Lance Lynn allowed four hits in a three-run first inning and Jason Motte gave up a two-run homer in his second straight outing as the St. Louis Cardinals lost to the Minnesota Twins 7-0 Monday.
Working on his slider instead of throwing fastballs and trying to induce fly balls into the wind, Lynn gave up three runs - two earned - and five hits in 2 1-3 innings.
Aaron Hicks and Brian Dozier started with singles, and Trevor Plouffe hit a sacrifice fly. Singles by Chris Parmalee and Joe Benson brought in another run, and Lynn threw wildly on Wilkin Ramirez's grounder for an error that allowed the third run in.
''We're trying to do things to have quicker, easier innings, and the sinker is the way to go,'' Lynn said. ''I was getting the ground balls I wanted. I just couldn't get them to hit it at anybody when I needed to.''
All five hits off Lynn were singles. He has given up four earned runs and nine hits in two starts.
''I think he's right on pace and where he should be,'' Cardinal...