On Monday night, St. Louis Cardinals starter Lance Lynn continued his stretch of strong pitching performances and set himself up for yet another win after five innings of scoreless baseball. From there the Cardinals' bullpen ceded six runs to the Arizona Diamondbacks, but St. Louis scored nine runs of their own to make Lynn Major League Baseball's first six-win pitcher with a 9-6 victory on Monday. Lynn has been terrific for St. Louis this season -- he boasts a perfect 6-0 record and a sparkling 1.40 ERA -- but the offense has been the biggest X-factor in most games.
Once again, the bats came through for the Cards. Rafael Furcal started the game with a lead-off home run, and that kicked off a five-HR game for St. Louis, including bombs by Carlos Beltran, Matt Holliday, Allen Craig and David Freese. Even with Arizona's big six-run sixth inning St. Louis never trailed at any point in the game, thanks to solid work at the plate.
With the win, St. Louis improved to 18-11 on the year.
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