The way Lance Lynn tells it there has not been a day since he joined the Cardinals’ major-league rotation that Adam Wainwright missed a chance to chide him for what he didn’t have.
An All-Star by the age of 25, an 18-game winner soon after, a 200-inning pitcher last season, and the starter for 146 professional games, Lynn had done a lot, except he had never thrown the final pitch in any of those starts. Everybody in the clubhouse knew that because Wainwright was there to remind Lynn that he didn’t have a complete game, let alone a shutout.

“He thinks I’m too good not to have one,” Lynn said. “So he made sure I knew about it.”

Wainwright will have to find a new point to needle.

In his 147th professional start, his 75th in the majors, Lynn held the New York Yankees to five hits and threw his first career shutout. Lynn needed a career-high 126 pitches and got home runs from Allen Craig and Matt Holliday to complete a 6-0 gem Tuesday night at Busch Stadium. After Brian Roberts flew out to Holliday for the final out, catcher Yadier Molina embraced Lynn near the mound and congratulated him on finishing his first.

Holliday made sure Lynn got the last baseball thrown.

Jason Motte smashed a shaving-cream pie in his face.

“That’s something we don’t do much around here,” Lynn said. “I guess the bullpen has different birds. Imagine that. … Since my first day in the major leagues that’s your goal always to throw a complete-game shutout. Every time you go out there that’s your goal — not give up any runs and finish it. Took me way too long.”

The Cardinals won for the 10th time in their past 13 games with one of the more well-rounded games of the season. A club that spent most of April tugging in opposite directions — pitching surging, offense lagging; bullpen perking, defense stumbling — now has most facets in synch. Holliday homered for the first time since April 28, which also was the last time he and Craig homered in the same game. Lynn threw the third consecutive start of at least seven innings by the rotation, and in those 24 innings from Wainwright, Michael Wacha and Lynn the trio of starters allowed three earned runs. Total.

Lynn kept his defense busy with 15 groundouts, and the Cardinals’ infielders kept Lynn’s nine innings spotless with a series of slick plays. Second baseman Kolten Wong had three alone, including a back-foot throw to start a double play. For contrast, Yankees starter David Phelps, a Hazelwood West grad, had his start complicated by two errors in the same four-run inning.