ST. LOUIS — Matt Adams ripped a go-ahead two-run homer as a pinch-hitter in the sixth inning and Lance Lynn struck out 10 batters in six innings Tuesday night to lead the St. Louis Cardinals past Cincinnati at Busch Stadium.
How it went
Bronson Arroyo (1-1) retired the first 15 Cardinals he faced and Brandon Phillips had a fourth-inning sacrifice fly to put the Reds ahead 1-0. But Daniel Descalso led off the sixth with a double and went to third on Pete Kozma's grounder to second before Adams teed off on a 1-1 pitch from Arroyo, driving it into the Cardinals' bullpen to make it 2-1. St. Louis added two more runs in the inning against Arroyo on Allen Craig's infield out and Carlos Beltran's RBI single in support of Lynn (1-0).
By the numbers
Adams' homer was the Cardinals' first by a pinch-hitter this season; they hit only one all of last season. ... St. Louis scored its other run in the eighth when Manny Parra's wild pitch plated Matt Carpenter, who led off the inning with a single and went to third on Matt Holliday's double. ... Carpenter had two hits for the Cardinals. ... Lynn allowed one run on four hits in six innings, striking out two in each of the first five inning. ... Mitchell Boggs, who recorded just one out and allowed seven runs in the ninth inning Monday, worked the ninth in a non-save situation and set down the Reds in order, including a strikeout of Phillips.