Lance Lynn won his 10th consecutive decision, allowing one run and five hits in seven innings Wednesday to lead the St. Louis 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 the second straight quick start for Lynn, who 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.
Trevor Rosenthal pitched a hitless eighth, and Edward Mujica finished the six-hitter for his sixth save in six chances. Leading the NL Central at the start of May for the sixth straight year, St. Louis has won six of its last nine.
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 ...