David Freese homered and Lance Lynn threw eight strong innings to lead the St. Louis Cardinals to a 5-1 win over the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday afternoon. Lynn (4-0) held Chicago to six hits in becoming the first four-game winner in the majors and helping the Cardinals avoid a three-game sweep.
Freese’s two-run blast in the sixth capped a three-run, two-out rally against starter Chris Volstad. Freese added an RBI double in the eighth.
Volstad (0-3) threw six solid innings, retiring St. Louis in order during four of them. But he’s still 0-8 in 15 starts since July 10, 2011. Bryan LaHair homered to lead off the fourth for Chicago’s only run. LaHair has four of Chicago’s lowest seven home runs this season, the lowest total in the majors.