Struggles continue for Lynn in loss to Angels -

Struggles continue for Lynn in loss to Angels

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By Scott Bierman By Scott Bierman

(BaseballStL) -- It was another alarming start for Lance Lynn on Tuesday.

Lynn failed to record a quality start (three runs or less allowed in six or more innings pitched) for   the fourth time in his last five starts after being tagged for five runs over six innings pitched.

All of the damage came in the second inning when Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim collected six of their nine total hits off Lynn. The Angels brought 10 batters to the plate in the five-run inning, which included four straight singles to start the second frame.

Mark Trumbo, Alberto Callaspo, Erick Aybar and J.B. Shuck each collected an RBI single in the inning to go along with a run scored on a force attempt on a ball hit by Mike Trout.

The only positive in the inning for Lynn may have come with the second strikeout of former Cardinal slugger Albert Pujols.

Pujols finished the game 0-for-3 with a walk.

Despite the rough inning, Lynn was able to give the Cardinals six innings which will allow the team to preserve its bullpen. Lynn threw a total of 109 pitches, including 69 for strikes, while allowing five earned runs on nine hits and a walk.

Big innings are nothing new for Lynn. He allowed a four-run fourth inning to the Houston Astros in his last start, a 4-3 loss, on June 26 and a four-run first inning in a 13-7 win over the Miami Marlins on June 15.

The rough start raised Lynn's ERA from 3.52 to 3.75.

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