St. Louis turns turn 4 double plays in 5-3 win over Arizona

PHOENIX (AP) Lance Lynn pitched six effective innings with the help of four double plays and Yadier Molina hit a two-run single in the seventh inning, lifting the St. Louis Cardinals to a 5-3 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday night.

Lynn (10-8) allowed two runs on nine hits and induced three straight inning-ending double plays, including with the bases loaded in the fourth and fifth. Trevor Rosenthal gave up a run-scoring single to David Peralta in the ninth inning before closing out his 39th save.

Matt Carpenter hit a solo homer off Jhoulys Chacin (0-1) and the Cardinals broke open a tie game with a three-run seventh inning. The Cardinals, who have the best record in baseball, have won 10 of their last 11 games against Arizona.

Arizona's Wellington Castillo hit a solo homer, but flew out with the bases loaded to end the seventh. The Diamondbacks had 14 hits, but left 11 runners on base to end a four-game winning streak.

Lynn allowed two hits in 6 2-3 innings his last start, but the Cardinals had two hits in a 2-0 loss to San Francisco.

He gave up the homer to Castillo in the second inning and a run-scoring double to Aaron Hill that tied the game at 2-all in the sixth.

The double plays kept the Diamondbacks from doing any more damage against Lynn. The St. Louis right-hander ended the third inning with a double play, then got Hill and Paul Goldschmidt to do the same with the bases loaded in the fourth and fifth.

The Diamondbacks signed Chacin as a free agent in June and he went 5-3 with a 3.39 ERA in 12 starts at Triple-A Reno.

Arizona purchased his contract so he could start Monday night's game and the right-hander was solid in his first start in more than a year. Carpenter ended a 0-for-21 slide with a solo homer in the third inning and Chacin gave up an unearned run on a fielder's choice in the sixth after an error by left fielder David Peralta.

Chacin was lifted with one out in the seventh inning after Greg Garcia singled and took third on a heads-up play on a sacrifice bunt. Pham hit a run-scoring single off Daniel Hudson - charged to Chacin - and Molina made it 5-2 with a two-run single punched into right field.

Chacin allowed three runs -two earned - on six hits.


Cardinals: 1B Matt Adams, who is coming back from quadriceps surgery, could begin playing in rehab games as early as next week. ... OF Matt Holliday has started hitting and throwing, but is still limited running after suffering a second quadriceps strain.


Cardinals: LHP Jaime Garcia, Tuesday's starter against Arizona, is 4-0 with a 2.78 ERA in four career starts against the Diamondbacks.

Diamondbacks: LHP Robbie Ray got an extra day's rest between starts heading in Tuesday's game against the Cardinals after the Diamondbacks brought up Chacin to pitch Monday. Ray has not won since July 7 at Texas.