ST. LOUIS – 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 games.
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 snap an 0-for-52 streak.
That bunt, that’s what I’m most happy abut, he said.
CUBS 6, PADRES 2: In Chicago, Scott Feldman retired 18 straight on his way to his first career complete game and Chicago took advantage of its former No. 1 pick Andrew Cashner’s wildness
Feldman (2-3) earned his second straight win, allowing two runs and three hits while walking one. After Chase Headley singled with two outs in the first, Feldman retired the next 18 batters.
Feldman had 12 strikeouts to set a new career high. He also had an RBI double in the second to give the Cubs a 2-0 lead.
Cashner, making his first start against the team that made him its No. 1 pick in 2008, lasted four innings and gave up five runs, four earned.
PIRATES 6, BREWERS 4: In Milwaukee, Starling Marte hit a tying two-run homer in the eighth inning and Brandon Inge had a go-ahead RBI single to rally Pittsburgh, which snapped nine-game losing streak against Milwaukee.
Pedro Alvarez added a run-scoring single to cap a four-run eighth as Pittsburgh won for the 10th time in its last 15 games and ended Milwaukee’s eight-game home winning streak.
NATIONALS 2, BRAVES 0: In Atlanta, Jordan Zimmermann turned in another dominant performance with two-hit ball over eight innings, and Ian Desmond hit a two-run homer in the fourth to lead Washington.
The Braves had won five in a row this season over their NL East rival and nine straight dating to last season.
METS 7, MARLINS 6: In Miami, Jordany Valdespin hit a three-run pinch-homer and New York rallied to break a six-game losing streak and avert a series sweep.
Valdespin put New York ahead to stay in the sixth inning with his second homer, and NL RBI leader John Buck added a two-run double in the seventh.