ST. LOUIS -- If the Cardinals' starters are looking for a slogan to define their work this season, here's a suggestion: If you can't shut 'em out, don't show up.
Friday night at Busch Stadium, it was Lance Lynn's turn to put up the zeroes, and he did so in the runs and the hits columns. The big right-hander didn't allow a hit until the sixth and worked eight shutout innings before Trevor Rosenthal struck out the side to close out a 1-0 victory over the Washington Nationals.
The shutout was the fourth in the Cardinals' past five games and upped their major-league-leading total to 14 for the season, one fewer than they had in all of 2013. It also was their second 1-0 victory decided by a homer this week and the fourth time they've won 1-0 this season.
Manager Mike Matheny said Lynn's curveball might have been the best he's seen, but Lynn credited his success to fastball command.
"In the bullpen, I felt pretty comfortable with where both the two-seam and four-seam were going," he said....