Final

Series: Game 1 of 3

St. Louis leads 1-0 (as of 5/7)

Game 1: Monday, May 7
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Arizona6
Game 2: Tuesday, May 8
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Arizona1
Game 3: Wednesday, May 9
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Arizona2

Cardinals 9

(18-11, 10-7 away)

Diamondbacks 6

(14-16, 6-8 home)

Coverage:  FSAZ

9:40 PM ET, May 7, 2012

Chase Field, Phoenix, Arizona 

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W: L. Lynn (6-0)

L: J. Saunders (2-2)

S: J. Motte (5)

Lance Lynn improves to 6-0 as homer-happy Cards down D-backs

Associated Press

PHOENIX -- Lance Lynn wasn't at his best Monday night -- just good enough for five scoreless innings and another victory.

The big, young St. Louis right-hander gave up three hits to become the majors' first six-game winner, and the Cardinals held on for a 9-6 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Rafael Furcal hit the 30th leadoff home run of his career for St. Louis, the first of five homers for the Cardinals on the night. Carlos Beltran and Matt Holliday hit consecutive homers to open the third off Joe Saunders (2-2). Allen Craig and David Freese homered to start the seventh after Arizona had scored six times in the sixth to cut the lead to 7-6.

"It was nice for them to come out swinging the bats right from the top, a pretty good display of some power," manager Mike Matheney said. "Then obviously the ones we got later were a lot more valuable than what we thought they would be."

Lynn (6-0), the first St. Louis pitcher to start the season with six wins since Bob Tewksbury in 1994, left with a 7-0 lead. Cody Ransom hit a two-run homer in the Diamondbacks' rally.

"We're winning games while I'm on the mound," Lynn said. "That's all that matters."

Jason Motte gave up a pair of singles in the ninth but no runs for his fifth save in six tries.

Lynn struck out seven and walked four. The 6-foot-5, 250-pound 24-year-old has allowed six earned runs in six starts. It was his shortest outing of the season, and he acknowledged he had problems with his command.

"Tonight was a struggle," Lynn said. "You know you're not going to have your best stuff every time out. Tonight I was able to battle through it."

Saunders, who entered the game with a 1.24 ERA, allowed seven runs, six earned, on nine hits in 3 1/3 innings.

"I just didn't have it," he said, "plain and simple."

The Diamondbacks, back from a 5-5 road trip, have lost three in a row and five of six. They have dropped eight of their past 10 at home.

"We haven't played the way we're capable of recently," manager Kirk Gibson said. "If we're going to beat this team we're going to have to play a lot better."

Furcal put St. Louis ahead to stay with a leadoff shot an estimated 441 feet onto the porch in left-center, just above the 413-foot sign. After two outs, Allen Craig singled, then scored on Freese's double into the left field corner. The Cardinals made it 3-0 when Yadier Molina singled to right field. Justin Upton's throw to the plate was high and Freese slid under catcher Miguel Montero's tag.

Beltran's eighth home run, leading off the third, followed by Holliday's sixth homer of the season, put the Cardinals up 5-0.

They made it 7-0, with help of an unearned run, in the fourth. Tyler Green singled, then Montero threw the ball away on Lynn's sacrifice bunt try. Furcal followed with an RBI single, then Holliday walked to load the bases. Reliever Brad Ziegler walked home the seventh run on four pitches.

Arizona broke through against reliever J.C. Romero, who faced five batters without an out in the sixth inning. Montero led off with a single, then Ransom hit his fourth home run of the season, a 452-foot shot into the left field seats. Lyle Overbay walked and Aaron Hill singled, then both scored on Ryan Roberts' double. A.J. Pollack reached on an infield single, then Gerardo Parra's bunt brought Roberts home to make it 7-5 with no outs.

Fernando Salas relieved Romero and retired the next two batters, but Montero's RBI singled up the middle cut the lead to 7-6.

Reliever Bryan Shaw gave up home runs to Craig and Freese to start the seventh as St. Louis stretched it to a three-run game.

Game notes


St. Louis batters have hit consecutive home runs four times this season. ... The Cardinals' Lance Berkman, on the DL with a left calf strain, says he expects to be activated on Friday. ... The Diamondbacks were without first base coach Eric Young because of the death of his father. Bullpen coach Glen Sherlock filled in at first base. ... Upton batted second in the lineup for the first time since Sept. 14, 2010. He was 0 for 3 with two strikeouts before being lifted in a double switch after the fifth. ... The Cardinals have scored in the first inning in each of their last seven games. ... The Diamondbacks send ace Ian Kennedy (3-1, 3.23) to the mound Tuesday night against the Cardinals' Jake Westbrook (3-2, 2.12). ... Arizona's franchise record for coming from behind to win is six runs, accomplished six times. ... The final seconds of the Phoenix Coyotes' series-clinching NHL playoff victory over Nashville were shown on the Chase Field big screen.

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Game Information

StadiumChase Field, Phoenix, AZ
Attendance26,447 (54.4% full) - % is based on regular season capacity
Game Time3:24
Weather88 degrees, clear
Wind12 mph
UmpiresHome Plate - Paul Schrieber, First Base - Tim Welke, Second Base - Laz Diaz, Third Base - Mike Everitt

Research Notes

The Cardinals hit five home runs at Chase Field Monday against the Diamondbacks, with an average distance of 434.4 feet. Entering Monday's game the Cardinals' 32 home runs had an average distance of 392.5 feet and the longest home run hit by a Cardinals player this season had a true distance of 429 feet (Yadier Molina, Apr 9). On Monday four of the Cardinals' five home runs had true distances of at least 430 feet. Allen Craig and David Freese each hit the longest home runs of their careers and Rafael Furcal hit his longest home run since the start of the 2006 season.
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