Lynn struggles in Cardinals’ 11-6 loss to Pirates

PITTSBURGH, PA - SEPTEMBER 23: Aledmys Diaz #36 of the St. Louis Cardinals comes around to score on an RBI single by Randal Grichuk #15 in the sixth inning during the game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park on September 23, 2017 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH  _ Lance Lynn allowed eight runs in the first inning and the St. Louis Cardinals slipped up against the Pittsburgh Pirates 11-6 on Saturday night.  St. Louis (81-73) entered the day 1 1/2 games behind the Colorado Rockies, who play the San Diego Padres on Saturday night, for the second NL wild card. The loss ended the Cardinals’ four-game winning streak.

St. Louis remained five games behind the Cubs in the NL Cental after Chicago lost to the Milwaukee Brewers, who are a half-game ahead of St. Louis.

Lynn (11-8) got two outs before being pulled after six hits and eight runs. It was his shortest outing since Aug. 13, 2015, also at Pittsburgh.

Tommy Pham gave the Cardinals a 2-0 lead against Gerrit Cole (12-11) two batters into the game when he sent the first pitch of his at-bat over the center-field wall. Pham was 2 for 4 with three RBIs.

By WES CROSBY
Associated Press