Lance Lynn spotted the Houston Astros a run in each of the first and second innings
Thursday night. But the Cardinals rallied for three runs in the third and
Fanning a career-high 11 batters over six innings, the first-year starter raised his record to 9-2 in a 14-2 rout of the Astros. "The ball was jumping out of his hand," said manager Mike Matheny. "He was blowing his fastball by guys."
The Cardinals' first series win in their last four series was highlighted on the stat sheet by third baseman David Freese's two home runs, one his first career grand slam. They were good for six runs batted in and helped erase some of the sting of three more strikeouts for Freese for the second night in succession.
"I was having a tough night," he said. "This finished it off a little bit."
But the unsung hero of the win was center fielder Shane Robinson. In the third he worked a walk off left-hander J.A. Happ in a 12-pitch at-bat that seemed to wear down the Astros' starter. Robinson then added three hits, including his second homer of the season.
From a team that didn't score for 26 consecutive innings, mostly in New York, earlier in the trip, the Cardinals tallied 26 runs in the three games in Houston.
Shortstop Rafael Furcal, first baseman Allen Craig and Robinson all had three hits, and left fielder Matt Holliday and Freese had two apiece. "We needed a night where everybody participated in our offense," said Matheny.
The Cardinals won two straight games for the first time in two weeks. "Now we've got to keep putting the pedal down," said Matheny.
LHP Jaime Garcia was
placed on the 15-day disabled list with a left shoulder strain, and the club
recalled RHP Fernando Salas from Class AAA Memphis. Garcia (3-4), who earlier
had skipped a turn because of a sore elbow, lasted just two innings, giving up
six runs, at
RHP Brandon Dickson and
RHP Joe Kelly, both of whom are at Class AAA Memphis, are the candidates to take
LHP Jaime Garcia's turn Sunday against
RF Carlos Beltran hit his
first homer in 11 days, giving him 16 for the season. Manager Mike Matheny said
Beltran probably won't be playing center field anytime soon, as he did in
3B David Freese hit two late-inning home runs, including the first grand slam of his career and another homer off Houston OF Brian Bogusevic, the Astros' final pitcher. Freese raised his total to a career-high 12 homers. He had 10 last year.
By the Numbers:
4-6 - Cardinals' record on their longest trip, to date, of the season.
Quote to Note:
"It's real tough to get better when you're so injured."
- General manager John Mozeliak after LHP Jaime Garcia became the latest Cardinal to land on the disabled list.
2B-OF Skip Schumaker (strained right hamstring) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to May 31.
LHP Jaime Garcia (left shoulder strain) experienced discomfort in his left elbow after his May 26 start. An MRI showed no damage, and after missing a turn, he returned for his June 5 start. But he left after two innings because of shoulder pain and was placed on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to June 6. He was scheduled to be examined June 8.
CF Jon Jay (separated right shoulder) went on the 15-day disabled list May 15. He was told to not swing a bat for a week in early June.
INF Matt Carpenter (strained right oblique) went on the 15-day disabled list May 23.
1B Lance Berkman (torn meniscus in right knee) went on the 15-day disabled list May 20. He had arthroscopic surgery May 25, and no ACL damage was found. He might return in mid- to late July.
RHP Kyle McClellan (strained right ulnar collateral ligament) went on the 15-day disabled list May 18. He won't need surgery but likely will be sidelined at least late July.
RHP Scott Linebrink (right shoulder capsulitis) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 30. He felt tightness during an April 30 bullpen session, and he didn't appear close to a return.
RHP Chris Carpenter (weak right shoulder) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 26. He probably won't pitch until at least late July.
Link to boxscore: St. Louis 14 at Houston 2.