Cardinals' Lynn tosses six shutout innings in rout of Braves
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[May 06, 2017]
ATLANTA -- Lance Lynn, who
missed last season after Tommy John elbow surgery, won his fourth
straight start as the St. Louis Cardinals gave the veteran
right-hander a lot more offensive support than he needed in a 10-0
rout of the Atlanta Braves on Friday night.
Aledmys Diaz drove in three runs while going 4-for-4 with a walk.
Tommy Pham, just recalled from Triple-A Memphis, and Matt Carpenter
hit two-run homers.
"The offense did a great job," Lynn said.
Lynn (4-1) lowered his ERA to 2.04 with six innings in which he
allowed four hits, walked two and struck out six.
"I really felt physically good all night," Lynn said. "It was a
little bit with the (cold) weather, a little bit with the seven days
between outings. It was a little bit of everything."
Lynn has pitched 25 innings during his four-game winning streak and
surrendered just two runs and 16 hits. He stranded six runners in
six innings, including two in each of the first two innings.
"The command wasn't great, but I was able to get out of jams when I
got into them," Lynn said.
The Cardinals (14-14) came in as one of the lowest scoring teams in
the National League but collected a season-high 16 hits off five
Atlanta pitchers. Eight of them went for extra bases, despite being
without outfielders Stephen Piscotty (strained hamstring) and Dexter
Fowler (strained shoulder).
Piscotty had to go on the 10-day disabled list Friday and Fowler is
day to day.
Pham was called up to replace Piscotty and started in center in
place of Fowler.
"It's an honor (to be here)," said Pham, who doubled his homer his
first time up and homered his second. "That's one thing I learned
from being down there, man. One thing I realized today is being up
here and having that stride, like a little kid playing a game again.
... I'm happy to be back up."
It was the second straight blowout loss for the Braves (11-16) as
they lost to the New York Mets 16-5 on Wednesday.
Braves starter Mike Foltynewicz (0-4) allowed seven runs and nine
hits in four innings, with his ERA jumping from 2.45 to 4.55.
"He didn't have it and it got away. He had a rough outing," Braves
manager Brian Snitker said of Foltynewicz. "He'd been really good,
but you need to be really good all the time. Your starter sets the
tone for the game."
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Cardinals starting pitcher Lance Lynn (31) delivers a pitch to an
Atlanta Braves batter in the first inning of their game at SunTrust
Park. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports
The Cardinals scored a run in the first on doubles by
Jose Martinez and Jedd Gyorko. The inning ended on a diving catch by
left fielder Matt Kemp, but St. Louis erupted for four runs in the
Diaz drove in two runs with a double and Pham picked on a hanging
1-1 slider from Foltynewicz and sent a drive out to straightway
center field over the glove of a leaping Ender Inciarte.
Carpenter matched Pham with a two-run homer in the fourth, on a 2-2
two-seamer that also went to center and over Inciarte, who made a
futile jump. It was Carpenter's fifth homer of the season.
"First or second inning, I knew I didn't have my stuff," Foltynewicz
said. "I left all my pitches up. Giving up seven runs is hard."
NOTES: RF Stephen Piscotty, who suffered a strained right hamstring
Thursday against Milwaukee trying to beat out a grounder, was placed
on the 10-day disabled list and OF Tommy Pham recalled from Triple-A
Memphis. ... Pham started against the Braves in place of CF Dexter
Fowler, who is day tt day with strained throwing shoulder suffered
Thursday driving to make a diving catch. Fowler had an MRI, which
found no structural damage in his right shoulder. ... Braves CF
Ender Inciarte had three hits for the Braves, including a triple.
... Cardinals 3B Jhonny Peralta (upper-respiratory infection) went
0-for-2 in his first rehab game with Single-A Palm Beach. ... RHP
Mike Leake (3-1, 1.35 ERA) will start for the Cardinals in the
middle game of the weekend series Saturday night against RHP Julio
Teheran (2-2, 4.33). ... Braves manager Brian Snitker has tendinitis
in his right Achilles and is wearing a boot on his right foot part
time to help it heal.
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