Unheralded Lynn shines as Cardinals outplay Padres 4-2

August 17, 2014 - 12:00:00 am
St. Louis Cardinals’ starting pitcher Lance Lynn delivers a pitch to the San Diego Padres in the first inning at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, yesterday.


NEW YORK: Unheralded Lance Lynn continues to pile up the innings and wins for St. Louis which defeated Padres 4-2.

Lynn worked six solid innings as the Cardinals solidified their grip on the first wild card spot in the National League with the victory over San Diego at Busch Stadium. Lynn (13-8) scattered six hits.

Meanwhile, James Paxton remained unbeaten as a starter with six strong innings as Seattle stretched their winning streak to five games.

Paxton (3-0) allowed one run and five hits and struck out two for the victory. The left-hander is 6-0 in nine career starts. Three relievers finished up for Seattle.

Robinson Cano hit a solo home run and scored twice for the Mariners, who have won nine of 10. The first five Mariners reached in the second inning when they scored the first three runs of the game.

Tampa Bay completed their long climb back to .500 with their shutout of New York at Tropicana Field.

With the win, the Rays moved to 61-61 and became the fourth team in major league history to reach the .500 mark after being 18 games below it.

Right-hander Alex Cobb struck out eight batters over 7 1/3 scoreless innings. Cobb (8-6, 3.19 ERA) has allowed two runs or fewer in seven straight starts, tying a franchise record. Reliever Brad Boxberger entered in the eighth, gave up a single to Derek Jeter that loaded the bases then struck out Jacoby Ellsbury and Mark Teixeira to help preserve the shutout.

Mike Aviles’ home run leading off the bottom of the 11th inning gave Cleveland the victory over visiting Baltimore.

The win went to right-hander Scott Atchison (6-0), who pitched two scoreless innings. Houston did something they had never done before.

The Astros won a game at Fenway Park.

Houston, which tied the score on a bizarre baserunning play in the eighth inning, got a pop-fly, two-run double by rookie Jake Marisnick in the 10th inning to pull out the victory over Boston. The win came in the ninth game at Fenway for the Astros, who were in the National League until last season.

Right-hander Trevor Cahill (3-8) allowed two runs in 6 2/3 innings to earn his second victory in the past week. Cahill was helped by 2 1/3 innings of scoreless relief pitching.

Atlanta slugged four homers in a game for the second time in eight days, opening an interleague series against Oakland with a victory.

Rookie shortstop Phil Gosselin connected against reliever Jesse Chavez in the sixth inning for his first homer in the majors.