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ST. LOUIS -- After losing back-to-back starts for the first time in his career, Lance Lynn resisted the temptation to alter his approach.
He has 11 victories before to the All-Star break both of his years in the rotation because he stayed with the plan.
"That last one was all singles and bloops," manager Mike Matheny said after a 3-2 victory against the Miami Marlins wrapped up a three-game sweep Sunday. "The adjustment really is not to make too many adjustments.
"He was a bulldog," Matheny added.
Lynn outpitched Marlins All-Star Jose Fernandez and Matt Holliday hit a home run for St. Louis, which rebounded from a 3-8 stretch that bumped them from the majors' best record to second place in the NL Central.
"We've had some heartbreaks as of late," Lynn said. "To be able to get a sweep any time of the year is great. It would be nice to get hot right before the All-Star break and rattle off a bunch of wins."
Lynn (11-3) worked seven strong innings in 87-degree heat and matched All-Star Adam Wainwright for the team lead in victories. He struck out seven, fanning Giancarlo Stanton all three times, shaking off two outings in which he gave up nine runs in 13 2/3 innings.
"I tried to not even think about the last one," Lynn said. "You're going to have times where it seems like every time you throw a pitch and they hit it's a hit, no matter where it goes.
"That's kind of what the feeling was the last time," he said, "but it can't always be like that."
The 20-year-old Fernandez (5-5) worked six innings a day after getting the nod as the Marlins' lone All-Star and gave up three runs on four hits and a season-high four walks. He hadn't allowed more than two earned runs in his previous six outings.
"They were just better than us," Fernandez said. "I thought I made some good pitches but it's not a secret for anybody, the Cardinals are one of the best teams in the league."
The Cardinals swept the Marlins, with whom they share a spring training complex in Jupiter, Fla., for the first time since Aug. 4-7, 2011, at Florida, and the first time at home since May 23-25, 2000.
Trevor Rosenthal escaped a bases-loaded jam in the eighth by getting pinch-hitter Greg Dobbs on a groundout, getting some help when Stanton froze between second and third and could not score on Logan Morrison's hit.
"If a couple of things go our way or we make a couple of better plays, we win this game," Morrison said. "That's why they're going to be in the playoffs. That's why we're not, because they know how do those things.
"We're young. We're learning. We'll get there," Morrison said.
Edward Mujica pitched for the fourth consecutive game and finished for his 23rd save in 24 chances, giving him a win and two saves in the series.
Adeiny Hechavarria and Jeff Mathis had an RBI apiece for the Marlins, who had won eight of 10 entering the series and had been on a 19-11 roll for the majors' best record since May 31. Derek Dietrich doubled, walked and was hit by a pitch twice.
Holliday's 12th home run, and first in 12 games, was a 420-foot shot to straightaway center in the first.
Both teams manufactured a run early. A wide throw to the plate from first baseman Morrison helped Carlos Beltran score on the front end of a double steal with Holliday in the third for St. Louis, and Mathis had a squeeze bunt for an RBI in the fourth for the Marlins.
Stanton fanned three times for the second time in four games. He's 1 for 7 against Lynn with a home run, two RBI, a walk and five strikeouts.
|Lance Lynn goes seven innings, earns his 11th victory and helps the Cardinals complete a sweep of the Marlins. (USATSI)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Juan Pierre, LF||4||0||1||0||0||0||1||.237|
|Justin Ruggiano, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.225|
|Ed Lucas, 3B-SS||4||0||1||0||0||1||1||.280|
|Giancarlo Stanton, RF||4||0||1||0||0||3||1||.246|
|Logan Morrison, 1B||4||0||1||0||0||0||1||.314|
|Marcell Ozuna, CF||4||1||1||0||0||1||2||.288|
|Derek Dietrich, 2B||1||1||1||0||1||0||0||.222|
|Adeiny Hechavarria, SS||3||0||1||1||0||1||3||.225|
|Greg Dobbs, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||3||.226|
|Jeff Mathis, C||4||0||1||1||0||2||1||.169|
|Jose Fernandez, P||2||0||0||0||0||1||3||.172|
|Placido Polanco, PH||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.242|
|Donovan Solano, 3B||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.278|
|a-flied out for Pierre in the 9th|
|b-grounded out for Hechavarria in the 8th|
|c-singled for Fernandez in the 7th|
|2B - Giancarlo Stanton (9, Rosenthal), Derek Dietrich (10, Lynn)|
|3B - Marcell Ozuna (3, Lynn)|
|RBI - Adeiny Hechavarria (23), Jeff Mathis (17)|
|2-OUT RBI - Jeff Mathis (4)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|Outfield Assists - Giancarlo Stanton 1|
|DP - Lucas-Dietrich-Morrison, Lucas-Dietrich-Morrison-Lucas-Dietrich-Morrison|
|Jose Fernandez (L,5-5)||6||4||3||3||4||5||1||2.83|
|IBB - Kozma by Jose Fernandez, Jay by Ryan Webb|
|HBP - M. Carpenter (by Jose Fernandez)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Jose Fernandez 89-55, Dan Jennings 11-8, Ryan Webb 16-9|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jose Fernandez 5-6, Dan Jennings 2-0, Ryan Webb 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Jose Fernandez 26, Dan Jennings 3, Ryan Webb 5|
|St. Louis Cardinals|
|Matt Carpenter, 2B||3||1||0||0||0||2||1||.316|
|Carlos Beltran, RF||4||1||2||0||0||0||0||.307|
|Matt Holliday, LF||3||1||1||1||1||0||1||.266|
|Allen Craig, 1B||3||0||1||1||0||1||0||.325|
|David Freese, 3B||3||0||0||0||1||2||1||.270|
|Jon Jay, CF||3||0||1||0||1||0||2||.246|
|Tony Cruz, C||3||0||1||0||0||1||3||.171|
|Pete Kozma, SS||2||0||0||0||1||0||1||.234|
|Lance Lynn, P||1||0||0||0||1||0||2||.111|
|Shane Robinson, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.226|
|a-grounded out for Lynn in the 7th|
|2B - Allen Craig (20, Webb), Jon Jay (11, Fernandez)|
|HR - Matt Holliday (12, Fernandez)|
|SF - Allen Craig (5)|
|RBI - Matt Holliday (43), Allen Craig (69)|
|2-OUT RBI - Matt Holliday (18)|
|SB - Carlos Beltran (2, ), Matt Holliday (3, 2nd base off Fernandez/Mathis)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|DP - Kozma-M. Carpenter-Craig, Kozma-M. Carpenter-Craig-M. Carpenter-Kozma-Craig|
|St. Louis Cardinals|
|Lance Lynn (W,11-3)||7||7||2||2||1||7||0||3.67|
|Trevor Rosenthal (H,19)||1||2||0||0||0||2||0||1.93|
|Edward Mujica (S,23)||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||2.41|
|HBP - Dietrich (by Lance Lynn), Dietrich (by Trevor Rosenthal)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Lance Lynn 110-75, Trevor Rosenthal 20-14, Edward Mujica 11-7|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Lance Lynn 8-4, Trevor Rosenthal 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Lance Lynn 28, Trevor Rosenthal 6, Edward Mujica 3|
|Attendance - 43741|
|Game Time - 2:39|
|Temperature - 87|
|Umpires - Home - Adrian Johnson, First Base - Brian O'Nora, Second Base - Field Culbreth, Third Base - Bill Welke|