As Lynn goes for a 10th straight win, Holliday looks to continue pounding the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday when the St. Louis Cardinals try to take this three-game series.
Holliday is hitting .370 over the past seven games, increasing his season average 43 points to .276.
The left fielder hit a two-run homer to power Tuesday's 2-1 win over Cincinnati and help end the Cardinals' three-game losing streak, which included a defeat by the same score in the series opener Monday.
"The guy is a beast," Reds starter Bronson Arroyo said after Holliday's third homer of the season doomed him to a loss. "He's solid and he swings the bat about as hard as anyone in the game. There's only a handful of guys that hit the ball with such a low trajectory and get it out."
Holliday is batting .400 with 12 RBIs during a 14-game hitting streak against the Reds. He's 12 for 27 with three doubles, a triple and two homers against Homer Bailey , Cincinnati's scheduled starter.
The Cardinals (15-11) may also feel confident with Lynn (4-0, 3.10 ERA) taking the mound.
The right-hander is 9-0 with a 2.63 ERA in 10 regular-season games - nine starts - dating to a loss in relief to Milwaukee on Sept. 7. That stretch includes winning all five home starts behind a 2.10 ERA, including a 5-1 victory over the Reds (15-13) on April 9 as he struck out 10 in six innings.
He's vying to become the first Cardinal to win 10 straight regular-season decisions since Chris Carpenter 's 11 in a row July 5-Sept. 7, 2009.
Lynn has been particularly dominant in his last two starts, yielding one run and three hits over 14 innings while striking out 17.
"I thought I had a pretty good season last year," said Lynn, who had 18 wins and was an All-Star in 2012. "I was just trying to build off of that. That's where we're at; just trying to improve every time out. I'm doing that thus far."
He'll have to contend with a hot-hitting Brandon Phillips , who is 7 for 16 with three RBIs in four games. The second baseman has a .361 average over his past 15 meetings with St. Louis, while going 2 for 5 versus Lynn.
Bailey (1-2, 2.81) is taking the mound in search of his first win at St. Louis.
The right-hander is 0-4 with a 6.93 ERA in six starts there, getting battered in the most recent April 10. He surrendered seven runs and nine hits - three homers - in five innings of a 10-0 loss.
Bailey has since been terrific in three starts, compiling a 1.29 ERA with 24 strikeouts in 21 innings. However, he has an 0-1 record to show for it because he's been backed by a mere two runs.
The bats let him down again in Friday's 1-0 road loss to the Nationals, as he yielded one run in seven innings opposite Jordan Zimmermann 's one-hitter.
Carlos Beltran homered off Bailey earlier this month and is coming off a three-hit effort Tuesday, giving him a .386 average in his last 12 games.
|April 27, 2013||Chris Heisey||15-Day DL||Strained right hamstring|
|April 27, 2013||Chris Heisey||Day-to-Day||Left game - strained hamstring|
|April 24, 2013||Manny Parra||15-Day DL||Strained left pectoral muscle|
|April 22, 2013||Jonathan Broxton||Day-to-Day||Bruised right hand|
|April 20, 2013||Zack Cozart||Day-to-Day||Left game - bruised right hand|
|April 20, 2013||Ryan Hanigan||15-Day DL||Strained left oblique|
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|April 22, 2013||Matt Adams||15-Day DL||Right oblique strain|
|March 24, 2013||Rafael Furcal||15-Day DL||Right elbow surgery - out for season|
|March 23, 2013||David Freese||15-Day DL||Strained lower back|
|March 23, 2013||David Freese||15-Day DL||Strained lower back|
|March 22, 2013||Jason Motte||15-Day DL||Strained right elbow|
|March 07, 2013||Rafael Furcal||Day-to-Day||Right elbow surgery - out for season|
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Fast starts are becoming routine for Lance Lynn and the St. Louis Cardinals.
Lynn won his 10th straight decision, allowing one run and five hits in seven innings Wednesday to lead the Cardinals over the Cincinnati Reds 4-2.
Lynn (5-0) struck out five and walked two, improving to 10-0 in 10 starts and one relief appearance since losing to Milwaukee on Sept. 7. He became the NL's first five-game winner.
"It's early - but it's fun so far," Lynn said.
He was 6-0 with a 1.48 ERA through May 7 last season, then went 12-7 with a 4.46 ERA the rest of the way.
Leading the NL Central at the start of May for the sixth straight year, St. Louis has won six of its last nine.
"To be able to pitch like this and win games, it feels good," Lynn said. "I just go out there, concentrate and keep trying to improve every day."
Lynn retired the leadoff hitter six times. He also slapped a fifth-inning single to break out of an 0 for 52 slump. In addition, he set down a perfect bunt in the sixth inning.
"That bunt, that's what I'm most happy abut," he said.
St. Louis manager Mike Matheny applauded Lynn's, "bulldog tenacity."
"He just goes out there and does his job," he said. "The starting pitching has been a constant for us and he's helped lead the way. You can't ask the starters to do more than they've done."
Lynn retired the first four and last five hitters he faced.
"We had opportunities, but he pitched out of it," Cincinnati's Todd Frazier said. "We're scuffling a little bit, but you've got to give him credit."
Trevor Rosenthal pitched a hitless eighth, and Edward Mujica finished the six-hitter for his sixth save in six chances.
Carlos Beltran hit his team-high seventh homer for the Cardinals and Matt Carpenter had three hits, including a go-ahead single in the sixth.
Homer Bailey (1-3) gave up four runs and nine hits in 5 1-3 innings. He is 3-9 against St. Louis, including 0-5 with a 6.90 ERA at Busch Stadium.
Brandon Phillips drove in both Reds' runs, hitting a solo homer in the ninth.
Beltran's fourth-inning homer was his third in the six-game homestand.
"I'm not really trying to hit homers," Beltran said. "It's one of those streaks as a hitter where every ball you hit is in the air and has a chance of being a homer."
Phillips tied the game with an RBI double in the sixth.
Allen Craig walked with one out in the bottom half, Yadier Molina singled him to second, and Carpenter's broken-bat single drove in the go-ahead run, Pete Kozma and Daniel Descalso chased Bailey with consecutive run-scoring singles.
"In that sixth inning I don't think they hit any ball solid," Bailey said. "Right now, things are just not going our way."
NOTES: Beltran threw out Bailey at second in the fifth inning when the pitcher tried to stretch a single to right. ... Lynn struck out Shin soo-Choo three times. ... The Reds have won three of their last 29 series in St. Louis. ... Carpenter had two doubles in a game for the third time this season. ... Cincinnati is off Thursday after playing 20 days in a row. and starts a three-game series at Chicago on Friday. Mike Leake (1-1, 4.34) will face the Cubs' Carlos Villanueva (1-1, 2.29) in the opener. St. Louis will play four games at Milwaukee starting Thursday, when Jake Westbrook (1-1, 0.98) and Wily Peralta (2-1, 5.02) start. ... The Cardinals' seven-game errorless streak ended when Descalso allowed Jay Bruce 's ninth-inning grounder to bounce under his glove.