The Cardinals cashed in on San Diego starter Tyson Ross' early wildness to score two quick runs and then used another effective outing from Lance Lynn in a 4-2 win over the Padres on Friday night at Busch Stadiuim.
Ross walked the first three Cardinals he faced before giving up an RBI single to Matt Adams. Another run scored on an infield out and the Cardinals were up 2-0.
Ross settled down after that, though one bit of wildness, hitting Jon Jay on the foot in the fourth, turned into another run.
Lynn struck out six in six innings of work and improved to 13-8. The Padres got their only run in the fifth on three hits from three of their weakest bats, hitters who came into the game at .100, .156 and .226. But Lynn was able to minimize the damage, getting a strike out and a pop out as the Padres left runners on second and third.
The Cardinals added a run in the eighth on an RBI single by pinch-hitter Oscar Taveras, who started the game on the bench for the second straight night.
Sam Freeman, Seth Maness and Pat Neshek pitched the final three innings. Neshek got the save as Trevor Rosenthal, who threw 24 pitches in getting the save on Thursday, got the night off. Neshek allowed a run in the ninth, giving up a home run to Yasmani Grandal on an 0-2 pitch with two outs. It was Neshek's fourth save of the season.
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