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August 26, 2013

Braves bust toothless Cardinals

ST. LOUIS — After a rough beginning, Lance Lynn settled down and kept the Cardinals in the game. They just couldn’t come up with enough offense to beat the Braves.

The struggling St. Louis right-hander overcame a slow start and allowed just one run in his final five innings in the Cardinals’ 5-2 loss to Atlanta on Sunday.

Lynn, who is winless in his last four starts and 2-4 since the All-Star break, surrendered four runs on nine hits over seven innings in falling to 13-8.

“They got after me pretty good early in the game, but I was able to turn it around and go deep in the game,” Lynn said. “I think I threw the ball well for the most part.”

Lynn had been burned by one bad inning in each of his previous three starts. He gave up five runs in the fourth against Milwaukee, four in the second against Pittsburgh and three in the seventh against the Cubs.

He avoided the blow-up frame on Sunday and feels he is headed in the right direction.

“Hopefully for me, this was a building (block) going down the stretch,” he said. “I’ve got some starts coming up where I’ve got to be really good.

And I plan on being really good.”

Lynn faced just three batters in the third, fourth, fifth and sixth innings against the Braves.

“He needed to slow down a bit,” St. Louis manager Mike Matheny said. “But once he established that, they seemed to have different at-bats against him.”

Atlanta right-hander Mike Minor went seven strong innings to pick up his team-leading 13th win.

Still, Minor refuses to accept the role of stopper on his pitching-rich squad.

“I don’t look at myself as the ace of this team,” he said.

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