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Tuesday, April 9, 2013

St. Louis vs Cincinnati: Lance Lynn and Matt Adams lead Cardinals over Reds

St. Louis Cardinals starter Lance Lynn is much skinnier this year, but he still carries with him a heavy, mid-nineties fastball. Lynn dished out a heavy dosage of those fastballs on Tuesday night, striking out 10 Reds' hitters in six innings to pick up the victory in the Cardinals 5-1 win over Cincinnati.

Lynn was excellent on Tuesday night. He pounded the strike zone with is fastball and commanded the game. Yet, despite Lynn's dominance, he trailed 1-0 after he threw his last pitch in the top of the sixth inning.

Then, in the bottom of the sixth, after a Daniel Descalso double, pinch-hitter Matt Adams corked a 453 foot bomb to right field to give the Cardinals a 2-1 lead and Lynn the victory.

Allen Craig followed with a RBI groundout and Carlos Beltran picked up an RBI of his own in the sixth inning, plating Matt Carpenter before Matt Holliday was thrown out at the plate by Cincinnati Reds' center fielder Shin Soo Choo.

While Lynn was good, the Cardinals maligned bullpen was solid too and did not allow a run in three innings of work on Tuesday night.

Manager Mike Matheny used Edward Mujica in the seventh before bringing back Trevor Rosenthal and Mitchel Boggs to pitch the eighth and ninth innings respectively. Both relievers were roughed up by the Reds the day before.

Carpenter led the Cardinals with two hits and two runs scored on the night while getting the start at third base. Shortstop Pete Kozma was also 1-for-3 to push his average to .300.