Lance Lynn eliminated the notorious "One Bad Inning" that has plagued his previous starts Tuesday and hurled his first complete game shutout Tuesday against the New York Yankees.
He scattered five hits over his nine frames. He flirted with danger only once, walking two of the three batters to whom he issued free passes in the fourth inning just after he was spotted a 4-0 lead by the St. Louis Cardinals offense -- and the New York defense.
Based on past evidence it was reasonable to believe that Lynn could come unraveled and give much, if not all of his advantage back. But this time he retained his composure and got a 4-6-3 ground ball to bail himself out of trouble.
After that, Lynn cruised. He remained focused and methodical throughout the game and then gamely returned to pitch the ninth inning even though his pitch count stood at 115 after eight frames.
The performance was a welcome relief for the Cardinals bullpen which was used heavily Monday in an extra innings game.
As refreshing as Lynn's performance was, he wasn't the only St. Louis player who had a big night.
The power-starved Cardinals offense flexed it muscles with home runs by Allen Craig and Matt Holliday. Holliday and Matt Adams each had three hits while Craig had a pair, both of them to the right side of the field.
Second baseman Kolten Wong was 0-for-4 at the plate. But he contributed heavily with his glove. Wong started a bold double play and made a huge catch down the right field line to help his team win.
Cardinals Star of the Game: Lynn
Cardinals Play of the Game: Wong's catch
Lowlight: The struggle to get any offense out of the centerfield spot continues as Jon Jay was hitless in four at-bats.