The crowd that thinks St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Lance Lynn wins so many games purely because of luck had a point Friday night.
Lynn tossed a gem -- but then needed an intervention from the fates to escape with a victory after closer Trevor Rosenthal did everything he could to cough up a three-run lead in the ninth inning.
Rosenthal allowed three hits and a walk to score two Miami Marlins and put the tying run at third base with one out before his defense turned a nifty double play to pull the game out of the fire and help Lynn improve to 9-6 on the season.
Lynn threw 6 2/3 scoreless innings in which he scattered five hits and three walks while striking out six. He traded zeros on the scoreboard with Marlins starter Nathan Eovaldi until the sixth inning when the Redbirds scored all their runs.
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Matt Carpenter led off and hit what appeared to be a go-ahead home run. But the play was reviewed at it was determined that that the ball hit off the top of the wall and bounced back for a double. Matt Holliday hit a line drive to left field. But the ball was hit so hard that Carpenter didn't have time to score. With runners on first and third with no outs Matt Adams, who has had no luck driving in runs despite his high average, popped out. But the Birds caught a break when Eovaldi threw a wild pitch to plate Carpenter from third.
Holliday moved to second on the play and then to third when Jhonny Peralta flew out to centerfield. Yadier Molina, who collected two hits in two at-bats and also walked in the game, doubled home Holliday and then scored when Miami rightfielder Giancarlo Stanton was unable to catch an Oscar Taveras fly ball that was scored a double.
The win pulled the Cardinals to within four games of the Milwaukee Brewers who lost their fourth game in a row. The Birds are 1/2 a game behind the San Francisco Giants who lost to the San Diego Padres for their third-consecutive defeat.
Cardinals Star of the Game: Lynn
Cardinals Play of the Game: The game-ending double play with the tying run on third base.
Lowlight: Rosenthal was as shaky as can be after a pretty good stretch closing out games. Hopefully it was just one bad night and he can put it behind him.