May 27, 2014; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Lance Lynn (31) celebrates with catcher Yadier Molina (4) after throwing a five hit complete game shutout against the New York Yankees at Busch Stadium. St. Louis defeated New York 6-0. Image Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Lance Lynn shuts out the New York Yankees

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Lance Lynn pitched his first complete game shutout as the St. Louis Cardinals won 6-0 over the New York Yankees on Tuesday night.

Lynn pitched a five-hit shutout, walking three and striking out two. In the 2:41 contest, Lynn threw 126 pitches–77 for strikes. The Tuesday game was the first time since pitching seven innings against the Milwaukee Brewers on April 14 in which the former Ole Miss pitcher did not allow a run. In shutting out the Yankees, Lynn now posts a 3.12 ERA, lowering it from 3.58 entering the game.

With the win, Lynn moves to 6-2 on the season, joining both teammates Adam Wainwright and Shelby Miller with six wins. The Cardinals are the first team this season that can claim three starting pitchers with six wins a piece.

The Cardinals saw home runs from both Allen Craig (5) and Matt Holliday (3). Both home runs were solo shots. Despite the fact that no players were on base for either home run, it’s nice to see the Cardinals hitting it out of the ballpark.

Matt Adams was the only other Cardinal to get an extra-base hit on the evening. The Pennsylvania native had a double to go along with two singles. It was Adams’ 15th double of the season. Adams joined Holliday with three-hit nights.

The Cardinals did a bulk of the damage in the third inning when the team plated four runs. Matt Carpenter got things started with a lead-off single. Carpenter advanced to third on Holliday’s single. Carpenter scored when Adams hit a ground rule-double.

With Holliday at third and Adams on second, Yankees pitcher David Phelps was not about to take a chance with catcher Yadier Molina. Phelps intentionally walked Molina to load the bases for Allen Craig. Craig immediately capitalized on this by driving in Holliday and loaded the bases once more when first baseman Kelly Johnson missed the catch from Derek Jeter by being pulled off the bag

Next up to bat was Jhonny Peralta. Just when the Yankees thought the damage was done, two more runs would cross the plate (Adams, Molina) as Peralta reached as a result of a fielding error by second baseman Brian Roberts.

Tuesday’s game was a much-needed victory after the Cardinals fell in extra innings on Monday. Moreover, by Lynn pitching a complete game, it allowed the bullpen to get some extra rest in advance of Wednesday’s series finale.

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