Game Log: Cards pick up 15th shutout, win 8-0

Game Log: Cards pick up 15th shutout, win 8-0

Game Log: Cards pick up 15th shutout, win 8-0

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by JJ Bailey / BaseballStL | @TheJJBailey

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Posted on June 23, 2014 at 8:29 PM

Updated Monday, Jun 23 at 10:26 PM

(BaseballStL) — Lance Lynn went eight innings without allowing a run, and handed the  ball to Randy Choate.

The lefty got the first two outs of the inning, then passed duties on to Jason Motte, who had the unfortunate task of facing Tulowitzki.

Motte didn't blink, striking out the big-swinging short stop with 98 mile per hour heat upstairs. The win was the Cardinals' 15th shutout of the season, tying their mark from 2013. 

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Matt Adams wasn't done. After shattering his bat on a foul ball one pitch earlier, the big lefty crushed his eighth homer of the season to right center. 

It was a towering shot, scoring three runs and giving him six RBIs for the game. 

Lance Lynn began the inning with a walk, and Matt Carpenter was hit by a pitch to put two on ahead of Adams. 

It was his first home run all season off a left-handed pitcher and gave the Cardinals a 8-0 lead. 

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Lynn dodged a spot of trouble in the sixth when he allowed back-to-back two-out singles. 

The hits brought up the league's hottest hitter in Troy Tulowitzki with a chance to take a big chunk out of the St. Louis lead. 

Lynn induced a pop up to right from the Rockies short stop, and ended the threat to preserve a 5-0 lead. 

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The night continued to slide for the Rockies in the fifth, when Matt Adams tacked on another run with his seventh homer of the year. 

The blast was his fourth in 11 games. 

Lance Lynn has set down 14 Rockies in a row through five innings, allowing only one hit in the first inning and walking none. 

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Chacin continues to beat himself, walking Jon Jay to begin the fourth inning. It was his third walk, and combined with his hitting of Mark Ellis, he's provided the Cardinals with four free runners. 

Jay would score all the way from first when Jhonny Peralta launched his 20th double of the year to the center field wall. 

Mark Ellis lined to left to follow, but Chacin tossed a wild pitch to move Peralta to third. 

Lance Lynn grounded to short with the infield in again, and Peralta was held at the bag by Troy Tulowitzki. Carpenter would ground to second to end the volley, but Lynn's one-hit performance received another insurance run. 

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After two full innings of scoreless baseball, the Cardinals began the third with their second runner of the day. 

Mark Ellis took a change up from Jhoulys Chacin off the rear end to begin the action, then Matt Carpenter coaxed a 3-2 walk, his second of the day. 

Matt Holliday stepped in feeling right at home in his old stomping grounds, hammering a ball off the right center wall to score Ellis. 

With men at second and third, Matt Adams poked a single up the middle to score both. The Rockies had brought the infield in, and the Cardinal first baseman had just enough on the ball to slip it past the defense for his 26th and 27th RBIs. 

When the smoke cleared and the inning ended, St. Louis had given starter Lance Lynn a 3-0 lead. 

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