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Berkman, Lynn get the job done

The Sports Xchange
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Veteran outfielder Lance Berkman achieved something Friday night that he hadn't done in nearly three years: He doubled and tripled in the same game.

Berkman tripled for the first time this season and scored the Cardinals' second run in the fourth inning against the Florida Marlins. Then, in the eighth inning of a tie game, after he had made a running catch in the bottom of the seventh, Berkman doubled to drive in the go-ahead run and the Cardinals held on for a 3-2 victory.

Meanwhile, rookie Lance Lynn gained his first major league save. With Cardinals manager Tony La Russa and pitching coach Dave Duncan wanting to give both closer Fernando Salas and setup man Octavio Dotel a night off, it fell to Lynn to pitch the ninth inning. There were some speed bumps, but Lynn cleared them, escaping a bases-loaded, two-out spot by fanning dangerous Mike Stanton on a 96 mph fastball to end the game.

Duncan had talked before the game about moving the impressive Lynn into some more significant roles.

"I didn't think it would be that soon," said Duncan. "One-run game. His heart was beating a little fast. But sometimes you get put into a position where you don't have a choice.

"I think he was out there long enough that he probably calmed down a little bit," said Duncan.

An erratic starter when he was with the Cardinals earlier in the season, Lynn has grown into a weapon as a reliever. Lynn said, "I enjoy it. I'm a person that likes big situations, and I like to have the ball in my hand when the game's on the line."

When the call to the bullpen came, Lynn recalled himself saying, "All right. Time to get the job done."

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