Lance Lynn pitches six scoreless innings as Cardinals beat Rockies

Thursday, July 5, 2012 | 10:59 p.m. CDT
Cardinals' Matt Holliday (7) scores as Colorado Rockies catcher Wilin Rosario applies the late tag after a hit by Allen Craig in the fifth inning of a game Thursday in St. Louis.

ST. LOUIS — Rookie right-hander Lance Lynn tossed six shutout innings and Matt Holliday and Carlos Beltran drove in a pair of runs apiece, leading the St. Louis Cardinals to a 6-2 win over the Colorado Rockies on Thursday.

St. Louis has won four of its past five and 11 of 14 against Colorado. The Rockies have lost four of five. Colorado has scored 13 runs in its past six games.

Lynn (11-4) bounced back with a strong effort following three successive poor outings. The All-Star surrendered four hits and struck out seven in winning for the first time since June 13.

Lynn, who got off to a 10-2 start this season, was 0-2 with a 9.98 ERA in his three previous starts.

He returned to his aggressive early-season form on Thursday retiring 10 successive batters from the second to fifth innings. Lynn walked two of the first three batters but did not issue a walk the rest of the way.

Holliday went 1-for-4 with a run-scoring groundout in the first and a bases-loaded single in the fifth off Colorado starter Christian Friedrich (4-6), who gave up six earned runs in 4 1/3 innings.

Holliday is 34-for-68 with four home runs and 21 RBI in his past 18 games.

St. Louis scored five runs in the fifth inning to take a 6-0 lead. Jon Jay drew a bases-loaded walk and Holliday followed with a single to push the lead to 3-0. Beltran added a two-run, bases-loaded double off the base of the center-field wall. Holliday came in to score the final run of the inning sliding under tag of catcher Wilin Rosario on a grounder by Allen Craig.

Tyler Colvin hit a two-run home run in the eighth off reliever Victor Marte to bring the Rockies to within 6-2. Colvin had three home runs in the four-game series.

St. Louis closer Jason Motte came on with two on and two out in the ninth and retired Carlos Gonzalez on a grounder for his 19th save in 23 opportunities.

Gonzales had a 12-game hitting streak snapped with an 0-for-4 performance.

St. Louis reliever Barret Browning pitched a perfect seventh and has set down all 12 batters he has faced in three outings this season.

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