After striking out three times in the first six innings of Thursday night’s game in Houston, David Freese busted out hitting his first career grand slam, plus a two-run homer and rookie pitcher Lance Lynn mowed down a career-high 11 as the Cardinals crushed the Astros 14-2.
It was the first career multi-homer game for Freese and his six RBIs tied a career-high. Freese’s slam came in the seventh inning and was the third homer of the game for St. Louis. He added a two-run shot in the ninth as the Cardinals scored a season-high for run totals.
Carlos Beltran connected on his NL leading 16th homer in the fifth and Shane Robinson added a two-run blast in the seventh to help the Cardinals take the series.
Lynn’s nine victories are tied with R.A. Dickey of the Mets for most in the NL. Lynn (9-2) allowed six hits and two runs to continue his mastery of the NL Central. He is 7-0 with 60 strikeouts in 15 career appearances in the Central Division.