Cards find unlikely dynamic duo in Lynn, Pham
Rookie tallies first big league homer, while starter has first multi-hit game
ST. LOUIS -- Lance Lynn came in to Sunday's game with no runs scored on the year, and Tommy Pham entered without a Major League RBI.
Together, the ninth and first hitters in the Cardinals' lineup changed those stats and spearheaded a 3-1 win over the Padres at Busch Stadium.
Lynn put together the first two-hit game of his career, twice setting the table for Pham to drive him in and ignite a struggling St. Louis offense. Lynn also pitched seven innings, giving up just three hits and earning his sixth win of the year.
"That's hard to do," Pham said of Lynn's two-pronged attack. "He hit the ball hard twice, and when he got his first hit, I was like, 'Man I've got to get a hit now.' I didn't want that extra pressure on myself. He was fantastic."
Pham's third-inning home run and fifth-inning double both plated Lynn and accounted for all of the Cardinals' scoring. It was Pham's second day hitting leadoff for St. Louis after he joined the club from Triple-A on Friday. The 27-year-old scored twice on Saturday.
"He's sparking us, and that's what we were hoping for," manager Mike Matheny said.
The other seven hitters in the St. Louis lineup posted just three hits, but a rookie and a free-swinging pitcher were all the team needed to hand San Diego starter Ian Kennedy his eighth loss.
"Take back the Pham at-bats and the two pitcher at-bats," Padres interim manager Pat Murphy said of Kennedy's outing. "Other than that, it was very, very good. Those four at-bats changed the game."