|St. Louis Cardinals’ Carlos Beltran (second from right) and Matt Holliday (right) are congratulated by teammates in the dugout after scoring on Beltran’s two-run home run in the fifth inning against the San Diego Padres on Wednesday. (AP-Yonhap News)|
ST. LOUIS (AP) ― When the first five San Diego Padres reached safely, it looked as if it’d be a long night for rookie Lance Lynn. The St. Louis Cardinals pitcher showed veteran presence after that.
Lynn came back with five scoreless innings after a three-run first Wednesday night and the Cardinals beat the San Diego Padres and former St. Louis postseason star Jeff Suppan 6-3 for a three-game sweep.
At 7-1, the 25-year-old right-hander is tied with the Phillies’ Cole Hamels for the major league victory lead.
“When you give it up, you can’t keep giving it up or it’s going to be a long night,” Lynn said. “You don’t have to change your approach, you just have to grind more, concentrate more, dig deep and make a pitch when it matters.”
Lynn entered the season with one career victory, and didn’t seem overly impressed with his total this year.
“We’ve got seven wins when I’m pitching,” he said. “That’s all that matters.”
Carlos Beltran hit his NL-leading 14th home run for the go-ahead runs, also his first homer in 10 days. Before missing four straight starts with a sore right knee, Beltran had homered six times in six games.
“You can’t expect that to happen every week, you know,” Beltran said. “I just hope that I can go out there and feel good at the plate and be able to contribute.
“Being able to hit home runs like that, it happens once or twice in a season.”
D-backs 11, Dodgers 4
White Sox 6, Twins 0
Astros 5, Cubs 1
Red Sox 6, Orioles 5
Rays 5, Blue Jays 4
Angels 3, Athletics 1
Mets 3, Pirates 1
Mariners 5, Rangers 3
Brewers 8, Giants 5
Indians 4, Tigers 2
Phillies 4, Nationals 1
Yankees 8, Royals 3
Reds 2, Braves 1
Rockies 8, Marlins 4