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Cardinals beat Nationals 1-0; Lynn pitches 8 scoreless innings

ST. LOUIS -- Lance Lynn threw eight shutout innings before Trevor Rosenthal pitched a scoreless ninth and sealed the St. Louis Cardinals' 1-0 victory in the opening game of a weekend series against the Washington Nationals.

Lynn was masterful, needing 111 pitches to face just two over the minimum. He retired the first 16 Nationals and allowed two singles while striking out eight to earn his seventh win of the season.

"Just a really well pitched game," manager Mike Matheny said. "Obviously that's an understatement."

Matt Adams, back after a 16-day stint on the disabled list, launched a home run in the second inning off Jordan Zimmerman into the seats in right center field.

The Cardinals mustered just three hits; Adam's was the difference.

"That's the game," Matheny said. "He has ridiculous power. The ability to get the ball high in the air."

The Cardinals did not have an at bat with runners in scoring position. Yet they were in complete control until the penultimate batter, when Denard Span reached on a Kolten Wong error with two outs in the ninth.

Rosenthal recovered to strike out Anthony Rendon with a changeup. Rosenthal struck out the side to put a bow on a neat, two-hour and three minute masterpiece.

"Rosey is pitching with a lot of confidence," Matheny said.

Lynn threw 73 strikes and didn't walk a batter. He induced 10 fly ball outs and five ground outs.

"When things are going well, as they were today, you can't ask for anything better," Matheny said. "It looked like he was focused on making good pitches and he didn't look distracted. Mostly because he had a lot of pitches working for him."

His counterpart, n Zimmerman, was maybe more impressive in the losing effort. Zimmerman threw a 76-pitch complete game, with 57 of those going for strikes.

One hurt him.

"He threw the ball extremely well," "He's going to be greedy. He isn't going to give us much."

Adams' home run came on a 1-0 pitch. Adams, whose dad is in town for Father's Day weekend, singled again his next time up. Allen Craig led off the second with a single before being erased on a double play. That was all the Cardinals could muster offensively.

It was enough.

The Cardinals have now won three 1-0 games this season -- and two in a week -- in which the lone run came courtesy of a solo home run.

Fourteen of the Cardinals' 35 wins this season have been shutouts.

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