game but Lynn (8-1) said his catcher's performance came as no surprise.

"He wasn't happy with the way [Sunday] went and you can't blame him," Lynn said. "You knew that he was going to show up tonight and give everything he had and he did that for us."

Arizona starter Trevor Cahill was charged with five runs and nine hits in five innings. He walked three and had no strikeouts for the first time this season.

Cahill (3-6) had allowed four earned runs or less in 29 consecutive starts.

"I was just behind in the count it felt like the whole game and the couple times I was ahead I wasn't able to put them away," Cahill said.

Beltran and Matt Carpenter had three hits apiece for the Cardinals. Beltran's 13th home run drove in Carpenter and made it 7-1 in the sixth. He also drove in Carpenter in the fourth with a single.

The Cardinals went 4 for 8 with runners in scoring position against the usually stout Cahill. Entering the game, batters had only a .111 average against him in that situation.

David Freese singled in Molina in the third, making it 3-0 and extending his hitting streak to a career-high 13 games. Molina singled in Matt Holliday, before taking second on the throw home and third on a wild pitch.

Notes

  • Carpenter extended his hitting streak to 12 with a single in the first, tying his career high set from Sept. 12-24, 2012.
  • Tyler Skaggs makes his second start of the year Tuesday for the Diamondbacks in place of Brandon McCarthy, who is on the 15-day disabled list with shoulder issues. Arizona has not yet made a roster move to accommodate Skaggs' return from Triple-A Reno.
  • St. Louis' Joe Kelly will make his first start of 2013 on Wednesday. He made 16 starts in 2012 with a 4-6 record, but has pitched exclusively out of the bullpen this year with 16 appearances.
  • Corbin was named the National League's pitcher of the month for May during which he went 5-0 with a 1.53 ERA.
 
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Yadier Molina, playing while appealing a one-game suspension, hits a home run in the fifth inning off Trevor Cahill.  (USATSI)
Yadier Molina, playing while appealing a one-game suspension, hits a home run in the fifth inning off Trevor Cahill. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
St. Louis

C. Beltran
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 3
St. Louis

Y. Molina
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
 
Arizona Diamondbacks
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Gerardo Parra, RF4120011 .314
Martin Prado, 3B4000013 .256
Paul Goldschmidt, 1B4001012 .330
Miguel Montero, C3000101 .202
Cody Ross, LF4010001 .269
Willie Bloomquist, 2B4020000 .625
Didi Gregorius, SS4010012 .313
A.J. Pollock, CF3000012 .270
Trevor Cahill, P2000021 .080
    Randall Delgado, P0000000 .000
   a- Eric Hinske, PH1010000 .190
    Will Harris, P0000000 .000
Totals3317117  
a-doubled for Delgado in the 8th
Batting
2B - Gerardo Parra (18, Lynn), Eric Hinske (3, Rosenthal)
RBI - Paul Goldschmidt (47)
CS - Cody Ross (1, 2nd base by Lynn/Molina)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Gregorius-Bloomquist-Goldschmidt, Gregorius-Goldschmidt
Arizona Diamondbacks
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Trevor Cahill (L,3-6) 5955301 3.27
Randall Delgado 2422031 9.00
Will Harris 1100000 3.38
WP - Trevor Cahill (8)
Pitches-Strikes - Trevor Cahill 91-53, Randall Delgado 38-29, Will Harris 10-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Trevor Cahill 9-5, Randall Delgado 3-0, Will Harris 2-0
Batters Faced - Trevor Cahill 26, Randall Delgado 10, Will Harris 3
St. Louis Cardinals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Matt Carpenter, 2B5330002 .319
Carlos Beltran, RF5133001 .308
Matt Holliday, LF3110211 .245
    Shane Robinson, LF0000000 .167
Allen Craig, 1B4021002 .318
    Tony Cruz, C0000000 .190
Yadier Molina, C-1B4222002 .350
David Freese, 3B3021100 .265
Jon Jay, CF4000003 .241
Pete Kozma, SS4000012 .254
Lance Lynn, P3010010 .095
   a- Matt Adams, PH1000001 .317
    Trevor Rosenthal, P0000000 .000
    Edward Mujica, P0000000 .000
Totals36714733  
a-grounded out for Lynn in the 7th
Batting
2B - Matt Carpenter (18, Cahill), Allen Craig (16, Delgado)
HR - Carlos Beltran (13, Delgado), Yadier Molina (4, Cahill)
RBI - Carlos Beltran 3 (37), Allen Craig (39), Yadier Molina 2 (29), David Freese (18)
2-OUT RBI - Carlos Beltran (17), Yadier Molina (11), David Freese (12)
Team LOB - 8
St. Louis Cardinals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Lance Lynn (W,8-1) 7511160 2.76
Trevor Rosenthal 1100010 2.00
Edward Mujica 1100000 1.80
Pitches-Strikes - Lance Lynn 105-74, Trevor Rosenthal 13-9, Edward Mujica 14-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Lance Lynn 4-10, Trevor Rosenthal 1-1, Edward Mujica 1-2
Batters Faced - Lance Lynn 26, Trevor Rosenthal 4, Edward Mujica 4
Game Information
Attendance - 38042
Game Time - 2:39
Temperature - 73
Umpires - Home - Jordan Baker, First Base - Dana DeMuth, Second Base - Paul Nauert, Third Base - Angel Hernandez