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Lynn hopes for some run support vs. Brewers

(SportsNetwork.com) - Lance Lynn hopes for some run support on Wednesday when the St. Louis Cardinals continue a three-game series with the Milwaukee Brewers at Busch Stadium.

Lynn was cruising in his season debut last Wednesday in Chicago, but after throwing six scoreless innings, he allowed two runs to score in the seventh and exited the frame without recording an out. Still, one of the runs he surrendered was unearned and he only gave up two hits, while striking out nine.

The Cards, though, failed to push any runs across and Lynn endured just the second April loss of his career.

Lynn's 12 April wins since 2012 are the most in the majors.

Run support may again be an issue in this one, as St. Louis went 2-for-13 with runners in scoring position in Monday's 5-4 loss. The Cardinals stranded 13 runners in the setback and through six games, only Boston (60), Detroit (55) and Kansas City (52) left more runners on base than their 50.

"We've had that a few games now," St. Louis manager Mike Matheny said. "It's early in the season, so I see it turning, but right now we're just kind of fighting to make something happen."

Carlos Gomez had two hits, including an RBI double, to send Adam Wainwright (1-1) to his first loss of the season. Matt Garza (1-1), meanwhile, picked up the win despite giving up two runs -- one earned -- on six hits and five walks in 5 2/3 innings.

"I felt a little out of whack and had to keep making pitches," Garza said. "I'm not proud of five walks, but anyway you can get it done."

Heading to the hill for the Brewers on Wednesday will be righty Wily Peralta, who did not get a decision against Colorado his first time out. Peralta, though, pitched well enough to get the win, as he surrendered a pair of runs and seven hits in seven innings of his team's 5-4 loss.

Peralta went 3-1 against the Cards last season with a 2.18 ERA in five starts.

St. Louis won 12 of its 19 meetings with the Brewers last season.

As has been tradition each April 15 since 2009, Major League Baseball will celebrate Jackie Robinson Day with all players and on-field personnel wearing No. 42 during that day's games, including the Civil Rights Game at Dodger Stadium.