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Cardinals back Lynn in big way in ATL shutout

May 5, 2017

ATLANTA -- Lance Lynn cruised through six scoreless innings and the Cardinals didn't look like a team missing two starting outfielders as they humbled Mike Foltynewicz on the way to claiming a 10-0 win over the Braves on Friday night at SunTrust Park.Aledmys Diaz contributed four hits to the offensive

ATLANTA -- Lance Lynn cruised through six scoreless innings and the Cardinals didn't look like a team missing two starting outfielders as they humbled Mike Foltynewicz on the way to claiming a 10-0 win over the Braves on Friday night at SunTrust Park.
Aledmys Diaz contributed four hits to the offensive onslaught that backed Lynn, who scattered four hits and exited with a 0.72 ERA over his past four starts. Freshly promoted Tommy Pham highlighted his two-hit night with a two-run home run in a four-run third inning, and Matt Carpenter added to Foltynewicz's woes by hitting his own two-run shot in the fourth.
"I got the job done," said Lynn, now 4-1 on the season. "I would like to have been more efficient, but the offense did a nice job. I would've liked to have gone deeper when you know that you have a seven-run lead early. Command wasn't great. I was able to get out of jams when I got into them. When you're able to do that, it works out."

Foltynewicz matched a career high as he allowed seven earned runs over just four innings. The 25-year-old right-hander's attempt to construct a fourth consecutive strong start quickly evaporated as Jose Martinez and Jedd Gyorko fueled St. Louis' season-best 16-hit attack with a pair of first-inning doubles.

"During the first or second inning, I knew I didn't have my stuff today and that I was going to have to battle all day," Foltynewicz said. "Just couldn't get it down. I just left all my pitches up."
• Learning experience for Folty
The Braves have allowed 40 runs through the first four games of this homestand, and 57 runs over their past six games.
"I think there's a lot to forget about today," Braves catcher Tyler Flowers said. "That's kind of the beauty of baseball. Tomorrow is a fresh start, and then we can rewrite for the next one after that."
Welcome back to the Pham: Called up from Triple-A Memphis to replace Stephen Piscotty -- who is on the disabled list with a right hamstring strain -- Pham doubled in his first plate appearance during the second inning. The outfielder added to the splendor of his season debut in the third inning when he jumped on a slider and drilled it over the center-field wall. The two-run shot had an exit velocity of 103.3 mph and traveled a projected 410 feet, per Statcast™.

"I just swung at good hitters' pitches," Pham said. "The first at-bat, [it was] a ball up over the middle of the plate. I put a good swing on it and didn't miss it. The slider he threw me [in the third inning] kind of backed up, and I was just in a good position to hit it." More >
Two straight trifectas: Since entering Thursday with a .218 batting average, Diaz has recorded two consecutive three-plus-hit games, this latest of which included three RBIs. The Cardinals' shortstop took advantage of Carpenter's leadoff walk in the third inning when he followed Yadier Molina's sacrifice bunt with a two-run double. Diaz added a single in a two-run sixth inning against Josh Collmenter.

"The last couple games, I just feel like I have my rhythm back," Diaz said. "I had some good games at the beginning of the season, but I didn't feel like my timing was good. Right now, I'm getting my timing back."
"We'll turn it around and we'll play good baseball. The starter sets the tone for the game. We just have to right the ship there. These guys will get it going. We're a good offensive ballclub. We've been playing good baseball. We've been in games, but you can't expect to continue to come from behind day in and day out." -- Braves manager Brian Snitker, whose starting pitchers have allowed 21 earned runs over 20 innings during the past four games
Nick Markakis' fourth-inning double was the 400th of his career, making him the eighth active player to reach this mark. The others are Jose Pujols, Adrian Beltre, Carlos Beltran, Jose Cabrera, Robinson Cano, Adrian Gonzalez and Matthew Holliday.
Still sore from taking a grounder off his right hand, Gyorko was replaced at third base by Greg Garcia in the sixth inning for precautionary reasons. Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said Gyorko should be fine to return to the lineup Saturday.
Though an MRI showed no structural damage to his sore right shoulder, William Fowler was unavailable off the bench for the Cardinals on Friday. He will be re-evaluated on Saturday to determine his status for the second game of the series.
• Piscotty to DL, Fowler avoids stint
Cardinals: The Cards will continue their series at SunTrust Park with a 6:10 p.m. CT game against the Braves on Saturday. After posting a 1.35 ERA in April, Mike Leake will look to roll that success into May. He's finished at least six innings in all five of his starts and will enter Saturday with a 0.99 season WHIP.
Braves:Julio Teheran will attempt to halt his SunTrust Park struggles when this three-game series resumes Saturday at 7:10 p.m. ET. Teheran has allowed at least six runs in both of his past two home starts.
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Mark Bowman has covered the Braves for since 2001.

Jenifer Langosch has covered the Cardinals for since 2012, and previously covered the Pirates from 2007-11. Follow her on Twitter, like her Facebook page and listen to her podcast.