Lynn (12-4) picked up the win after allowing six hits and two walks while striking out 11 over seven scoreless innings Thursday night against the Astros.

The All-Star break was evidently kind to Lynn, who blanked Houston through seven frames, but he had to overcome mechanical trouble early after a longer-than-normal layoff. Pitching for the first time in seven days, he threw a first-pitch strike to just four of the first 10 batters and needed 59 pitches over the first three innings, which included working out jams in the second and third frames. Lynn eventually righted himself, throwing a first-pitch strike to 18 of the final 19 batters faced and dispatching the Astros on 51 pitches over the final four innings. The 32-year-old right-hander continues to throw the ball well, as he's now given up just two earned runs over his last three outings (22 innings), and he's managed to collect five straight victories. Lynn will head into his next start, Wednesday against the Diamondbacks, with a 3.69 ERA and 1.21 WHIP with a 134:28 K:BB across 122 innings.

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