Lynn helps Cardinals beat Diamondbacks

Carlos Beltran is congratulated by Cardinals teammate Matt Holliday after hitting a two-run home run during the sixth inning of Monday night’s game against the Diamondbacks at Busch Stadium.

Carlos Beltran is congratulated by Cardinals teammate Matt Holliday after hitting a two-run home run during the sixth inning of Monday night’s game against the Diamondbacks at Busch Stadium. Photo by The Associated Press.

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Lance Lynn pitched seven solid innings and the St. Louis Cardinals got home runs from Yadier Molina and Carlos Beltran in a 7-1 victory against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday night.

Lynn allowed one run and five hits, struck out six and walked one. He improved to 8-1 for the second consecutive season while becoming the third National League pitcher to reach eight wins, trailing Patrick Corbin’s league-leading nine for Arizona.

Molina hit a leadoff drive in the fifth on the same day he received a one-game suspension from Major League Baseball for making contact with umpire Mike Everitt during an argument Sunday. The All-Star catcher appealed the decision.

Molina’s fourth homer lifted St. Louis to a 5-0 lead. He finished with two hits and two RBI.

Arizona starter Trevor Cahill was charged with five runs and nine hits in five innings. He walked three and had no strikeouts for the first time this season.

Cahill (3-6) had allowed four earned runs or less in 29 consecutive starts.

The Diamondbacks got their only run in the sixth. Gerardo Parra had a leadoff double, moved up on Martin Prado’s flyout and came home on Paul Goldschmidt’s groundout.

Beltran and Matt Carpenter had three hits apiece for the Cardinals. Beltran’s 13th homer drove in Carpenter and made it 7-1 in the sixth. He also drove in Carpenter in the fourth with a single.

The Cardinals went 5-for-8 with runners in scoring position against the usually stout Cahill. Entering the game, batters had just a .111 average against him in that situation.

David Freese singled in Molina in the third, making it 3-0 and extending his hitting streak to a career-high 13 games. Molina singled in Matt Holliday, before taking second on the throw home and third on a wild pitch.

Notes: Carpenter extended his hitting streak to 12 with a single in the first, tying his career high set from September 12-24, 2012. ... Tyler Skaggs makes his second start of the year today for the Diamondbacks in place of Brandon McCarthy, who is on the 15-day disabled list with shoulder issues. Arizona has not yet made a roster move to accommodate Skaggs’ return from Triple-A Reno. ... St. Louis’ Joe Kelly will make his first start of 2013 on Wednesday. He made 16 starts in 2012 with a 4-6 record, but has pitched exclusively out of the bullpen this year with 16 appearances. ... Corbin was named the National League’s pitcher of the month for May during which he went 5-0 with a 1.53 ERA.

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