St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Lance Lynn (31) throws to a Chicago White Sox batter in the first inning at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-US PRESSWIRE
(The Chirp) -- RHP Lance Lynn gained his staff-high 18th win although his 5 1/3-inning outing wasn't his best. Lynn allowed four runs, although he fanned nine in boosting his mark to 18-7. The All-Star right-hander won his fourth straight start and posted his fifth win in a row. Manager Mike Matheny said, "You look up there and a guy we'd just moved out of the starting rotation (for three weeks) won his 18th game. That's pretty impressive for a rookie starter. The sky's the limit for this guy."
Rookie SS Pete Kozma had his second straight three-hit game, a period in which he drove in a total of five runs. Replacing injured SS Rafael Furcal, Komza, who batted .232 in Class AAA this year, is hitting .338 and has 12 RBI in his last eight games while batting eighth in the lineup. Kozma said, "You hate to see a guy like (Furcal) go down, but you've got to make the best of it."
SS Rafael Furcal continues to feel pain in his right elbow (he has a torn ligament) and does not know whether he'll be able to contribute again this season regardless of how long into October the Cardinals play. Furcal plans to meet with doctors in the middle of the week to see whether he can begin a throwing program.
RHP Kyle McClellan (elbow surgery) has had his rehab moved up a couple of weeks. McClellan, who has been out since May, will begin a throwing program in early November.
3B David Freese returned to the lineup after missing nearly a week with a sprained right ankle. Freese, who injured his ankle in a freak accident in an indoor batting cage in Houston, nearly was skulled by a big part of the bat as Washington 3B Ryan Zimmerman had his bat broken in the fifth inning. Freese shuffled to his left, avoiding the bat, and started an inning-ending double play. "How close was that?" said Freese, who has been hurt in various other freak incidents in his brief big-league career.
BY THE NUMBERS: 99 -- Number of home runs hit right-handed by switch-hitting RF Carlos Beltran. He has 235 left-handed after hitting one from both sides of the plate on Sunday.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "It's been a long, long stretch. Nothing's working right now." -- RHP Lance Lynn is 18-7 on the mound but has no hits in his last 43 at-bats.