Lance Lynn pitched six scoreless innings and Matt Holliday had four RBIs, including a three-run homer, to lead the St. Louis Cardinals past the Cleveland Indians 8-3 on Tuesday night.
Lynn (2-3) held Cleveland to four hits and struck out nine. He received plenty of help from his offense, which scored all of its runs with two outs.
Holliday, who has reached base safely in each of his 30 games, had an RBI single in the fifth inning and put the game away in the eighth with his three-run blast off Scott Atchison.
Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter, returning after missing three games because of fatigue, was 2 for 5, including an RBI single
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Carlos Carrasco (4-3) allowed four runs in 6 2-3 innings as the Indians failed again to win consecutive games. Cleveland has won two straight once, the second and third games of the season.
The Indians, trailing 4-0, scored three times in the seventh. Run-scoring doubles by Jason Kipnis, Michael Brantley and pinch-hitter Ryan Raburn got Cleveland back in the game, but St. Louis scored four runs in the eighth.
The Cardinals, who dropped the last two of a weekend series in Pittsburgh, avoided their first three-game losing streak of the season.
Mark Reynolds, who had three hits, put the Cardinals on top with a two-run single in the second.
Lynn was struck on the right hand by David Murphy’s hard grounder to the mound in the second, but he remained in the game.
Cardinals: OF Jon Jay (sore thumb) didn’t start for the second straight game, but was available to pinch-hit.
Indians: C Yan Gomes (sprained right knee) did work out of the crouch, threw and ran the bases Tuesday.
Cardinals: RHP John Lackey is coming off his best start of the season against the Cubs on May 7. He struck out a season-high 10 and allowed one run in 7 2-3 innings.
Indians: RHP Corey Kluber is 0-5 with a 5.04 ERA in seven starts after winning the AL Cy Young Award last season. He has allowed 38 hits in 23 innings and has a 7.43 ERA in his last four starts.