Lynn goes through pain to gain first win over Giants

Sun Aug 30, 2015 1:19am EDT
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(The Sports Xchange) - Lance Lynn went through the pain barrier to beat the Giants in a regular-season game for the first time on Saturday, shutting out San Francisco on six hits before spraining his right ankle in the eighth inning of a 6-0 victory for the St Louis Cardinals.

"It didn't feel good at the beginning," Lynn told reporters of the injury. "It doesn't feel great right now, either, but there's not a ton of swelling, I hear that's a good thing."

First baseman Brandon Moss ignited a four-run fifth inning with a leadoff triple and catcher Yadier Molina capped the uprising with a two-RBI single as the Cardinals evened their three-game series with the Giants after a 5-4 loss on Friday.

A sixth win in seven allowed St Louis (83-46) to stay well clear in the National League Central, while the loss dropped the Giants to 69-60.

"The Cardinals are a tough team," Giants right-hander Ryan Vogelsong said. "You have to be pretty close to perfect to beat them. I was just OK today."

Lynn compiled a 6.33 ERA while losing his first four career starts against San Francisco, including a 2-0 setback at the hands of Vogelsong when the clubs met earlier this month in St Louis.

But it was Lynn (11-8) who pitched the shutout this time around, allowing only two Giants to advance into scoring position in his seven-plus innings.

He walked two and struck out two.

"You have your teams that are nemeses," Lynn said of finally beating the Giants. "(The losing streak) was last year and the year before. This year it's not been the case."   Continued...

CA, USA; St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Lance Lynn (31) throws to the San Francisco Giants in the first inning of their MLB baseball game at AT&T Park. Lance Iversen-USA TODAY Sports