For Lance Lynn the click came in the middle of a game and for slugger Matt Adams it happened in the middle of a rehab assignment. What each has been able to do since as a result of minor adjustments merged Monday in the famously thin air and fat dimensions of Coors Field. Lynn solved it. Adams flaunted it. Lynn held the host Colorado Rockies to three hits through his eight shutout innings and Adams provided two homers and a career-high six RBIs in an 8-0 rout. The shutout was a first for the Rockies at home since 2012 and a first by the Cardinals at Coors Field since 2006, when Chris Carpenter led the parade of zeroes. Adams became the first Cardinal to have at least six RBIs in a game in nearly two years, and his two home runs were – though the team is tired of the subject – one shy of the total he had in his first 202 plate appearances this season. “Everybody was freaking out about the low number of home runs,” said Adams, who has hit five in the 11 games since his return from the disabled list. “We’re the type of club that goes up there and tries to get on base for the next guy. Homers come. Stick with our approach and keep squaring the ball.” The win came at the start of a 10-game, 11-day stretch at Colorado and then off to face the class of the National League West, Los Angeles and San Francisco. It also came a few hours after the team placed starters Jaime Garcia and Michael Wacha on the disabled list. The wish not to press one of the three remaining healthy starters led manager Mike Matheny to remove Lynn after 108 pitches. Lefty Randy Choate and Jason Motte completed a perfect ninth to secure the victory. Sandwiched around a three-game losing streak, the Cardinals have won eight of their past 11 games. Lynn had the win at the start of the stretch; Adams returned from injury that day.
Adams' blasts, Lynn's command lift Cards
St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Jun 24