Lynn pitches Cardinals past Rockies 6-2


July 6th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Lance Lynn returned to his All-Star form for the Cardinals. The St. Louis rookie right-hander broke out of a three-start slump with six shutout innings, and Matt Holliday and Carlos Beltran drove in a pair of runs apiece to lead the Cardinals to a 6-2 win over the Colorado Rockies on Thursday night. Lynn (11-4) bounced back with a strong effort following a trio of disastrous outings. He surrendered four hits and struck out seven in winning for the first time since June 13. Lynn, voted to the All-Star team by his fellow players, was 0-2 with a 9.98 ERA in his three previous starts. His performance helped St. Louis win for the fourth time in five games, and 11 of 14 against Colorado. The Rockies have lost four of five. Colorado has scored 13 runs in its last six games. The hot-hitting Holliday paced the attack with a run-scoring groundout in the first and a bases-loaded single in the fifth off Colorado starter Christian Friedrich (4-6), who gave up six earned runs in 4 1-3 innings. Holliday, who has an RBI in each of his last six games, is 34 for 68 with four homers and 21 RBIs in his last 18 games. Jake Westbrook (7-6, 3.91) will face Florida Marlins right-hander Ricky Nolasco (7-6, 4.62) in the opener of a three-game series this evening (Friday) in St Louis.