DENVER -- Even as he defied it with all those poke singles to left field earlier this season, St. Cardinals slugger Matt Adams grew tired of talking about the extreme defensive shifts that greeted him with almost every at-bat this season.
"Another shift question," he once sighed in the Cardinals' clubhouse.
He has found a way to avoid them.
As prevalent as shifts have become, one hasn't been devised to catch home runs.
In his fifth game at Coors Field, Adams finally found out what the fuss is about and frolicked in the Mile High City's thin air. The Cardinals' first baseman launched two home runs for his first multi-homer game of the season and drove in six runs as the Cardinals routed the host Rockies, 8-0, on Monday night.
After going around the shifts for the first two months of the season, Adams has increasingly gone over them. Adams became the first Cardinals' player with six RBIs since David Freese had as many two years ago.
The homers backed a gem from righty Lance Lynn, who helped author the Cardinals' 15 shutout of the season on the same day the put two starters on the disabled list. Sandwiched around a three-game losing streak, the Cardinals have now won eight of their past 11 games.
Lynn (8-5) held the Rockies to three hits during his eight shutout innings. He did not walk a batter, struck out seven, and was ruthlessly effective as the Cardinals built their lead in the middle innings. The righty led the Rockies to their first shutout at home since July 2012. The Cardinals had not kept the Rockies scoreless at Coors since 2006, a game dominated by Chris Carpenter.
The left-right combo of Randy Choate and Jason Motte handled the ninth.
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