Cards, Lynn finish 3 of 4 wins over Rockies

Lynn won his 11th game of 2012

Lance Lynn returned to all-star form as the Cardinals won three of four against Colorado after a 6-2 victory Thursday night at Busch Stadium.

INSIDE PITCH

 

Lance Lynn, who had given up 25 hits and 17 earned runs in 15 1/3 innings over three starts, made an in-game adjustment Thursday night. Just like that, he once again was the dominating pitcher who had won 10 of his first 12 decisions.

 

Lynn, getting on top of the ball better, had a more darting sinker and better bite on his slider after struggling for two innings, albeit scoreless ones. Then he reeled off four more scoreless innings in a 6-2 win over Colorado. He fanned seven for his six-inning stint and gave up only four singles.

 

"Sometimes, your slot changes (on the release) without you really knowing it," said manager Mike Matheny. "He was getting down underneath (the ball) and pushing out of the (strike) zone and he couldn't figure out why.

 

"He did a nice job of making that in-game adjustment. Not many guys can do that.

 

"I thought the ball was jumping out of his hand. His stuff was as good as any day he's had this season.

 

Lynn (11-4) said, "I felt really good the last couple of outings. I was just off a little mechanically. Giving up two-out homers is a big problem, especially when they cost you three or four runs."

 

The only homer the Cardinals gave up was a two-run drive by Colorado right fielder Tyler Colvin off right-hander Victor Marte in the eighth inning. But the Cardinals ultimately closed out the game to win the series, three games to one, marking their first series victory at home in three weeks.

 

NOTES, QUOTES

INF/OF Matt Carpenter, making his first career start at second base, had only one play, handling a throw on a forceout grounder before the runner got to him. "I was wanting the ball to be hit to him," said manager Mike Matheny. "I had all the confidence in the world he was going to make the plays." Carpenter said, "I wasn't too concerned, but I thought there might be some nerves out there. I was so busy with trying to make sure I was in the right place at the right time that that kind of consumed all my thoughts. It went pretty well."

LHP Barret Browning, a rookie just up from Class AAA Memphis, pitched his fourth perfect inning in succession, retiring three Colorado switch hitters who were batting right-handed. "My job is to get past batters, left-hander or right-hander, superstar or a guy that's a rookie," said Browning. "My job is to put zeroes up."

RHP Lance Lynn, who is batting only .067, drew a four-pitch walk that helped lead to a five-run fifth inning. Lynn spent about 10 minutes on the bases during that inning, but his sixth inning on the mound seemed unaffected. "I hadn't been out there (on the bases) in awhile, so it wasn't that big a deal," he said.

LF Matt Holliday, 34 for 68 over his last 18 games, knocked in a run for the sixth consecutive game and is hitting .318 for 80 games this season. He has missed playing just two games after either being ailing or hurt several times last season.

3B David Freese became the fifth Cardinals player chosen to the National League team for next week's All-Star Game when he won the fans' Internet vote. "What a crazy way to make an All-Star team," Freese said. "I'm thrilled."

1B Lance Berkman, recovering from right knee surgery, has been running well in his pregame drills, manager Mike Matheny said. Asked if he thought Berkman would need a couple of rehabilitation games in the minors, Matheny said, "Yes." Asked if the veteran Berkman was on board with that, Matheny again answered, "Yes."

By the Numbers:

10 - Consecutive scoreless outings by right-hander Mitchell Boggs.

Quote to Note:

"I'll play there every day if they don't hit anything to me."

- INF/OF Matt Carpenter, who, in his first start at second base, did not have a ball hit to him.

MEDICAL WATCH

LHP Jaime Garcia (left shoulder strain) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to June 6. After further examination, it was determined that he has tearing in his rotator cuff. He threw 40 pitches from 60 feet on flat ground for the first time in a month July 4. He is out until at least mid-August.

RHP Kyle McClellan (strained right ulnar collateral ligament) went on the 15-day disabled list May 18, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on June 30. He won't need surgery but likely will be sidelined until at least late July. He threw from flat ground for the first time July 3 and reported he felt good July 4. He could be back in early August.

1B Lance Berkman (torn meniscus in right knee) went on the 15-day disabled list May 20. He had arthroscopic surgery May 25, and no ACL damage was found. He took batting practice July 2, and he hopes to return to the Cardinals on July 13.

RHP Chris Carpenter (weak right shoulder) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 26, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on June 10. He threw for the first time since March on June 13 and then threw another 40 pitches on June 15. He threw to hitters for the first time June 22 but then had a setback June 25 when he felt renewed weakness in the shoulder. He said it felt better the next day, and he had an extensive throwing session off flat ground June 27. On June 28, he was told he has thoracic outlet syndrome, which can cause, among its effects, weakness in one's shoulder. A July 2 bullpen session was canceled. On July 3, the Cardinals announced that Carpenter will undergo season-ending surgery July 19 and will be out until February.

Link to boxscore: St. Louis 6, Colorado 2

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