ST. LOUIS Lance Lynn was maybe the most surprising name on the list when the National League All-Star team was announced last Sunday. He did his best to prove himself a deserving candidate Thursday night.
Coming off the three worst starts of his career that raised his ERA by more than a run, Lynn's first start since being voted to the National League squad by his peers went much better.
Lynn tossed six shutout innings on a steamy and muggy night at Busch Stadium to pick up his 11th win of the year in a 6-2 Cardinals rout of the Colorado Rockies.
"I think he started off so strong that he knew there were going to be some trials and he's answering them well," said Cardinals manager Mike Matheny. "He came back today and I thought the ball was jumping out of his hand well. I thought he looked like his stuff was good as any day he's had this season. It's nice for his confidence sake just to get back on a positive note."
The 25-year-old Lynn was 10-2 with a 2.42 ERA on June 13 and had...