The Cardinals staked right-hander Lance Lynn to a 7-0 lead after four at-bats and Lynn scored his sixth straight victory, becoming the first Cardinals starter to win his first six starts since Bob Tewksbury in 1994. But there were some twists and turns along the way before the Cardinals posted a 9-6 win at Arizona.
First, though he allowed no runs, Lynn was not as sharp as he had been in his first five starts, when he gave up a total of six runs. He fanned seven but walked four on Monday and ran his pitch count to 91 by the end of the fifth.
With Lynn having qualified for the win, Cardinals manager Mike Matheny lifted him.
"(Monday) was a struggle," said Lynn. "I didn't have command. But I was able to get out of it. No harm, no foul."
But Matheny may have stayed with left-handed reliever J.C. Romero a batter too long as the Diamondbacks rallied for six runs in the sixth, five of them off Romero, who retired none of the five hitters he faced. Romero has given up seven runs in his...