(BaseballStL) — Lynn would close out the contest, turning in his first complete game and shutout in 126 pitches, striking out two while allowing five hits
Where Craig's fifth-inning shot was tipped off the glove of Alfonso Soriano, Matt Holliday's in the seventh was a no-doubter. The big-swinging left fielder took a 2-2 fastball out to center field, giving the Cardinals a six-run advantage and setting up Lynn for his first eight inning outing of the season.
Lynn continued to move steadily through the Yankees lineup into the fifth, navigating around two walks in the top half of the fourth to keep them scoreless. In the fifth he survived a one-out double when Kolten Wong made his fourth tremendous play of the night, divng into foul territory to catch a pop up to end the inning.
In the fifth, Craig continued to show his resurgence, working an eight-pitch at bat culminating in a home run. The Cardinal right fielder took three balls and fouled off three others to stay alive before eeking out a shot to right.
The ball cleared the wall by inches, but it was enough to pad the Cardinal lead.
While Lance Lynn held the Yankees in check through three, the Cardinal offense leaned and lurched, threatening twice before finally connecting.
After a walk and a single in the first, and a single and a shot off Yankee starter David Phelps in the second, the St. Louis finally broke the tie in the third.
Matt Carpenter began the action with a shot into left to beat the shift, then moved around to third on Matt Holliday’s single to center field. Kolten Wong had popped a bunt up to the pitcher prior to Holliday’s swing for the first out. Whether the idea was his or his manager’s it was a rather unproductive use of his out.
Matt Adams drove home his 17th run with a ground rule double into right center, and the Yankees loaded the bags on an intentional walk to Yadier Molina.
Allen Craig shattered his bat on a ball on a grounder to Derek Jeter, but his throw sailed wide and Kelly Johnson dropped the ball on the attempted tag, allowing Holliday to score.
Jhonny Peralta then slapped a ball at second baseman Brian Roberts, who misread it badly. The ball went under his mitt into the outfield, scoring two more runs.
After the dust settled, the Cardinals led 4-0 on two earned runs and a pair of free ones.