The sweep over the Atlanta Braves was not meant to be when the St. Louis Cardinals fell 5-2 on Sunday afternoon.
Lance Lynn pitched deep into the game but the offense didn’t back him up. Lynn pitched seven innings, where he allowed nine hits, four runs, one walk, and struck out five batters. Lynn allowed a solo home run to Andrelton Simmons in the seventh.
Randy Choate started the eighth inning for the Cardinals. The lefty faced two batters in the inning. He allowed one hit, one run, and struck out one batter.
Michael Wacha finished out the eighth and ninth innings. The run scored while Wacha was pitching but the runner was inherited from Choate. Wacha waked one and struck out three batters.
The Cardinals were 1-5 with runners in scoring position. They had opportunities but could not get the job done.
In the eighth inning, the Cards added another run. Allen Craig singled and drove in Holliday from second base.
With the San Francisco Giants beating the Pittsburgh Pirates early Sunday evening, the Cardinals remained tied atop the division. The Cincinnati Reds also fell on Sunday so no ground was gained there.
The Cards host the Reds this week and have a chance to distance themselves.