The St. Louis Cardinals put together their most complete game of the year Monday to end the nine-game winning streak of the Milwaukee Brewers.
Starting pitcher Lance Lynn, who was off to a shaky start this season, roughed up a pretty stout Milwaukee line-up with three hits allowed, three free passes issued and 11 strikeouts en route to a 4-0 win.
Meanwhile, the St. Louis offense pounded out 11 hits including a solo home run in the second inning by Jhonny Peralta to give the Cardinals a lead they would never surrender.
The game was broken open in the sixth, an inning during which it seemed like the Cardinals would waste a golden opportunity. Matt Holliday lined a single to left and then Matt Adams stroked an opposite field double to left. Instead of men on second and third with no outs, Holliday tried to score on Adams' hit and was thrown out at the plate. On a grounder to the right side of the infield, Adams tried to move up to third base and was nailed for the second out.
With two down Peralta singled to put two men on base and then Jon Jay launched a two-strike, three-run homer to salvage the promising inning and put St. Louis ahead 4-0.
Adams was 3-for-4 at the plate to raise his season average to .360 although he didn't factor into the scoring. Peralta's two hits have pushed his batting average up to. 150 when it was .063 a couple of days ago. Reserve catcher Tony Cruz had also two hits. Struggling slugger Allen Craig had one hit in four trips to the plate to raise his average to .133.
As much fun as it was the watch the St. Louis bats come to life, it might have been even better to see Ryan Braun be completely shut down Monday night. Braun hit into a double play, had a couple of strikeouts and popped up in four at-bats against Cardinals pitching.
Carlos Martinez hurled a pair of extremely efficient innings to complete the shut out
The victory not only ended the Brewers home streak, it extended the Birds longest winning streak of the season to three games.
Cardinals Star of the Game: Lance Lynn
Cardinals Play of the Game: Jon Jay's three-run homer
Lowlight: Umpire Bob Davidson who called Matt Carpenter out on a pitch six inches off the plate and then ejected him when Carpenter allegedly said "that's terrible" as he headed for the bench.