Game Report: Cardinals 4, Pirates 0

If Lance Lynn truly is auditioning for a job with another team for the final two months of this season, he gave a good performance for those watching on Saturday night in Pittsburgh.

Lynn, eligible for free agency after the season which makes him a strong candidate to be traded before the July 31 deadline, pitched 6 1/3 scoreless innings to lead the Cardinals over the Pirates.

Lynn has now worked 13 1/3 consecutive scoreless innings in his last two starts, allowing just 11 hits.

Batting left-handed, Lynn even contributed offensively with a double and scored a run in a three-run fifth inning.

Here is how the game broke down:

At the plate: Tommy Pham had three hits, scored a run and drove in a run to lead the offense. He doubled in the fourth and scored the Cardinals’ first run on a single by Jedd Gyorko … Pham’s second double capped a three-run fifth inning, which also included the double by Lynn … Despite striking out in his last at-bat, Pham raised his average to .311 … Matt Carpenter had a pair of singles and the Cardinals’ only other hit was a single by Luke Voit, who started at first base with Carpenter moving back to second.

On the mound: Lynn left after allowing a pair of hits with one out in the seventh, but Matt Bowman got out of the jam. Lynn did not walk a batter and struck out three … Trevor Rosenthal worked a 1-2-3 eighth for the second consecutive game, striking out two, before Tyler Lyons pitched the ninth.

Key stat: This is only the second time in Lynn’s career he has not allowed a run in two consecutive starts. The previous time was in September 2015, totaling 11 innings. This is the fifth time this season he did not allow a run while pitching at least five innings.

Worth noting: The Cardinals made their second roster move in as many days on Saturday, placing Stephen Piscotty on the 10-day DL and recalling Magneuris Sierra from Springfield. Piscotty suffered a groin strain in the ninth inning on Friday night. This is Sierra’s third stint with the major-league club this season, and he has at least one hit in all eight games he has played with the Cardinals … Carson Kelly hit his ninth homer for Memphis on Friday night, matching his career high. … Zach Duke worked a scoreless inning with two strikeouts for the Redbirds. He has not allowed a run in six innings spread across three levels as he works his way back following Tommy John surgery.

Looking ahead:
Carlos Martinez will start for the Cardinals in the final game of the series on Sunday in his first game since pitching two scoreless innings, and recording four strikeouts, in the All-Star game. Trevor Williams is scheduled to start for the Pirates.