by Scott Bierman / BaseballStL
(BaseballStL) -- Yadier Molina and Carlos Beltran each belted a home run and the St. Louis Cardinals scored at least one run in five of the first six innings in a 7-1 victory over the Arizona Diamondback on Monday.
The offense began its rout early against Diamondbacks starter Trevor Cahill when Allen Craig hit a one-out RBI single in the first inning. Yadier Molina and David Freese would add back-to-back RBI singles in the third inning, followed by an RBI single from Carlos Beltran in the fourth inning to make it 4-0. Molina hit a solo home run in the fifth inning and Beltran smoked a 400-foot two-run blast over the right field wall in the sixth inning for a 7-1 lead.
The 1-through-6 batters finished a combined 13-for-24 with two home runs and seven RBI in the win.
As the offense was sharp for St. Louis, starter Lance Lynn was even better after allowing only one run in seven innings pitched. Lynn needed 41 pitches to get through the first two innings, but threw only a total of 64 through the next five innings.
“Lance was good,” Mike Matheny said. “He had some run support so that’s always a pretty good mix.”
The Diamondbacks scored their only run off Lynn on a ground out by Paul Goldschmidt in the sixth inning.
Lynn, who allowed five hits and one walk while striking out six others, was relieved in the eighth inning by Trevor Rosenthal, who worked around a leadoff double to secure the six-run lead. He wasn’t ready to leave the game though.
“He was mad at me for taking him out when I did,” Matheny said. “That’s good, I like it. He should be. He just wants to keep pitching and he’s got the ability to do that -- to pitch higher into his pitch count. It’s going to happen throughout this season, just not in a game like today.”
Lynn, who threw a total of 105 pitches, said the disappointment of being taken out is part of being a competitor.
“I would have liked to have kept going,” Lynn said “You never like coming out of a game.”
Edward Mujica followed Rosenthal to pitch a scoreless ninth inning, which gave Lynn win No. 8 and the team win No. 38 this season.