Right-hander Lance Lynn had a sore back. Right fielder Carlos Beltran was sick. Shortstop Rafael Furcal's bat had been ill, but his glove was fine.
Those three, along with stout relief from left-hander Marc Rzepczynski and right-hander Jason Motte, who each induced a double play in the last two innings, brought the Cardinals at least a breath of fresh air from the stagnation that had accompanied their decline to the .500 mark. The Cardinals edged the Chicago White Sox 1-0 to avoid falling under the break-even mark for the first time this year.
Lynn, who surely will be among the National League starters for the All-Star Game, posted his 10th win, minutes after New York Mets right-hander R.A. Dickey recorded his 10th. For the second straight start, Lynn, in his first year in the Cardinals' rotation, notched his strikeout high.
From the 11 he had in Houston last week, Lynn fanned 12 in 7 13 innings, including three men in the fifth after White Sox right fielder Alex Rios led off wit...