Allen Craig, Lance Lynn power St. Louis Cardinals past Atlanta Braves in 5-2 win


Allen Craig and Lance Lynn helped power the St. Louis Cardinals past the Atlanta Braves in a 5-2 win on Friday night.

Lynn took to the mound on Friday night for the Cardinals and pitched seven solid innings. The Indiana native allowed two runs on seven hits. He walked two batters and struck out three. Lynn now boasts a 5-2 record with a 3.67 ERA after picking up his first winning decision since April 19 against the Washington Nationals.

Carlos Martinez pitched the 8th inning, allowing one hit. Trevor Rosenthal struck out two batters in the ninth inning as he picked up his 12th save of the season.

Craig, who has had an awfully slow start to the 2014 season, entered Friday night with a .217 batting average. The right fielder ended the game with a .231 batting average, following a three-hit game and two runs scored. The important thing is that Craig is seeing the ball. He might not be hitting as many home runs as Cardinals fans would like him to but he’s making contact, which is the part that really counts.

Matt Carpenter, Kolten Wong, Yadier Molina, and Matt Adams all had two-hit games for the Cardinals. Matt Holliday and Jhonny Peralta also added hits.

With two doubles, Adams had 14 doubles on the season. Holliday hit his 11th double of the season, while adding a run and a run batted in. Carpenter and Wong scored one run a piece.

Holliday, Craig, Molina, and Adams all had an RBI on the night.