Lynn gets ninth win as Cardinals blank Brewers

Sat Aug 8, 2015 1:35am EDT
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(The Sports Xchange) - It would be hard to tell by his overall numbers, but much of this season has been a fight for Lance Lynn.

Be it a lack of run support or the fact he has pitched in so many close games, Lynn has had to grind his way through quite a few of his starts.

It was a fight for Lynn on Friday, but for a different reason.

Backed by a six-run fifth inning, Lynn battled fastball command to toss six scoreless innings to lead the St. Louis Cardinals to a 6-0 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park.

Lynn allowed six hits and walked four but repeatedly worked out of trouble to collect his ninth win of the season.

"He came up with a bunch of zeros, which is good," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said. "But it was not the kind of good that you've come to see with him. He fought with fastball command, but he got his big pitches when he had to."

It was St. Louis' 12th shutout of the season, as the Cardinals lowered their Major-League leading team ERA to 2.60.

The six runs marked the most St. Louis has scored in support of Lynn since May 12. Lynn entered Friday with the fourth-lowest average run support among National League starters at 2.82.

Making his second career start, and his first since being recalled from Triple-A Colorado Springs on Tuesday, Cravy was roughed up for six runs on eight hits over five innings.   Continued...

Aug 7, 2015; Milwaukee, WI, USA; St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Lance Lynn (31) pitches in the first inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports