Lynn boosts record to 9-1 in Cardinals' win

Walter Villa, The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchange

MIAMI -- St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Lance Lynn didn't have much on Saturday -- unless you count the support he received from the best offense in the National League and an airtight bullpen.
The Cardinals, who lead the NL in runs scored and batting average, pounded Miami Marlins pitching Saturday for a 13-7 victory at Marlins Park.
Lynn (9-1) got the win but struggled in his five innings, allowing a career-high seven runs, all earned.
Lynn's ERA shot up to 3.56 as he allowed nine hits and three walks against a Marlins team that is last in the majors in runs scored.
"I only had one pitch -- my fastball -- and they got hits on it," Lynn said. "I was fighting it the whole time. I wasn't getting my other pitches over for strikes. When that happens, anybody is going to get hits off of me."
Carlos Beltran hit two solo home runs, one from each side of the plate, and a triple for the Cardinals. Yadier Molina had three RBIs.
It was the 11th time in Beltran's career that he hit home runs from both sides of the plate in a game.
"Carlos wasn't bad," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said in an understated way. "Just all our hitters came out with tempo right from the start."
The Cardinals (44-24), who have the best record in the majors, pounded out 17 hits, including three each by Daniel Descalso and David Freese.
Freese's third-inning homer to right field snapped a 6-6 tie with the feisty Marlins (20-47), who have split the first two games of the series despite having the worst record in baseball.
The Marlins never led and could not get back even after Freese's home run.
"We just weren't able to hold them off long enough to get ourselves a chance to score some more runs," Marlins manager Mike Redmond said. "It's tough to hold those guys (the Cards) down. They have a pretty good offense."
Give credit, too, to the Cardinals' bullpen. Seth Maness, Randy Choate, Trevor Rosenthal and Keith Butle did not yield a run.
The Cardinals scored five runs in the first inning, which sounds like a lot but should come as no surprise. It was the 11th time this year they have scored at least five in one inning.
And it was the fourth time in five games that the Marlins have allowed multiple runs in the first inning. During that span, the Marlins have allowed a total of 12 runs in the first inning.
Marlins starter Tom Koehler (0-5) got himself in trouble in the first by walking the first batter and hitting the second with a pitch.
The Cardinals cashed in with a two-run single by Molina, an RBI single by Freese, a run-scoring double by Descalso and an RBI groundout by Peter Kozma.
The Marlins battled back with four runs in the bottom of the first, which frustrated Lynn.
"When you get five runs in the first, you can't give up four," Lynn said. "It was a bad day."
After Beltran homered to right to lead off the second, the Marlins managed to tie the score 6-6 on a two-run, second-inning home run to right center by Giancarlo Stanton.
In the five games since Stanton came off the disabled list, he is hitting .400 with two homers, two doubles and seven RBI.
"It's as good as I've seen him all year," Redmond said of Stanton. "He's going to the plate with a lot of confidence, and that's fun to watch. He's definitely different than he looked in April."
NOTES: Beltran (14 games) and the Marlins' Juan Pierre (11) extended their hitting streaks. ... The Marlins were two players short on their bench Saturday, as first baseman Logan Morrison and third baseman Placido Polanco were on the active roster but unavailable because of back injuries. ... The Marlins were three short on Friday, as backup C Miguel Olivo, apparently unhappy with his lack of playing time, left the team after batting practice without speaking to management. Olivo has been placed on the restricted list. He is still Marlins property but is not getting paid. ... To replace Olivo on the roster, the Marlins called up OF Jordan Brown. ... The Cardinals have no losing months this season, and their best showing was in May (20-7). The Cards also have a winning record against every division, including 11-4 against the NL East. ... Since breaking into the majors in 2004, Marlins reliever Chad Qualls has made 621 appearances, the second most by any active reliever behind Francisco Rodriguez. Qualls' 42 wins are also second most, behind Jesse Crain's 44. ... Of the Cardinals' 25 roster players, 19 have played their entire careers in the St. Louis organization. ... The Cardinals have used nine pitchers this season who are 25 or younger. ... St. Louis has started a rookie pitcher 23 times this season and has a 14-9 record in those games. ... Attendance Saturday was 16,098.

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