(BaseballStL) – The St Louis Cardinals got hits from seven of their hitters Friday night and a solid pitching performance from Lance Lynn who earned his fifth victory of the season against the Atlanta Braves.
It looked murky for Lynn in the second inning as he took a ball off of his left foot to begin the inning. However, Lynn went on to retire the next 16 out of 22 batters faced in his 7.0 innings pitched and allowed just 2 runs.
"He had a great day," Mike Matheny commented, "That ankle's pretty swollen right now."
"It was a good outing all the way around."
After being hit, he looked to be in discomfort, but that didn’t stop the 6’5” right-hander from his fifth victory in his fifth try this season.
"As he gets deeper into the game," Matheny explained, "I think he's maybe a little less jumpy. The further he went the better he got."
The Braves and Redbirds traded runs through the first four innings, tied 2-2 until the fifth inning when the Cards broke out with 3 more runs.
Matt Carpenter and Kolten Wong hit back-to-back singles when Matt Holliday drove a rope down the right field line, scoring Carpenter. Allen Craig, who had 3 consecutive hits going 3 for 4, drove in his 17th RBI of the season as the Redbirds lead 5-3.
But prior to that inning, both Peter Bourjos and Matheny were ejected from the game for what appeared to be an argument about balls and strikes. Bourjos struck out twice on borderline pitches.
Wong, in his first start since being recalled from Memphis, went 2 for 4 scoring 1 run and stealing a base, which makes 10 on the season.
"I think the guys just played a clean, solid game [Friday]," Matheny said after the game, "It starts with our pitching and Lance did a great job."
Cardinals and Braves face off for the second game of the series as Aaron Harang (4-3) faces Shelby Miller (5-2).