Game Log: Cards capitalize on stellar start from Lynn, win 1-0 -

Game Log: Cards capitalize on stellar start from Lynn, win 1-0

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By John Bailey By John Bailey

(BaseballStL) -- At 111 pitches through 8 innings, manager Mike Matheny opted to sit Lance Lynn down prior to the ninth inning, three outs shy of possibly his second career complete game shutout.

Lynn went 8.0 innings while fanning 8 batters and giving up just two hits. Trevor Rosenthal came in the relieve the starter and fanned two batters. He got a tailor made ground ball to second, but Kolten Wong booted the ball, giving the Nats a runner with two outs.

Rosenthal ended the game by striking out Anthony Rendon.

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After 5.1 innings of a perfect outing, Lance Lynn finally gave up his first hit to Jose Lobaton. 

It was a single right down the line into left, and Lobaton took second on a bobble by Holliday. The Cardinals starter closed out the inning without a score, and finished six inning with one hit, no walks and five strikeouts. 

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Apart from a big cut by Big City, offense was hard to come by Friday night through four innings. 

Both Lance Lynn and Jordan Zimmerman worked quikly, with the former holding the Nats without a hit. The Cardinals only have one beyond Matt Adams' homer; an Allen Craig single in the second. 

Lynn's pitch count through four was an economical 58 pitches, striking out two while not allowing a baserunner. 

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After missing 13 games for the Cardinals, Matt 'Big City' Adams returned in fine form Friday night.

After missing time with a left calf strain, he returned to St. Louis hitting sixth in the lineup against the Nationals. In his first at bat, Adams crushed the second pitch he saw 419 feet to right center to put the Cardinals up 1-0 early. 

Allen Craig had singled to begin the inning, but Yadier Molina grounded into a double play to make Adams' homer a solo one.

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