Cardinals Stuck in Doldrums

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Cardinals Stuck in Doldrums
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Lance Lynn was tied for the National League wins at 13, in part because he's good at his craft and, in part, because of his team's largesse on offense, averaging a league-high 6.61 runs a game for him. But for one of the few times Friday night, the Cardinals' offense forsook Lynn. And so did his control in a three-run Chicago seventh inning as the Cubs made sure he didn't gain win No. 14 by beating the Cardinals 3-0 before a paid crowd of 42,664 at Busch Stadium. Lynn (13-6), who allowed just three hits but walked five and hit two batters, issued two of his passes and nicked one batter in the seventh, and lefthander Randy Choate allowed a two-run, ground-ball single to lefthanded-hitting Anthony Rizzo. The fast-backsliding Cardinals lost for the third straight game and 12th time in their last 16 games. They have had 24 hits in the last three games, 22 of them singles, and just five runs.

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