Lance Lynn carried the Cardinals on his broad shoulders Wednesday night, throwing 7 1/3 wonderful innings of a 1-0 victory over the White Sox.
Lynn struck out 12 while allowing only three hits and a walk during his stay on the mound. His best moment came in the top of the fifth when Chicago got a lead-off "triple" from Alex Rios when centerfielder Shane Robinson missed not one -- but two -- cutoff men to allow Rios an extra base.
With the tying run 90 feet away from the plate, Lynn knuckled down and struck out the side to preserve the lead.
The only St. Louis run came on a Carlos Beltran homer in the third inning off White Sox starter Jake Peavy. The Birds totaled only four hits in the game and they were forced to go to shaky relievers Marc Rzepcznski and Jason Motte with little margin for error.
Rzepczynski came in with a runner on and one out in the eighth to face Adam Dunn who hit a towering home run against him the day before. Rzepczynski got Dunn to hit a grounder up the middle and second baseman Daniel Descalso made an excellent play to his right to not only get the lead runner at second but leave enough time for shortstop Rafael Furcal to complete the double play before the sloth-like Dunn could reach first base.
Motte gave up a tough luck hit to Alejandro De Aza that Furcal couldn't handle to start the ninth and then found himself in a jam. After a bunt that send De Aza to second, Dayan Viciedo hit a ball to Furcal's right that he was able to stop to prevent the run from scoring. But he couldn't make a play at first, so runners were at first and second with no out.
With the tying run a sacrifice fly away, Motte got Paul Konerko to ground into a 5-4-3 double play to end the threat and the game.
Cardinals Star of the Game: Lynn
Cardinals Play of the Game: Descalso's double play
Lowlight: Furcal's hitless streak extended to 19 at bats.