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Holliday provides offense as Cardinals edge Dodgers

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ST. LOUIS -- Lance Lynn has been among the best first-half pitchers in the majors since cracking the St. Louis Cardinals' rotation in 2011, reaching double-figure win totals before the All-Star break all three seasons.

The Los Angeles Dodgers saw a pitcher determined to finish strong, too.

Lynn won his third straight start Friday night, leading the Cardinals to a 3-2 victory.

"I'm not worried about the rest of the season," Lynn said. "I'm just worried about my next start -- whenever that may be."

Lynn is 33-15 with a 3.54 ERA before the All-Star break and 12-9 with a 3.91 ERA after the break. He's been among the pitchers getting the most run support, too.

Manager Mike Matheny repeated his assertion that Lynn (11-6) is "one of the most underrated pitchers in the game."

"Despite what anybody else thinks, he's got a lot of wins and there's a reason," Matheny said. "It's because he's got great stuff."

Matt Holliday homered and doubled with three RBIs in support of Lynn.

Kolten Wong had two hits and scored on both of Holliday's RBI hits for the Cardinals against the team they beat in the NLCS last fall. They have won six of eight and remained a game behind the Brewers for the NL Central lead.

"Really, I just kept my approach simple and tried to hit the ball hard back through the middle of the field," Holliday said. "I don't get ahead of myself. I've learned playing this long to take this thing day to day."

A.J. Ellis had an RBI double for the Dodgers, battling the Giants for the NL West lead. They remained offensively challenged coming out of the All-Star break, totaling 10 runs the last six games.

Holliday's seventh homer, estimated at 435 feet to straightaway center, came off Dan Haren (8-7).

Lynn gave up two runs on four hits in six-plus innings. He struck out nine and worked around four walks, which tied his season high.

Lynn has 44 wins the last three seasons, one behind Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright for most in the league. He bounced back from season worsts of two innings and six earned runs at Los Angeles on June 28 before leaving with a blister.

"I thought he used his breaking ball more. I don't think he used his curveball in L.A. hardly at all," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. "It looked like it took us a while to get going."

Haren piled up 99 pitches in 4 2-3 innings, allowing three runs on eight hits, and is among the National League leaders with 20 homers allowed. He's totaled 8 2-3 innings his last two starts and has lost his last three outings overall.

"I made a bad pitch to Holliday," Haren said. "I actually didn't make that many mistakes. It seemed like everything they hit in the air was falling, and there was nothing I could do."

The Dodgers left the bases loaded in the third when Matt Kemp struck out. The Cardinals stranded three in the fourth when Lynn bounced out after an intentional walk to Tony Cruz.

Consecutive doubles by Juan Uribe and Ellis leading off the seventh chased Lynn. Ellis scored on a wild pitch to cut the deficit to one.

The Dodgers stranded two against Pat Neshek in the eighth and Trevor Rosenthal had two strikeouts in a perfect ninth for his 29th save in 33 chances.

Notes

The pairing for Saturday is Zack Greinke (11-5, 2.73), coming off his second All-Star nod, against Joe Kelly (1-1, 3.44), making his second start coming off the DL from a hamstring injury. Greinke has won his last four starts against the Cardinals and is 9-3 with a 2.93 ERA for his career against them. ... Mattingly didn't mind Kemp saying he was open to a trade if he didn't get regular playing time in a published report during the break. "The headline catches your eye and you read it and you go, `It's not that big of a deal,'" Mattingly said. Mattingly also didn't mind that Kemp wanted to play center field, saying "That's fine, he can view himself however he wants. I'm playing him in left." ... Holliday reached 1,000 career RBIs last month. ... The Cardinals have won their first home game after the All-Star break seven straight seasons.

 
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Lance Lynn picks up right where he left off before the All-Star break, winning his third straight start.  (USATSI)
Lance Lynn picks up right where he left off before the All-Star break, winning his third straight start. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
St. Louis

M. Holliday
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
St. Louis

L. Lynn
IP 6.0
H 4
ER 2
BB 4
K 9
 
Los Angeles (N.L.) Dodgers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Dee Gordon, 2B4000110.289
Yasiel Puig, RF3010100.309
Hanley Ramirez, SS4010013.275
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B3010121.251
   Miguel Rojas, PR0000000.208
   Scott Van Slyke, 1B0000000.268
Matt Kemp, LF3000113.266
Andre Ethier, CF3000132.250
Juan Uribe, 3B4110002.296
A.J. Ellis, C4111001.215
Dan Haren, P2000020.139
   Chris Perez, P0000000.000
   a-Justin Turner, PH1000001.300
   Paco Rodriguez, P0000000.000
   Brandon League, P0000000.000
   b-Carl Crawford, PH1000010.259
Totals32251511  
a-grounded out for Perez in the 7th
b-struck out for League in the 9th
Batting
2B - Hanley Ramirez (24, Lynn), Juan Uribe (13, Lynn), A.J. Ellis (6, Lynn)
RBI - A.J. Ellis (8)
Team LOB - 8
Los Angeles (N.L.) Dodgers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Dan Haren (L,8-7) 4.2833241 4.30
Chris Perez 1.1000010 4.37
Paco Rodriguez 1000000 5.63
Brandon League 1000010 2.05
IBB - Cruz by Dan Haren
HBP - Jay (by Brandon League)
Pitches-Strikes - Dan Haren 99-58, Chris Perez 17-11, Paco Rodriguez 11-7, Brandon League 14-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Dan Haren 7-3, Chris Perez 2-1, Brandon League 2-0
Batters Faced - Dan Haren 24, Chris Perez 4, Paco Rodriguez 3, Brandon League 4
St. Louis Cardinals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Matt Carpenter, 3B4000020.280
Kolten Wong, 2B4220010.247
Matt Holliday, LF4123010.268
Matt Adams, 1B4000001.325
Jhonny Peralta, SS4010001.253
Allen Craig, RF3010100.244
   Trevor Rosenthal, P0000000.000
Jon Jay, CF-RF3020002.291
Tony Cruz, C3000112.235
Lance Lynn, P3000014.029
   Seth Maness, P0000000.400
   Pat Neshek, P0000000.000
   Peter Bourjos, CF0000000.220
Totals3238326  
Batting
2B - Kolten Wong (7, Haren), Matt Holliday (25, Haren), Jhonny Peralta (26, Haren), Jon Jay (12, Haren)
HR - Matt Holliday (7, Haren)
RBI - Matt Holliday 3 (48)
SB - Jon Jay (4, 2nd base off League/Ellis)
Team LOB - 8
St. Louis Cardinals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Lance Lynn (W,11-6) 6422490 3.13
Seth Maness (H,4) 1000000 2.96
Pat Neshek (H,14) 1100110 0.69
Trevor Rosenthal (S,29) 1000010 3.43
WP - Seth Maness (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Lance Lynn 107-65, Seth Maness 14-10, Pat Neshek 22-16, Trevor Rosenthal 12-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Lance Lynn 4-5, Seth Maness 2-1
Batters Faced - Lance Lynn 26, Seth Maness 3, Pat Neshek 5, Trevor Rosenthal 3
Game Information
Attendance - 45010
Game Time - 3:02
Temperature - 83
Umpires - Home - Lance Barrett, First Base - Ron Kulpa, Second Base - Ed Hickox, Third Base - Pat Hoberg