LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Right-hander Lance Lynn scattered four singles through five scoreless innings and Matt Adams hit his fourth homer and scored twice, leading the Cardinals to a 5-2 win over the Braves on Sunday at Champion Stadium.
Lynn struck out three, walked one and did not allow more than one hit in any inning or any Braves baserunner to reach third. He improved to 1-1 through four starts this spring, lowering his ERA to 1.29 over 14 innings.
"Five innings, 75 pitches. That was the goal," said Lynn, who actually got through five on 73 pitches (44 strikes). "Not a lot of long-pitch innings, which was good. Missed some spots here and there, but for the most part, I felt pretty good. The last couple innings, I felt better as I went on."
In addition to his leadoff homer in the fourth inning, Adams singled and stole second before scoring the first run of the game on Tommy Pham's two-out double. Eric Fryer drove in Pham with a single. Aledmys Diaz reached on an error in the third and then scored on Jedd Gyorko's double to extend the St. Louis lead to 3-0.
Taking the loss for Atlanta was right-hander Julio Teheran, who allowed four runs (three earned) on six hits and one walk. He struck out three Cardinals in his return from pitching for Colombia in the World Baseball Classic. Before the game, the Braves announced Teheran would start on Opening Day at the Mets.
"It was one of those games," Teheran said. "I battled through five innings and I feel good. That's the most important thing."
The Cardinals added to their lead in the seventh against righty Josh Collmenter when Paul DeJong plated Fryer on a sacrifice fly. Fryer had reached on an error, advanced to second on Greg Garcia's single and moved to third on Kolten Wong's fielder's choice.
Cardinals Up Next: The Cardinals will play their first night game of the spring on Monday when they travel to the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches to face the Astros. First pitch is scheduled for 5:05 p.m. CT. Mike Leake is scheduled to start for the Cardinals, who will also have Trevor Rosenthal pitch in the game.
Braves Up Next: The Braves will remain in Lake Buena Vista to host the Marlins at 1:05 p.m ET. Monday. Right-hander R.A. Dickey will start for Atlanta, seeking his first win this spring.