Lynn is unbeaten in his last eight regular-season home outings heading into Monday night's opener of a four-game set for the St. Louis Cardinals in this matchup of division leaders.
NL West-leading Arizona (32-24) took two of three at home from Central-leading St. Louis (37-19) to start the season. Lynn (7-1, 2.91 ERA), seeking to start 8-1 for the second straight season, gave up four runs over four-plus innings in a 10-9, 16-inning defeat April 3.
The right-hander has yielded that many runs just twice over his next 10 outings. He's also 6-0 with a 2.84 ERA in his last eight regular-season starts at Busch Stadium, yielding two runs over seven innings and not receiving a decision in Wednesday's 5-3 home victory over Kansas City.
Lynn will have to be wary of Gerardo Parra , who is 3 for 6 with two triples and a homer against him. Parra went 8 for 16 with four runs scored in the season-opening series against the Cardinals.
The Diamondbacks outfielder is 9 for 23 during a modest six-game hitting streak with consecutive two-RBI efforts to help Arizona take two of three on the road this past weekend from the Cubs.
Paul Goldschmidt is also surging, going 14 for 31 over his last eight games with 10 RBIs and nine runs scored. He leads the NL with 33 road RBIs but is just 7 for 31 overall against St. Louis - 2 for 2 against Lynn.
Despite the hot bats, manager Kirk Gibson is hoping for good weather in St. Louis since his team has been unable to get in any extra hitting outside.
"It's kind of getting to the point where I think we'll look forward to getting to St. Louis," Gibson told the Diamondbacks' official website. "Hopefully we'll get some weather where we can get some early work in and just have a good BP session."
Freese has matched a career high with a 12-game run in which he is batting .357 including a two-run homer in Sunday's 4-2 defeat to San Francisco."I'm seeing the baseball and trying to consistently hit the ball hard somewhere," he said. "It's all about the approach at the plate."
Carpenter is even hotter at .391 with 10 runs scored during his 11-game surge.
Those hitters will be up against Diamondbacks starter Trevor Cahill (3-5, 2.88), who has permitted four earned runs or fewer for 29 straight starts for the longest active streak in the majors.
Cahill will face the Cardinals for the second time after giving up three runs over 5 2-3 innings in a 6-1 loss April 2.
Matt Holliday homered off him in that contest and is 3 for 9 against the right-hander with every hit leaving the ballpark.
|May 31, 2013||Brandon McCarthy||15-Day DL||Right shoulder inflammation|
|May 31, 2013||Eric Chavez||15-Day DL||Strained right oblique|
|May 30, 2013||Eric Chavez||Day-to-Day||Strained right oblique|
|May 26, 2013||Ian Kennedy||Day-to-Day||Cut on right index finger|
|May 08, 2013||J.J. Putz||15-Day DL||Strained right elbow|
|April 27, 2013||Didi Gregorius||7-Day DL||Mild concussion|
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|May 26, 2013||John Gast||15-Day DL||Left shoulder tightness|
|May 26, 2013||Carlos Beltran||Day-to-Day||Left shoulder soreness|
|May 25, 2013||John Gast||Day-to-Day||Left game - left shoulder tightness|
|May 21, 2013||Fernando Salas||15-Day DL||Right shoulder irritation|
|May 18, 2013||Jaime Garcia||60-Day DL||Left shoulder strain|
|May 09, 2013||Jake Westbrook||15-Day DL||Right elbow inflammation|
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Lance Lynn was feeling so good that he wanted to stay in the game. These days, everything is going right for the pitcher.
Lynn pitched seven solid innings and the St. Louis Cardinals got home runs from Yadier Molina and Carlos Beltran in a 7-1 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday night.
"It was a good night," Lynn said. "We had a good plan and I was able to make some pitches."
The right-hander allowed one run and five hits, struck out six and walked one. He improved to 8-1 for the second consecutive season while becoming the third National League pitcher to reach eight wins, trailing Patrick Corbin 's league-leading nine for Arizona.
The Diamondbacks got their only run in the sixth. Gerardo Parra had a leadoff double, moved up on Martin Prado 's flyout and came home on Paul Goldschmidt 's groundout.
It was the only time a runner reached second against Lynn, who allowed four runs in four-plus innings against Arizona in his first start of the season on April 3.
This time around, the Diamondbacks couldn't figure him out.
"He's very deceptive," Arizona manager Kirk Gibson . "He's pitched well for them this year and he pitched a good game against us tonight. So, to beat guys like that you've got to play a much tighter game and we were unable to match him tonight."
Molina hit a leadoff drive in the fifth on the same day he received a one-game suspension from Major League Baseball for making contact with umpire Mike Everitt during an argument on Sunday. The All-Star catcher appealed the decision.
Molina's fourth homer lifted St. Louis to a 5-0 lead. He finished with two hits and two RBIs, and leads the National League with a .350 batting average.
He wasn't available after the game but Lynn (8-1) said his catcher's performance came as no surprise.
"He wasn't happy with the way (Sunday) went and you can't blame him," Lynn said. "You knew that he was going to show up tonight and give everything he had and he did that for us."
Arizona starter Trevor Cahill was charged with five runs and nine hits in five innings. He walked three and had no strikeouts for the first time this season.
Cahill (3-6) had allowed four earned runs or less in 29 consecutive starts.
"I was just behind in the count it felt like the whole game and the couple times I was ahead I wasn't able to put them away," Cahill said.
Beltran and Matt Carpenter had three hits apiece for the Cardinals. Beltran's 13th homer drove in Carpenter and made it 7-1 in the sixth. He also drove in Carpenter in the fourth with a single.
The Cardinals went 4 for 8 with runners in scoring position against the usually stout Cahill. Entering the game, batters had just a .111 average against him in that situation.
David Freese singled in Molina in the third, making it 3-0 and extending his hitting streak to a career-high 13 games. Molina singled in Matt Holliday , before taking second on the throw home and third on a wild pitch.
NOTES: Lynn threw 105 pitches. ... Carpenter extended his hitting streak to 12 with a single in the first, tying his career high set from September 12-24, 2012. ... Tyler Skaggs makes his second start of the year Tuesday for the Diamondbacks in place of Brandon McCarthy , who is on the 15-day disabled list with shoulder issues. Arizona has not yet made a roster move to accommodate Skaggs' return from Triple-A Reno. ... St. Louis' Joe Kelly will make his first start of 2013 on Wednesday. He made 16 starts in 2012 with a 4-6 record, but has pitched exclusively out of the bullpen this year with 16 appearances. ... Corbin was named the National League's pitcher of the month for May during which he went 5-0 with a 1.53 ERA.