Game Report: Cardinals 3, Rockies 2

By Rob Rains

If Tuesday night’s game turns out to be the last one for Lance Lynn in a Cardinals’ uniform, he certainly is going out on a high note.

It’s the same way Harrison Bader is coming into the majors.

Bader, making his major-league debut, doubled for his first career-hit to lead off the ninth and slid home with the winning run on a sacrifice fly by Jedd Gyorko as the Cardinals defeated the Rockies at Busch Stadium.

Pitching in front of scouts from at least three teams that want to add a starting pitcher before Monday’s trading deadline, Lynn allowed just one run over six-plus innings but was not involved in the decision as the bullpen could not hold the lead.

Lynn, eligible for free agency at the end of this season which is why the Cardinals are considering trade offers, gave up only two hits and a walk through the first six innings. He left after a walk and a double by Nolan Arenado in the seventh, and one of the inherited runners scored on a sacrifice fly, with the run charged to Lynn.

Scouts in attendance included representatives from the Dodgers, Indians, Blue Jays and Nationals.

Here is how the game broke down:

At the plate: The Cardinals took a quick 2-0 lead on a home run by Paul DeJong in the first inning. Matt Carpenter, back after missing Monday night’s game, singled before DeJong hit his 13th homer with one out … Between his games in Memphis and St. Louis, DeJong has hit 26 homers in 96 games and he has driven in at least one run in his last five games … The Cardinals stranded six runners between the first and eighth as they failed to score again until the ninth. Bader, hitless in his first three at-bats, shot one into the left field corner to begin the inning and advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt by Greg Garcia. Gyorko, out of the starting lineup after going 7-of-47 in his last 13 games, lofted a fly ball to right and Bader beat the throw to the plate.

On the mound:
Lynn struck out six and walked two. He has allowed only two runs in his last four starts over a combined 25 1/3 innings … Kevin Siegrist induced a double play to end the seventh after allowing the one inherited runner to score … The Rockies tied the game on a homer by Trevor Story off Matt Bowman in the eighth … Trevor Rosenthal relieved and stranded a runner at second in the eighth and pitched around two singles in the ninth to keep the game and put himself in position for the victory.

Key stat: DeJong’s homer was the first by the third-place hitter in the Cardinals’ lineup in the first inning since Carpenter hit one on May 7. It was only the second homer in any inning by the team’s third-place hitter since Stephen Piscotty hit one on June 6.

In the trainer’s room:
Before the game the Cardinals placed both Dexter Fowler and Adam Wainwright on the 10-day disabled list. Fowler is dealing with a forearm strain and Wainwright had tightness in his lower back … Manager Mike Matheny said Fowler had been dealing with swelling in the area about his wrist for the past several days and that it flared up during the game on Monday night … Wainwright apparently had been bothered by the sore back for a few days as well. He had been scheduled to start on Thursday, an assignment which apparently will now go to Luke Weaver. Weaver was scheduled to start for Memphis on Tuesday night but was scratched shortly before the game.

Worth noting: Bader was promoted from Memphis to replace Fowler and got the start in center field, where he started 87 games for the Redbirds this season. Bader became the 10th player on the opening day Triple A roster to also play for the Cardinals this season … The only player in the starting lineup Tuesday night who was not drafted by the Cardinals was Randal Grichuk, a former first-round pick of the Angels … … At Memphis on Tuesday night, Aledmys Diaz was hit by a pitch in the second inning and had to come out of the game. There was no immediate report on his condition.

Looking ahead
: The Cardinals will try to complete a sweep of the three-game series on Wednesday night. Carlos Martinez, who has not won since June 16, will get the start against Jeff Hoffman.

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