Lance Lynn, St. Louis Cardinals power over Cincinnati Reds in 7-3 win


Lance Lynn and the St. Louis Cardinals easily defeated the Cincinnati Reds 7-3 on Wednesday night.

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The game was delayed by rain for 58 minutes but that did not stop the Cardinals offense from continuing in the late innings.

Lance Lynn had another solid start for the Cardinals and moves to 14-8 on the season. He pitched seven solid innings. The Indiana native allowed four hits, two walks, and struck out five. It was the first game since facing the Miami Marlins on July 4th in which Lynn did not allow a run. Lynn now boasts a 2.78 ERA.

Jon Jay took advantage of hitting second in the batting order with Kolten Wong getting the day off. Jay, who played all three outfield positions, had a 3-for-4 day at the plate, adding two runs and an RBI. It was the fifth multi-hit game of his hitting streak, which has extended to twelve games. With Matt Adams not getting a hit, Jay has passed him up for the team lead with a .313 batting average.

Matt Carpenter, Matt Holliday, Jhonny Peralta, Daniel Descalso, and Peter Bourjos all added doubles on the night.

Holliday doubled in the third inning and knocked in Jay to give the Cardinals a 1-0 lead.

Peralta’s double came in the bottom of the fifth inning with bases loaded. With one swing to right field, Peralta drove in Jay, Holliday, and Adams.

With bases loaded in the sixth inning, Matt Carpenter flied out on a sac fly to center but Oscar Taveras tagged up and scored to extend the Cards lead to 5-0 over the Reds. Interestingly enough, Taveras would not have advanced to third had it not been for Descalso’s double.

In the bottom of the eighth inning, after the game had resumed, Bourjos doubled and drove in Descalso. He advanced to third on a throwing error. Jay singled and drove Bourjos in for the seventh and final Cardinals run of the night.

From a bullpen standpoint, Trevor Rosenthal didn’t struggle tonight in as much as he was inserted late in the game as Carlos Martinez struggled with his control. Martinez allowed three runs (two earned) on four hits. He struck out a batter. Rosenthal only allowed a walk as he earned his 37th save of the season.